Fans of the Star Wars franchise will be happy to hear that Nokia has announced a multi-year partnership with Lucasfilm providing immersive behind-the-scenes content, with the first film being Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The virtual reality (VR) agreement between the two companies will see The Walt Disney Studios utilise Nokia OZO cameras as well as its software solutions to create immersive experiences to complement Disney’s theatrical releases.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Lucasfilm and Disney to bring the magic of immersive VR storytelling to one of the most exciting and anticipated movie experiences of all time,” said Brad Rodrigues, interim President of Nokia Technologies. “OZO will enable Star Wars fans around the world to be transported into the incredible worlds depicted in the story, and truly feel the power of The Force together.”
“We want nothing more than to share the Star Wars universe with fans around the world and fans tell us they love to have the opportunity to learn more about the process of filmmaking,” said Brian Miller, Senior Vice President, Franchise Creative & Strategy at Lucasfilm. “Utilizing the Nokia OZO to capture our behind the scenes material allows viewers to be transported to fantastical locations and virtually visit the incredible sets where their favorite Star Wars scenes were captured.”
Previously, Disney has created VR experiences for Pete’s Dragon, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and The Jungle Book.
Details haven’t been released on what the VR content will be or the availability for Star Wars: The Last Jedi VR experience. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to arrive in cinemas this December so expect further news nearer the time.
With it being a multi-year deal, there’s the very good likelihood that all the upcoming Star Wars movies will get the same treatment, and anything else Disney makes.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Nokia, Disney and Lucasfilm, reporting back with the latest updates.