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Behold BB-8 droid in Shakespeare-era garb

The Star Wars book parody series continues with "William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken" by Ian Doescher.

The Star Wars droid BB-8 looks rather dapper as a Shakespeare character.

Quirk Books

To BB-8 or not to BB-8? That is the question. "The Force Awakens" fans can now experience the Star Wars flick as a Shakespearean play, complete with Elizabethan verse, character monologues and theatrical stage directions.

"William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken - Star Wars Part the Seventh" is the next installment of "Star Wars" parody books by Ian Doescher from Quirk Books.

The book includes characters Rey, Finn, Poe Damaron, Kylo Ren, as well as BB-8. Easter eggs are scattered throughout the book.

In the book, Chewbacca speaks and Leader Snoke gives a soliloquy. Even Han Solo and General Leia have the kind of doomed romance that would impress Shakespeare.

The book cover, which the official Star Wars website revealed on April 25, shows lovable droid BB-8 dressed in a Shakespeare-era hat and cape. The book also includes illustrations throughout by artist Nicolas Delort.

"Out of all the covers in the series, I'd say it's the one that leans more towards comedy," Delort told StarWars.com. "BB-8 is such an adorable character, giving him this Elizabethan attire just makes him look funny."

"William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken -- Star Wars Part the Seventh" hits bookshelves on Oct. 3.

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