Speed across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this immersive 360 experience created exclusively for Facebook. Facebook has announced the very exciting news that 360-degree videos will now be available in all News Feeds. And a lot of companies are already jumping on this innovative way to share a new interactive, fully immersive environment that will plunge you deeper into any world that you've ever dreamed of exploring. And it all starts with Star Wars as Disney and Lucasfilm pull you directly into one of the new planets in that Galaxy far, far away. You can pretend to be Han Solo, Chewbacca, Finn or Rey as you race across the desolate sands of a world ravished by war!
A number of publishers are now sharing their new 360 videos on Facebook. Star Wars isn't the only cool kids in the game. Discovery, GoPro, LeBron James & Uninterrupted, NBC's Saturday Night Live, Heroes Reborn and Vice are all also getting in the game. Any publisher can now upload 360 video to Facebook and start sharing. People from all over the world will be able to discover, explore and experience 360 videos in News Feed. Fans will be able to go inside their beloved franchises like never before. The imagination is limitless, and the possibilities know no bounds.
360 video will fully immerse you in the content you're watching, enabling you to look around, choose what angle you want to see it from, and experience it as if you were there. On the web you can do this by dragging around the video with your mouse, and on mobile devices you do it by dragging with your finger - or even just by turning your device. You'll be able to hold up your phone and the 360 video will follow you as you turn, looking around, to experience things from all over the world like never before. If you're using Facebook on the web or on Android, you should be able to see 360 videos in News Feed soon, and Facebook plans to roll this out for iOS in the coming months.
This Star Wars: The Force Awakens video explores the desert planet of Jakku, giving fans a first-person view as a ship travels through the wreckage, including a crashed Star Destroyer. This video was created exclusively for Facebook's new 360 degree videos, so don't expect to see any of this footage when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18. Still, with three months left until its release, it's possible that we may see even more of these 360-degree videos from this highly-anticipated sci-fi adventure.
John Boyega (Finn), Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) lead a new cast of characters including Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Lupita Nyong'o (Maz Kanata), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke). Beloved favorites Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) also return to reprise their roles.
J.J. Abrams directs from a script he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan, with the director also producing alongside Kathleen Kennedy and Bryan Burk. With just over three months left until this highly-anticipated film hits theaters, some box office analysts are already predicting the movie could shatter records when it debuts. Some are estimating that it could earn a whopping $615 million worldwide. To put that number in perspective, Jurassic World became the first movie ever to crack $500 million worldwide this summer, taking in $524 million at the global box office.