Just like that, the internet exploded.
J.J. Abrams has finally figured out the internet and is using his incredible powers for good this time around.
In a recent video shot from the London set of the new film, Star Wars director Abrams appears to be standing in front of an X-wing fighter, an almost exact replicate of the ones used in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy.
Even the uniform worn by the Rebel pilot who rudely interrupts Abrams’ speech looks identical to the revered one sported by Luke Skywalker.
Before the commenters begin raging about the lack of attention paid to the crucial changes made that we can obviously see on the ship, let me digress.
The most eye-catching change is the use of mostly blue paint to highlight the aircraft as opposed to the striking redish orange used in the original trilogy by the Red Squadron. There are also only half of the thrusters, with each side sporting one instead of two.
One significant change I completely missed that Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican pointed out (and it is a doozy) is the lack of compartment space made for an R2 of some sort to travel in. Are we meant to believe the new squadron of fighter pilots will be flying sans robot? Let’s hope not.
There’s been some talk on the internet (naturally, it comes with the Star Wars territory) the gigantic vehicle towering over Abrams isn’t an X-wing, but is in fact a Z-95 Headhunter ship.
According to the official Star Wars account, which was verified by the people at Twitter, “It is in fact an Episode VII X-wing, not a Z-95.”
@CDCanimation It is in fact an Episode VII X-wing, not a Z-95.
— Star Wars (@starwars) July 21, 2014
The entire video was created in support of the “official” charity Abrams and his production crew have become a part of, Star Wars: Force For Change. The charity works in partnership with UNICEF’s Innovation Labs, a subdivision of the world wide charity that helps develop technology for third world countries.
Those who donate to the charity can win a visit to the set of the film, an advanced screening, or if you’re really lucky, a role in Star Wars: Episode VII.
You couldn’t brag about that twenty years ago, but in the age of 2014, that’s most definitely worth an Instagram post.