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Ready or Not, Here Comes Angry Birds Star Wars

Rovio Asia senior vice president Henri Holm poses with an ‘Angry Birds’ doll

Photo by ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images.

What’s the best way to deal with two behemoth franchises that have run their course creatively? More spinoffs, of course. Lucasfilm and Rovio have rolled out a new teaser trailer that shows a familiar red bird brandishing a light saber, and just like that, Angry Birds Star Wars is born.

Set to drop Nov. 8, the new game will be available on iPhone, Android, and computers. It features the signature high-flying squawkers crossed with classic figures from Star Wars mythos like Chewbacca, Han Solo, and Darth Vader. Despite the familiar types, developers insist that the birds will each have personalities unique to the game’s universe and that it was only inspired by Star Wars lore.

Whether or not geeks and gamers buy into the gimmick, the real upside of the marriage may be the merchandise. Angry Birds toys have cleared $25 million in sales, so by teaming up with the perennial monster that is Star Wars, one can imagine the force will very much be with the well-traveled Jedis and their new feathered cohorts.