July 18, 2016


David S. Goyer Teaming with Lucasfilm for Darth Vader Virtual Reality Project

Have you ever wondered what would happen if the worlds of DC Comics and Star Wars collided? Well it's about to occur soon...sort of (not really). David S. Goyer (the writer behind Batman BeginsThe Dark Knight and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) is partnering with Lucasfilm for a virtual reality project based on Darth Vader.

The teaser—which you can watch above around the 8 hours, 4 minutes mark—premiered over the weekend at London's massive Star Wars Celebration. According to Lucasfilm, the project will dive deeper into the masked Star Wars character's story and reveal new aspects of his past.

Goyer explained at the celebration's panel (via Entertainment Weekly):

"When we looked at all the characters, places, and worlds in the ‘Star Wars’ universe available to us, we asked ourselves, ‘What haven’t we seen before? Who are we curious about?' Darth Vader is the perfect ambassador to usher us into the ‘Star Wars’ VR universe. What character is so iconic that we need to know more? [Where] we can’t sleep at night and want to experience things that can’t be experienced in film, or can’t be experienced in a novel. It can only be experience in VR. And we came up with…this person.”

The project is being created by Lucasfilm’s new ILMxLAB division, which combines VFX house Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound and the Star Wars story group. While it may seem like a new movie at first glance, ILMxLab wants to clarify that it is "a story experience in virtual reality." 

It doesn't have a name or release date as of now, but Goyer says “it includes characters you know, or some that may have been talked about that you haven’t seen before." The Star Wars celebration also revealed new details on the upcoming Episode VIII film, which will now star Alden Ehrenreich as young Hans Solo.

In the meantime, read our complete guide to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and watch these cosplayers explain their preparation at NY Comic Con 2015 below: