Star Wars Day preview: Disney+ gets concept art makeover

Tom ButlerSenior Editor
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Detail from the Star Wars page on Disney+.
Detail from the Star Wars page on Disney+.

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Disney+ is getting a makeover in honour of Star Wars Day on May the Fourth.

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The streaming platform is honouring the artistry of Star Wars with concept art takeovers on the service. It’s the first design refresh for Disney+ since launch.

On Friday, 1 May, the service’s homepage carousel will feature Star Wars concept art from Ralph McQuarrie showing his 1975 painting of the droids in the desert. For the first time, fans will be able to navigate to a dedicated brand page directly from carousel art.

May the Fourth will see Disney+ honouring concept art from over four decades of the beloved saga. (Disney+)
May the Fourth will see Disney+ honouring concept art from over four decades of the beloved saga. (Disney+)

On the Star Wars brand page itself you’ll find an adaption of character art from the Star Wars Celebration 2019 commemorative mural by Jason Palmer and other celebrated artists. Click the image below to enlarge.

May the Fourth will see Disney+ honouring concept art from over four decades of the beloved saga. (Disney+)
May the Fourth will see Disney+ honouring concept art from over four decades of the beloved saga. (Disney+)

Michael Paull, President of Disney Streaming Services said: “The unique brand-centric architecture of Disney+ gives us the opportunity to get creative with how we showcase and engage fans around the content.

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As part of the “May the 4th” celebration we partnered with the teams at Lucasfilm to honour the artistry of Star Wars and bring their vision to life on Disney+ by showcasing the incredible concept art from over four decades of the beloved saga.”

May the Fourth will see Disney+ honouring concept art from over four decades of the beloved saga. (Disney+)
May the Fourth will see Disney+ honouring concept art from over four decades of the beloved saga. (Disney+)
May the Fourth will see Disney+ honouring concept art from over four decades of the beloved saga. (Disney+)
May the Fourth will see Disney+ honouring concept art from over four decades of the beloved saga. (Disney+)

The concept art takeover continues on May the Fourth with each film and series’ artwork updated to feature its original concept paintings. From Star Wars: A New Hope to The Mandalorian, the updated art will be available for the following titles:

May the Fourth will see Disney+ honouring concept art from over four decades of the beloved saga. (Disney+)
May the Fourth will see Disney+ honouring concept art from over four decades of the beloved saga. (Disney+)
  • Skywalker Saga

    • Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

    • Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    • Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

    • Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

    • Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002

    • Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    • Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

    • Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)

    • Rogue One

    • Solo

    • The Mandalorian

    • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (series)

    • Star Wars: Rebels

    • Star Wars: Resistance  

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the ninth and final film in the Skywalker saga, will be available to stream in 4K on Disney+ on May The Fourth.

    JJ Abrams’ film joins Disney+’s May the Fourth line-up including the premiere of the eight-episode documentary series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, and the series finale of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars

    The May 4th line-up follows the finale of the first season of The Mandalorian on Friday 1 May in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland.

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