We're in the home stretch! There are just 7 more days until Star Wars: The Force Awakens officially opens for Thursday night preview screenings. And it's becoming harder and harder to avoid any more new footage. Today, we have a new featurette that is completely safe to watch and absolutely spoiler free. All of the footage is from the third and final domestic trailer that arrived a few weeks ago. But it is interspersed with new interviews from the cast and crew discussing the reasons why Star Wars: The Force Awakens is best viewed in IMAX. Director J.J. Abrams makes the case, saying this.
"I'm a huge fan of what IMAX is about. I wanted to shoot this one sequence in the format to have a movie, even one sequence of it shot, using those cameras. You feel it. And it ends up being that much more fun to watch. For fans of Star Wars, they'll get to experience a sequence in a way they haven't before. That feeling of going to the movies, and having a fully immersive, high quality presentation of the film. It is something that is more valuable than ever. And I think that IMAX stands for that. And when you go see a movie in that format, you know you are getting the best version of going out to the movies. "
The sequence in question, which was completely shot using IMAX cameras, takes place on the desert planet of Jakku. The Millennium Falcon is being chased by TIE Fighters. And the iconic ship takes a shortcut through a crashed Star Destroyer. About shooting the IMAX scenes that take place on Jakku, new franchise addition John Boyega, who plays the AWOL Stormtrooper Finn, had this to say.
"I just remember being on set where you see Finn in the desert. That was the first time I saw the IMAX cameras up close. And when I saw that logo on the camera, I was like, 'Oh, yes!'"
John Boyega isn't the only Star Wars: The Force Awakens star championing your purchase of an IMAX ticket. Daisy Ridley, who plays the desert scavenger Rey, wants you to know that it is 'really amazing and innovative'. Gwendoline Christie, who plays the First Order Stormtrooper leader Captain Phasma explains that everyone on set felt 'very immersed in a very real world'. She truly believes that this feeling of being in his world will fully translate to the audience when viewed in IMAX.
Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac also believe that you should see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in IMAX. As they put it, you will be 'dropped right into the middle of it' all. Heck, IMAX, Disney and LucasFilm even got Harrison Ford, who reprises his role as the iconic space pirate Han Solo, to shill for the more immersive moviegoing experience. Though, he doesn't say much.
"IMAX really is a powerful engine for storytelling."
The Star Wars galaxy is a dangerous place. Epic Battles. Remote worlds. Strange creatures. And deadly threats at each turn. A long time ago a group of heroes banded together to save the galaxy from an Evil Empire. A dark new threat promises to destroy everything they've fought for. Now it's time for a new generation of heroes. Rey, a scavenger searching for answers. And Finn, a rogue Stormtrooper looking for something to fight for. They team up with a mysterious droid named BB-8. These three must make a choice. Continue their journey alone. Or work together to defeat the dark side.
The film stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, , Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis and Max von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt. Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases in U.S. theaters on December 18, 2015. Take a look at this latest sneak peek. And then buy your IMAX tickets today!