Star Wars plane being launched by All Nippon Airways later this year

Star Wars plane

It might not be the droid you're looking for, but a plane painted to look like R2-D2 could be the next best thing for Star Wars fans waiting for The Force Awakens.

Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) has unveiled a Boeing 787 Dreamliner decorated to look like the robot.

The cockpit and front half of the white fuselage are painted with blue panels in the shape of those on the droid.

Star Wars is also written on the body of the plane behind the wing.

Images released by the company show the tail in ANA's normal livery.

Star Wars plane
Star Wars plane
Star Wars plane
Star Wars plane

All Nippon Airways says the jet will go into service on an international route later this year ahead of the film's release.

Fans got their first look at a new teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh instalment of one of the most successful movie series of all time, on Thursday.

The clip shows aerial dogfights featuring the X-Wings of the Rebel Alliance and the Tie Fighters of the Galactic Empire.

It also offers a glimpse of Han Solo and Chewbacca along with the Millennium Falcon.

The trailer ends with Han Solo, played by an Harrison Ford, saying: "Chewie, we're home."

The film is due for release in December.

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