Star Wars gets its own YouTube web series
James R | On 12, May 2016
Star Wars has launched its own web series.
Called The Star Wars Show, the weekly YouTube show is a “digital variety series” that promises to showcase the “passion of the fan community”.
Shot at Lucasfilm headquarters in San Francisco, the show is presented by Andi Gutierrez and Peter Townley and will round up the latest news from Lucasfilm’s ever-growing world of movies and merchandise, as well as chatting to special guests.
The show begins today, with new episodes arriving on YouTube every Wednesday at 12pm PT on the official Star Wars YouTube channel, StarWars.com, the official Star Wars app and Star Wars social media channels.
“There’s an abundance of Star Wars news and information right now and for the foreseeable future,” says Mickey Capoferri, senior director of content and programming at Lucasfilm, who have certainly doubled down on the universe’s potential for new products, spin-offs and games since its acquisition by Disney.
“The Star Wars Show will be the place for new and old fans to engage with every aspect of the franchise in fun and authentic ways,” he adds.
As well as the films, The Star Wars Show will cover news about television shows, books, comics, video games, merchandise, toys, fan culture and art. Special guests including celebrity superfans will be featured each week to “talk about their fandom, reveal never-before-seen footage, offer behind-the-scenes looks, and more”.
“It also features a pretty cool mouse droid,” adds Lucasfilm.
Episode 1 is available now, featuring Warcraft director Duncan Jones talking about his film and his experiences with Star Wars, as well as a look back at the highlights of Star Wars Day (May the 4th), a visit to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and a “big Celebration Europe announcement”.
Here’s the first episode. What do you think? Is the Force strong with this one?