The Star Wars franchise is arguably the largest and most successful film series of all time. Spanning entire generations and generating tons of revenue, there are tons of die hard fans who flock to theaters to see their favorite characters in a galaxy far, far away. Well, today is one for the history books of hardcore fans, because it appears that Darth Vader is going to be getting his very own story as part of a groundbreaking Virtual Reality experience that will put you personally in the action of Vader's adventures, and it's coming from a renowned genre filmmaker... only, you may have to wait a while to see it.
Today at the Star Wars Celebration in London, it was announced that Lucasfilm is collaborating with screenwriter David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Chris Nolan's Batman trilogy, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and the virtually reality wizards at ILMxLAB to create a Darth Vader-centric movie experience that is unlike any chapter in the Star Wars saga. Rather than a plain old flick, it will be a virtual reality experience that puts you in the galaxy far, far away. Fans will don headphones and VR goggles and will be able to interact with and experience Vader's solo romp first-hand. And it's supposed to be in canon, according to the official announcement on Star Wars.com.
At the Celebration panel, Goyer explained:
Our very own Sean O'Connell is currently our eyes and ears at the Star Wars Celebration, where he was able to experience a taste of the new Star Wars VR experience, this one called Trials on Tatooine. It was very immersive, with the participant truly feeling like they're on the dessert world of Tatooine. Those who got to test out the movie experience were able to interact with the environment and even got to deflect Stormtrooper blasts with a lightsaber. Basically, this movie is all of our inner child's dream come true. Take that Pokemon Go.
Lucasfilm is working alongside Industrial Light & Magic to craft the stunning visuals needed to truly put us in the world of Star Wars. So not only will the experience be the cause of multiple nerdgasms, it will be high quality as well.
Now the question is where in the timeline of Star Wars the new Darth Vader movie will be set. I'm hoping for a fully badass version of Vader, so I'd love a story that was set around the time of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But since that moment in time is going to be shown in December, perhaps we'll be able to see some of Vader's interactions and movement during the course of the original trilogy. A different perspective of iconic scenes would be exciting for long-term fans; a way of rewarding those who have stuck with the franchise through good and bad.
We'll continue to update you on the Darth Vader VR movie as details become public to us.
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Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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