Watch: Star Wars Day 2014 Videos with J.J. Abrams, NASA & Rebels
"May the Force Be With You." It's Star Wars Day! On May 4th ("May the 4th Be With You") every year, the world celebrates Star Wars Day, officially supported by Lucasfilm and Disney, with special events all over. With a new trilogy of Star Wars movies just about to begin filming, there's more excitement than ever and we can expect this geek holiday to be even more important in the years to come. To celebrate the event this year, a few new videos have been released, including a short message from Episode VII director/writer J.J. Abrams and writer/producer Lawrence Kasdan (hinting that there is more casting to come), a fun video from NASA, and the first trailer for the latest animated series that follows up The Clone Wars. Enjoy!
Up first, here's the special Star Wars Day 2014 message from Abrams & Kasdan. It's barely 30 seconds long:
Straight from London, Star Wars Episode VII director and writer, J.J. Abrams along with writer Lawrence Kasdan have a quick video message for Star Wars fans this May the 4th. There isn't anything revealed in this and I expect them to keep most of the production a secret, but this is a hint that we have more information coming soon. Filming begins in London in the next few weeks. Until then, stay tuned for the latest updates.
Up next, NASA and Disney/Star Wars have partnered for an entire day of videos and events themed to Star Wars Day. Most of their stuff is being posted on NASA's Facebook / Twitter, but here's the opening message:
In celebration of Star Wars Day, NASA flight engineer Rick Mastracchio hopes to deliver a special message from the International Space Station. Little does he know, however, that the Empire plans to jam his transmissions. Thankfully, R2-D2 is on the case. They also just posted more floating droid videos, as well as information on Saturn's moon Mimas (which is indeed a moon, not a space station) in connection with today's events. I love that they've partnered up with NASA, but then again, they are the best place for updates on space and the universe outside of Earth. I hope this partnership lasts through the entire trilogy.
Finally, last but not least, here is the brand new trailer for the new animated series Star Wars: Rebels:
Starring a small band of heroes -- Sabine, Kanan, Hera, Ezra, Zeb, and Chopper -- Star Wars Rebels is set in a time where the Empire rules through fear and shrouds the galaxy in darkness. Star Wars Rebels takes place between Star Wars: Episode III and IV as the Empire tightens its grip on the galaxy and a rebellion begins to form. The series, executive produced by Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman, will premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel and will be followed by a series on Disney XD. This actually looks pretty good. As someone who enjoyed the animated Clone Wars show, I'm happy to see them exploring more of this sci-fi universe on the small screen in addition to on the big screen.