Disney set the bar high with Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, both from a storytelling perspective and a visual one. While the studio is being rather vague on the story at this point, they are planning on delivering a similar visual experience.
The studio announced today that Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi (sitting at a stellar 4.49 out of 5 on ComicBook.com's anticipation rankings) will contain sequences captured with IMAX high-resolution cameras (via PRNewswire). The footage is part of a new extension between The Walt Disney Company and the IMAX Corporation that extends their previous deal from 2017 to 2019.
"The Walt Disney Studios strives to bring great stories from visionary filmmakers to life for audiences around the world, leveraging the best technology available to create exceptional theatrical experiences," said Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios. "That's what IMAX brings to the table, and we look forward to continuing to work with the IMAX team on the unparalleled upcoming slate of films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm."
In addition to The Last Jedi, the agreement will also encompass films like the upcoming Indiana Jones sequel, Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, Marvel's Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Beauty and the Beast, and Avengers: Infinity War. The two Russo Brother helmed films will actually be shot entirely with IMAX cameras.
"Disney is at the top of its game, offering fans around the world highly original and diverse movie-going entertainment, which aligns perfectly with The IMAX Experience® as the most captivating and unique theatrical presentation," said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. "We look forward to continuing our collaboration with our close friends at Disney and this elite group of filmmakers to bring first-class entertainment to the IMAX theater network. We are particularly excited to announce Rian Johnson's use of IMAX cameras on Star Wars: The Last Jedi as we embark on a year that will feature more films with IMAX differentiation than ever before in our history."
You can view the official description for the anticipated film below.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, from writer/director Rian Johnson, is in post-production now for a December 15, 2017 release. The film follows-up and continues the story of the next generation of the saga as Rey, Poe, Finn, and Kylo Ren find their place in the galaxy and follow the legacy of Luke Skywalker, Leia, and Han Solo. Daisy Ridley returns to star as Rey, with other returning stars John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Mayhew, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Lupita Nyong'o Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern join the cast in as-yet-unrevealed roles.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is slated for release on December 15, 2017.
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