A new Star Wars: The Force Awakens Facebook video gives fans the chance to tour the Abu Dhabi set of Jakku
A new video has given Star Wars fans the biggest and best sneak peek yet at what they can expect from the new film, The Force Awakens, when it hits screens worldwide in December.
Published on the movie's official Facebook page, the release of the minute-long clip also marks a giant leap forward for the social media site in that it is their first 360 degree fully immersive video.
The technology which allows users to manipulate their view of the clip as it plays out either via the click and drag of a mouse (on desktop) or simply titling the screen (on mobile) has been available on YouTube for more than half a year. The move to partner with Star Wars, though, is huge.
Captioned as, 'Speed across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens', the exclusive clip is the clearest indication yet that Abu Dhabi's Empty Quarter plays host to an epic battle in the upcoming J.J Abrams movie.
Putting the viewer in the pilot's seat of what we believe to be a desert bike, not too dissimilar to Luke Skywalker's iconic Landspeeder, possibly ridden by Daisy Ridley's character, the clip starts beneath the shell of a downed Star Destroyer, one of the Empire's military ships. It then launches out over the desert, weaving between numerous large metal fragments of what we can only assume were previously airborne fighters. At one point, 'you' are joined by a gurgling, murmuring rival, while smoke bellows from another passing ship.
Despite lasting just 56 seconds, it has certainly got fans hot under the collar.
Neil Wormy commented, 'That's impressive!! Never seen video like this b4,' which Carol Blancke said, 'OMG! I'm flying sideways and upside down!!!! BRILLIANT!!!!'
And we have to agree. In fact, we just want to know how much of the incredible looking set is still out there in the Empty Quarter.
The clip is the third to really highlight the key role Abu Dhabi is playing in the new film, following the first trailer and then a behind-the-scenes short with the director.
In July, following months of secrecy, the director joined several members of the cast, including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford on stage at Comic Con. WATCH THE STAR WARS COMIC CON CLIP HERE.
At the end of the presentation, the entire Hall H audience of more than 6,000 fans were all invited to continue the celebration and join cast and filmmakers at a surprise Star Wars Fan Concert. The San Diego Symphony performed the classic Star Wars music from John Williams at the Embarcadero Marina Park South.
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is in cinemas from December 18, 2015.