If you thought the new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was going to be all there was in all things Star Wars today, you’ve got another thing coming. For this little piece of newsishness, let’s fly on over to the glossy night time view of Dubai where actors Tim Man and Nickolas Hansson gathered to cross lightsabers atop of the Burj Khalifa, the city’s tallest building, in celebration of this week’s digital release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The cinematography here is stunning and goes all-out for this one.
Dubai, 7th April 2016: To celebrate today’s digital release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, two Jedi performers ascended to new heights to engage in an epic lightsaber challenge on the 152nd floor of the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai City – the world’s tallest building. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available to download from iTunes and broadcaster OSN.
Captured on video by an aerial film crew, the two Jedi performers practised a series of complex lightsaber battle moves at a height of over 550m above sea level, while the sun set over Dubai.
The record-breaking release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December 2015 achieved the highest grossing global opening weekend of all time ($528.967M), surpassing $1B in a record 12 days and became the top grossing film of all time in the US, surpassing the $760.5M lifetime gross of Avatar in a record-shattering 20 days of release.
As well as becoming the highest grossing film of all time in the US and crossing the $800m mark at the international box office, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken a further series of box office records since its global debut on 16 December 2015:
● biggest global IMAX debut ($48M) surpassing $152M in IMAX in a record 19 days
● the highest international debut in December history with $281M,
● #1 in many territories after posting the biggest opening weekend in at least 18 major markets
The Middle East has a strong connection to Star Wars: The Force Awakens; filmingtook place in two locations in Abu Dhabi during May 2014. Abu Dhabi is the location used for Jakku, a frontier desert planet in a remote section of the Outer Rim Territories
The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.