A number of key sequences from Rian Johnson’s forthcoming epic Star Wars: The Last Jedi have been filmed with IMAX cameras, following J.J. Abrams’ usage of the technology on Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.
In an official press release, IMAX and Lucasfilm have announced that the Looper director has captured scenes using IMAX’s extremely high-resolution cameras, which promise to provide audiences greater scope and increased image quality in IMAX’s exclusive aspect ratio for a uniquely immersive experience.
Additional forthcoming films detailed on the release which feature IMAX footage include the currently untitled Indiana Jones Han Solo Star Wars Story films, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Episode IX; Marvel’s Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled Avengers sequel, which as previously announced will both be shot entirely with IMAX cameras by the Russo Brothers; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, A Wrinkle in Time and Mulan; Pixar’s The Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4 and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wreck-It Ralph sequel.
“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.”
As part of the new agreement, both companies will work together to create exclusive IMAX marketing materials, particularly for those films captured using IMAX cameras or featuring an expanded aspect ratio exclusively in IMAX® theatres. In 2016, Disney occupied four of the top ten IMAX spots at the global box office, including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange and The Jungle Book.
“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 theatre 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. ”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro, and Gwendoline Christie. It blasts in UK cinemas in IMAX 3D on 15th December, 2017.