Plenty of “Star Wars” fans have wanted to get behind the controls of an X-Wing Fighter over they years, and now Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment wing ILMxLAB has brought the opportunity one stage closer with its new short film “Rogue One: Recon A Star Wars 360 Experience.”
Created for Verizon, and set to tie in with the upcoming release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, the immersive short uses Samsung Gear VR Headsets to get viewers behind the eyeballs of a rebel pilot taking a dangerously close look at the Empire’s latest weapon, the original Death Star.
“The experience includes a unique 3D perspective on the Empire’s technological terror, a brief battle and, sadly, a seemingly fiery end for the pilot.”
Unfortunately for fans, it doesn’t look like this recon experience is going to be distributed as widely as its theatrically-released big brother; anyone wanting to go on the mission themselves will first have to travel to one of the 1,400 Verizon stores with both the film and the equipment in place.
Set outside of the main sequel trilogy that began with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One” is set just before 1977’s “Star Wars” and details the Rebel plot to steal the Death Star plans from the Empire. Directed by Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla,” “Monsters”) from a script by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, “Rogue One” stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna and Riz Ahmed.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens on December 16.
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