Google, Verizon and Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB studio have teamed up to launch the Jakku Spy app, an immersive, story-driven virtual reality experience that leads into “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” According to StarWars.com, the app allows fans to become a Resistance secret agent on Jakku, with installments written by the Lucasfilm Story Group and overseen by director J.J. Abrams.
“The great thing about these kinds of experiences and the great thing about working on these projects within ILMxLAB is, we’re actually working on them with the exact same people who are making the movie at the same time,” Rob Bredow, Lucasfilm’s head of New Media/VP, Advanced Development Group, said in a statement. “So those are the real characters from the film, those are the real sets from the film. In some cases they’re digital sets, in some cases they’re photography — just like the way we make the movie, with a mix of different techniques. We’re able to use all those same techniques in virtual reality and put you inside those sets. You’ll even recognize moments and pieces that we’re able to use literally from the trailer and the film. So in that way, it’s very authentic.”
The app will unlock content like experiences and messages from the Resistance as “The Force Awakens'” release date approaches. Together, they will tell a serialized story in the “Star Wars” universe.
In addition to the app, a Google cardboard viewer — “a retro-fun, fold-and-assemble frame for smartphones that enables virtual reality immersion” — will be available at Verizon stores to enhance the virtual reality experience. You can see more in the video below.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” stars franchise veterans Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow.
The film will be released wide Dec. 16 in France, Dec. 17 in the United Kingdom and Dec. 18 in North America.
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