In the recently released teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans were blessed with a really cool shot of the famous Millennium Falcon in action, and man it looked good.
Now comes an even closer look at the gorgeous ship, courtesy of Fortune magazine. The ship, which was piloted by Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in the original films, is so important in the Star Wars universe to fans, and the mere mention of the ship making a return when the film was announced got fans excited.
Earlier this year director JJ Abrams released a video showing the Millennium Falcon in the background, and fans went wild. The video was part of a fun interaction between Abrams and Zack Snyder.
Now comes a really cool image of Disney CEO Bob Iger stood with the Millennium Falcon behind him, fully built for real, and a second image with the Falcon behind him on the cover of the latest edition of Fortune.
As part of Forbes’ cover story on Disney CEO Bob Iger, the magazine turned to Yannick Dusseault, the visual effects art director for “The Force Awakens” at Industrial Light & Magic, to create the detailed images of the beloved spacecraft. According to Forbes, the cover shot was a custom build that was “rendered in wireframe form (a skeletal version) as well as a more layered ‘textured render,’ which were combined in Photoshop to create the final image.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters December 18, 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, and features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. The film is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk, and John Williams returns as the composer. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga.
In further Star Wars news, Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac, who is playing a mystery role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, recently revealed that Abrams is opting for more practical effects over green screen, something which I am sure will please fans.
“There was a lot of practical effects,” said the Inside Llewyn Davis actor, who is forbidden from discussing his specific role. “A lot of the stuff they actually made. There wasn’t a lot of green screen.
Rian Johnson, who is writing and directing Episode VIII, was previously quoted saying something similar: “They’re doing so much practical building for this one. It’s awesome,” he said on the Girls in Hoodies podcast. “I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it. I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in terms of the CG-driven action scene lending itself to a very specific type of action scene, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big so quick.”
Isaac said earlier this month “There was just so much love poured into it and so much care. The thing is, when you rely on the latest technology to tell your story – and that’s it – that dates. It can date badly. Whereas, when you actually make the stuff, I think there’s something about that that is a little bit more ageless. It was totally like living out a childhood dream. Being on those sets and being surrounded by those people – talking to Anthony Daniels, seeing him getting suited up, and Peter Mayhew putting on the suit again – that was incredible.”