After catching a brief glimpse of the Millennium Falcon in the recent ‘Star Wars VII’ teaser trailer, we finally get a closer look in this all-new image.
Appearing on the cover of Fortune Magazine, Bob Iger takes centre stage as he unveils a much closer look at the new Millennium Falcon. But it seems that’s not him on set…
“Lucasfilm’s special effects division, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), worked with Fortune to create both the cover and opening photograph in the story, an inside look at the innovative technologies used across Disney’s diverse businesses and brands.”
And if you look closely, it becomes clear that this Millennium Falcon is actually a computer-generated render.
“According to ILM, the fabled ship was rendered in wireframe form (a skeletal version) as well as a more layered ‘textured render’, which were combined in Photoshop to create the final image,” they explained. “The collaboration started with our photo shoot with CEO Iger earlier this month in New York. The photos were then turned over to ILM to, well, work their magic. Not surprisingly, the secretive division was mum about the exact process for creating the realistic shot of Iger standing right on set…”
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the legendary Millennium Falcon, but this is our closest look to date of the newly upgraded ‘Star Wars VII’ version. If you look closely, you’ll see the new rectangular radar dish in pride of place on Fortune’s cover shot.
And the rather impressive render featuring Bob Iger gives us a look at the Falcon from the underside… very reminiscent of scenes from the original trilogy.
But will we get another glimpse of the Falcon in action?
For now, we’ll have to wait and see. But with plenty of characters still unrevealed and a lack of the original trilogy heroes in the recent teaser trailer, I get the feeling that J.J Abrams still has plenty to show us.
‘Star Wars VII’ heads to cinemas on 18 December 2015.
Picture Credit: Lucasfilm/Fortune Magazine