‘Star Wars’ Signals: Fan-Made Trailer Teases at Obi-Wan Movie
Welcome to our weekly Star Wars roundup! With Disney ramping up the franchise on all cylinders, there’s tons of exciting stuff in the way of news, rumors, and clips. We’ve picked out the best Star Wars stories the internet has to offer, bringing you everything you need to know about the world’s favorite sci-fi series.
1. The Prequels Strike Back asks: Were the Star Wars prequels as bad as we remember?
George Lucas’s prequel trilogy is a polarizing collection of films to say the very least. Many (ourselves included) argue that we were given poorly thought out stories that lacked the soulful exuberance of the original films. Others point to a complex storytelling structure that went right over the heads of audiences everywhere. The Prequels Strike Back seeks to solve the debate once and for all, talking to fans, writers, and Lucasfilm employees about what worked, what didn’t, and everything in between.
It’s easy for the generation of Star Wars fans in their 20s, 30s, and even 40s to recall the relative letdown that was The Phantom Menace. But as Kevin Smith notes in the trailer (above), “you’re going to see a generation of kids who grew up watching the prequels, who didn’t feel the same way we did. We’re just the loudest voice in the room.” The documentary releases digitally on September 14, and then hits theaters in Austin, Texas on October 6.
2. Fan-made trailer makes us wish for an Obi-Wan Kenobi anthology movie
Of all the various stories that Lucasfilm has dove into, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s time on Tatooine is the one that we’ve been most deprived of. We got a brief glimpse in a standalone Marvel Comics issue, but even that hasn’t been enough to sate us. Thankfully, one fan’s teaser gives us at least a small taste of what could be a massively entertaining movie about failure, redemption, and one man’s journey toward destiny. Rich Williamson even repurposed footage from Ewan McGregor’s performance as Jesus Christ in Last Days in the Desert, for a surprisingly apt Star Wars recut. Now if Lucasfilm would just get it together and make this movie happen in real life…
3. Terminally ill fan gets to see an early screening of Rogue One
Star Wars fan Neil Hanvey discovered he only had months to live in April 2015. His last wish: To see Rogue One before it was too late. His family took to social media to push for the #RogueOneWish campaign, even getting the attention of Mark Hamill in the process. It wasn’t long before the request made its way up the flagpole at Lucasfilm. Just one day before he passed away on August 23, Hanvey got a chance to watch Rogue One with his family, fulfilling his last dying wish. All in all, it’s a touching and tragic story of one fan, and the studio that did what they could to fill his final days with joy and happiness.
4. Furious 7 reimagined with lightsabers
The whole Fast & Furious franchise is known for its over-the-top action and bombastic special effects, so why not add a little Star Wars flare to the mix? Immersion VFX took the climactic battle between Vin Diesel and Jason Statham in Furious 7, and incorporated lightsabers as the weapon of choice for both action stars. The result is a stunning fight sequence that choreography-wise would fit in pretty well in an actual Star Wars movie. And admit it: You’d be all over a Fast & Furious movie if it had 100% more lightsabers.
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