David Goyer's Darth Vader VR project

ILMxLab has been doing a lot of interesting experimental work. The company hopes to develop the future of storytelling experiences using new technologies like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, the geniuses behind the new Industrial Light & Magic company told me that Lucasfilm Story Group had mapped out the next half dozen years of Star Wars stories and beyond, and they are already developing experiences — some which will be available in VR, others in other platforms — which will be created by big-name filmmakers and top screenwriters and intersect with the stories we will see on screen.

At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2017, ILMxLab announced their first big project, a Darth Vader VR project that will be created by David Goyer, screenwriter of The Dark Knight and Man of Steel and director of films like Blade: Trinity and The Unborn. We reported on this briefly over the weekend when it was announced, but now we bring you more information and some quotes from Goyer himself, who claims that his virtual reality Star Wars story will make you cry.

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Darth Vader

For months now there has been speculation that Darth Vader would appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And unlike some of the other theories and rumors floating around, this one passes the sniff test: the timing lines up (the story takes place shortly before the events of A New Hope) and so does the premise (the Rebels are out to steal the Death Star plans). But it’s only now we’re getting ironclad confirmation.

Yes, we will see Darth Vader in Rogue One, as revealed on a new Entertainment Weekly cover.  Read More »


In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at the following:

  • Star Wars 8 director Rian Johnson tweets out a photo of his screenplay.
  • The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is supposedly edited and making the corporate rounds.
  • When is the final Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer getting released? October? November?
  • New details on what to expect in the Star Wars Battlefront beta.
  • See the comic cover art for Darth Vader #15, the grand finale of Marvel’s upcoming crossover event “Vader Down”.
  • Benicio del Toro explains what he likes about his Star Wars Episode VIII director Rian Johnson.
  • See Paul Shipper’s amazing Star Wars: The Force Awakens character prints.
  • And the header photo is Daniel Hoogkamp‘s BB-8 pumpkin.

All this and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace to get started.

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Star Wars - Darth Vader

Star Wars Bits is now the ultimate power in the universe. I suggest we use it. Here’s what you’ll find in this edition of news from a galaxy far, far away.

  • Dave Bautista wants to be in a Star Wars movie
  • EA reveals new Battlefront game mode
  • Interview: Star Wars Card Trader App producer and art director
  • Preview Marvel comic Darth Vader #8
  • New Hoth LEGO set on the way?
  • First look at Ken Leung in The Force Awakens

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Star Wars: Vader Down

There was so much news coming out of San Diego Comic Con International 2015 that we missed some of the smaller announcements that happened outside of Hall H. late last week we told you that Marvel Comics would be releasing a new Star Wars comic book series based on the character Chewbacca written by Gerry Duggan and artist Phil Noto. The other Star Wars comic book news coming out of the convention is a comic book crossover event between the ongoing Star Wars and Darth Vader ongoing series. Find out how this epic story will play out on the page, after the jump.

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Star Wars Rebels Second Season Premiere

The premiere of the second season of Star Wars Rebels is just a couple weeks away. We’ve already seen the season premiere thanks to Star Wars Celebration (check out our video blog from afterwards here), but everyone else has been waiting patiently. And now we have a new tease of the second season’s one-hour first episode, The Siege of Lothal.

It looks like Darth Vader is going to play pretty prominently, at least in this first episode, as he’s been dispatched by the Emperor to hunt down our heroes. Watch the Star Wars Rebels second season premiere teaser after the jump! Read More »

Star Wars Princess Leia comic book

Marvel Comics announced at the annual Saturday Cup Of Joe panel at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International a new Star Wars 5-issue limited series comic book Star Wars: Princess Leia. The series by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson will follow the famous now-Disney princess as she comes to terms with the destruction of her homeworld, Alderaan. After the jump you can see the first image of Star Wars Princess Leia comic book.
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Rumor: Disney Plans Darth Vader TV Specials

Darth Vader masked episode 3

Want to watch Darth Vader on TV, and not via Blu-ray or that VW commercial?

Attendees of the European Brand Licensing Show, which took place in London over the past three days, were reportedly given a Lucasfilm brochure which details Star Wars brand plans for the next couple of years. Among the plans are things that we know, such as the launch of Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD, and the new Episode VII feature film to hit in 2015. (This pamphlet, by the way, would seem to squash any rumor that Episode VII will be pushed out of Summer 2015 and into December of that year.)

But one line is very curious. In the Spring/Summer 2014 column is this line: “Darth Vader Themed TV Specials.” Check out an unverified image of the brochure below. Read More »

VOTD: Darth Vader Goes To Disneyland

Earlier today, Peter posted on Twitter that rumors had been circulating about the Disney acquisition of LucasFilm for about a year. Something of this magnitude obviously takes time. But it seems like both sides were confident it would happen, as they took the time to film a new commerical for Disneyland asking the question, “Darth Vader, now that you’re part of the Disney family, what will you do next?” And in a very “Super Bowl Champion” kind of way, I bet you can guess the answer.

EDIT: My mistake. This is just a repurpose of a previously released commercial. It’s still pretty relevant though, considering recent events.

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If you ask me, Volkswagen’s “The Force” was hands-down the best commercial of Super Bowl 2011. And seeing as the ad topped YouTube’s list of the most-watched ads of 2011 as well as AdWeek’s list of the best commercials of the year, I suspect I’m not the only one who thought so. It’s no wonder, then, that Volkswagen is looking to return to familiar territory in this year’s Super Bowl slot — or that they’re going out of their way to make sure you know it.

The car company has just posted a teaser for its upcoming ad, which combines two of the Internet’s favorite things: Star Wars and adorable animals. If this isn’t tailor-made for going viral, I don’t know what is. We don’t normally post commercials for commercials on /Film (well, okay, sometimes we do), but I’m going to make an exception for this one just because it put a big smile on my face. Watch it after the jump.

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