A plane for Star Wars fans: the R2-D2 787 Dreamliner

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has unveiled a Boeing 787 Dreamliner livery to look like R2-D2.

This artist image released from Japan’s airline All Nippon Airways shows ANA’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft in an R2-D2 livery. All Nippon Airways / AFP Photo
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TOKYO // 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 awaiting the franchise's reboot.

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has unveiled a Boeing 787 Dreamliner livery to look like the small round robot that appears in every episode with his multilingual sidekick C-3PO.

The cockpit and front half of the white fuselage are painted with blue panels in the shape of those on the little droid who does everything from carrying secret plans for the Death Star to co-piloting Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing.

The legend Star Wars, in the movie's distinctive font, adorns the body of the plane behind the wing, while the tail is in ANA's normal livery.

News of the aircraft, which ANA says will ply an international route in the autumn, comes as 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.

The film is due for release in December.

* Agence France-Presse