J.J. Abrams Reveals X-Wing in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

In a new video from the set of “Star Wars: Episode VII,” director J.J. Abrams showed off a first look at what Lucasfilm and Disney describe as the new X-Wing starfighter that will appear in the film.

The teaser gives a good look at the one-person spacecraft, with Abrams’ vehicle — battered from battle — clearly meant to reference George Lucas’ existing sci-fi universe.

While “Star Wars” fans were quick to point out that the vehicle in the video is the Z-95 Headhunter seen or referenced in the “Star Wars” books and animated TV shows, Lucasfilm confirmed that the spacecraft seen is in fact, an X-Wing.

It’s already been revealed that Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon also appears in the seventh film.

Either way, the reveal is the final push in Disney, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot’s “Star Wars: Force for Change,” a fundraiser to support UNICEF Innovation Labs and Programs, benefitting children in need.

To participate, individuals must donate at least $10 in order to enter a chance to win a trip to London to be Abrams’ guest on the Pinewood Studios set of “Episode VII” and appear in a scene in the film.

The project, organized by Omaze, raised $1 million within 24 hours when it launched in May. Donors from more than 119 countries have participated so far. Disney, itself, has committed $1 million to support the cause.

Because of “Force for Change’s” success so far, Abrams announced early Monday that he will offer a second top prize: an advanced screening of the movie in a winner’s hometown for 20 of their friends a week before the film debuts on Dec. 18, 2015.

Other rewards for those who donate include limited edition posters; t-shirts; a lightsaber hilt; concept art and film stills from “Episode VII.”

The fundraiser ends Friday.

The introduction of the new starfighter is the second video from the set of Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

In announcing “Force for Change,” Abrams provided a look at a creature from Tatooine, the desert home of Anakin and Luke Skywalker’s dusty home planet, recreated in Abu Dhabi for “Episode VII.”

SEE ALSO: J.J. Abrams Teases ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ with UNICEF Charity Initiative

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert also supported the event last week with their own video in which the two talkshow hosts argue over who knows the most “Star Wars” trivia.

Omaze has previously raised funds for charity by offering the chance for donors to attend the finale of “Breaking Bad” with Aaron Paul, or have dinners with George Clooney, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, as well as the opportunity to crush a car with a tank with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The “Force for Change” fundraiser is the third that’s raised over $1 million for the company this year.

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  1. jaswar says:

    I think Disney should expand and dedicate acres of a whole new kingdom to add to their attractions hence a Star Wars Land. I would make the entire entrance like Main Street into Mos Eisley/Tatooine and follow the same set up as Disneyland. After walking down Mos Eisley street complete with wandering droids retail shops and speeders cruising by, then this new world could break off into different themed “Star Wars” areas like Dagobah, Hoth etc and have all the rides and attractions that we would all drool over.

  2. There is no astromech which leads me to believe it is a Z-95 variant rather than a T-65

  3. James says:

    Tried to get my son to watch the original Star Wars films. He just got bored and wandered off. I think we look at those movies with rose tinted glasses. It’s a nostalgia thing. I just don’t think the younger generation is interested in it now. Not unless it’s Lego or Angry Birds that is. But the original films…. Nope. It’s had its day. Marvel seem to be far more in tune now with movie fans.

  4. Kim says:

    Can’t wait to see it ;)

  5. shockandahh says:

    Oh I see you have an xwing Mr. Abrams…that’s cute…I got TWO: http://www.funnyordie.com/pictures/372f5473f0/nice-x-wing-j-j-abrams

  6. Gridlock says:

    It’s not Z95, it’s just a T-65 X-wing with 30 years of evolution into the design, based off Ralph McQuarrie’s concept art for A New Hope.

  7. pyrorob says:

    cant beleive your all complaining about what it look likes from the books.. they already said all the books are made non-cannon by this movie…

  8. That is NOT and X-Wing.

    First of all, an X Wing has 4 full circumference intakes for all 4 of its nacelles. This one has split them into semi-circles, a trademark of the Z-95 Headhunter. Unless the Rebels (or whoever is using these) have gone back to a more retro-grade design style for the X-Wing line, then I must say that Variety has made an error in their headline, and LucasFilm is hopefully just being misquoted.

  9. ZewelVonLelek says:

    So, it seems to me like the T-65J “XJ X-Wing” from NJO series of books…

  10. scampers says:

    Z-95s don’t have quad blasters, and if you look closely it does look like those wings are S-Foils (two sets of moveable wings on each side).

  11. Jim says:

    Where do you see a quad blaster? I see implied two S-Fors in the symmetrical layout. That’s clearly a Z-95…… Is this more “Thor is a woman” speak from the producers at the Disney/Marvel/StarWars HQ?

  12. Hashpond says:

    Well its not a z-95, due to the quad blaster. At the same time its not an x-wing, due to the airframe and engine design. So should we this is just the first Abrams blunder?

    • mick says:

      what Lucasfilm and Disney describe as the NEW X-Wing starfighter that will appear in the film.
      note where it says NEW, thus meaning it is an X-Wing but its a NEW one.

    • Bastion says:

      While you’re prepping for blunders, make sure your helmet w/ blast shield is at the ready – there’s gonna be lens flare. #fromTOStoPOS #StarWars7ANewHype

  13. Gilandb says:

    let the video play far enough and the left wing shows 2 guns, not one like on the Z-95. I am guessing this is just a set piece and the wings don’t actually split. Looks like a cross between the two. Perhaps whomever is in charge of props should take another look

  14. That’s an Incom Z-95 Headhunter / trainer, not an X-Wing. Did Variety make this screw up, or did Abrams? Or some other PR lackey who needs to read “The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels (Star Wars)”.

  15. Pure Fluff says:

    Reblogged this on Pure Fluff and commented:
    Not sure about this one….but will have to wait and see.

  16. Tim says:

    Not an X-Wing, it’s a z95 headhunter.

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