Star Wars is officially on Instagram, and the first post from the new account features Darth Vader taking a self-portrait.
The Sith Lord poses in front of a fallen Stormtrooper and holds up a front-facing cellphone camera.
“Another day at the office,” the caption reads. “#StarWars #DarthVader #selfies #gpom.” (For those unfamiliar with the lingo, “#gpom” stands for “gratuitous picture of myself.”)
The picture, posted Monday, has already garnered more than 30,000 “likes.”
Subsequent postings from the Star Wars account include a picture of Vader facing off against Luke Skywalker (“#latergram”) and a photo of a concept model for a Star Destroyer in “A New Hope,” from the Lucasfilm archives.
The account was likely started in preparation for the upcoming “Star Wars” sequels, the first of which is slated for theatrical release on Dec. 18, 2015.
“Star Wars: Episode VII” is to be directed by J.J. Abrams, who, along with Lawrence Kasdan, took over screenwriting duties from Oscar winner Michael Arndt earlier this winter. With “Star Trek” and “Star Trek Into Darkness” under his belt, Abrams is no stranger to epic space stories or taking over long-beloved sci-fi franchises, though some hardcore fans were less than thrilled with his take on Capt. Kirk and Mr. Spock’s universe.
Abrams admitted earlier this week that he harbored a few regrets of his own, including trying to keep a shroud of secrecy about Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in “Into Darkness.” Abrams attempted to keep the character’s identity — the tyrannical Khan — under wraps, lying about Cumberbatch’s role long after the secret was out.
“The truth is, I think it probably would have been smarter just to say up front, ‘This is who it is,'” Abrams told MTV. “It was only trying to preserve the fun of it, and it might have given more time to acclimate and accept that’s what the thing was.”
Does this mean Abrams will be more forthcoming about his plans for the “Star Wars” franchise? We wouldn’t bet any druggats on it, but let’s hope Vader’s self-portrait is the first of many behind-the-scenes glimpses.
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