Luke Skywalker stays with his foster aunt and uncle on a farm on Tatooine. He is desperate to get off this planet and get to the Academy like his friends, but his uncle needs him for the next harvest. Meanwhile, an evil emperor has taken over the galaxy, and has constructed a formidable "Death Star" capable of destroying whole planets. Princess Leia, a leader in the resistance movement, acquires plans of the Death Star, places them in R2D2, a droid, and sends him off to find Obi-Wan Kenobi. Before he finds him, R2D2 ends up on Skywalkers' farm with his friend C3PO. R2 then wanders into the desert, and when Luke follows, they eventually come across Obi-Wan. Will Luke, Obi-Wan, and the two droids be able to destroy the Death Star, or will the Emperor rule forever?
Star Wars fever is running at an all-time high, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving in theaters this Christmas. And while average, everyday fans have to settle for action figures and branded soda cans to celebrate their love for the franchise, the rich actually get to own a piece of Star Wars history. One such lucky fan with a very well-endowed wallet snatched up a piece of memorabilia that may be the most coveted keepsake in the whole galaxy.
Yes, Princess Leia's iconic slave bikini costume from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi went on the auction block this week, and it fetched a pretty penny. Worn by Carrie Fisher in the 1983 trilogy ending sequel, the skimpy metal and clothe bathing suit went for $96,000. It is the same outfit the actress can be seen wearing during the opening Jabba the Hutt barge escape scene, where Leia chocks Jabba to death.Read More
Many fans have hoped and dreamed that the 1977 theatrical cut of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope would eventually arrive on Blu-ray alongside the original trilogy sequels Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. It seems we may be closer to that happening if one wily director is to be believed. According to John Landis, good friend of George Lucas and the man behind such classics as Animal House and The Blues Brothers, Disney is gearing up to release the unaltered versions of the first three Star Wars movies very soon.
While many films get a 'director's cut', the case of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and its sequels is out of the norm. Ever since the first film's May, 1977 release, director George Lucas has been tinkering with it. Even during its original theatrical run and subsequent theatrical re-releases in the late 70s and early 80s. But it wasn't until 1997, when the original trilogy got a theatrical Special Edition re-release, that fans lost their minds. At the time, CGI was still in its infancy stages. Despite that, George Lucas decided to go back in and add some much unwanted scenes and computer generalized characters to all three movies.Read More
While there are still plenty of mysteries wrapped around the Christmas release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one of the all-time biggest Star Wars franchise mysteries remains: 'Who Shot First?' A newly discovered draft of the script does answer this question. It has Han Solo getting off the first shot in his Mos Eisley cantina confrontation with Greedo, despite creator George Lucas claiming otherwise. Now, original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope star Peter Mayhew, who is reprising his role as Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, ends this debate with the definitive answer!
In this version of the script, still titled Journal of the Whills, Greedo is not yet Greedo. He is a bounty hunter named Allen. Much of the dialogue is what we see in the movie, with Allen preparing to shoot Han, exclaiming, "I've been looking forward to this for a long time." Solo gets out the iconic line, "I bet you have!" before blasting poor Greedo to bits. George Lucas doesn't even have Greedo getting off a shot in this draft, nor does he have a gun pulled on Han, as he does in the movie. Despite this, George Lucas has claimed for years that Han Solo is not a cold blooded killer, and that Greedo shot first. He even re-edited the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope in 1997 to prove this.Read More
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters this December, it will surely contain scenes that divide fans, and cause controversy amongst the hardcore audience members who have been with this franchise since it debuted in 1977. But there will never be a more debated topic than who shot first in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Was it Han or Greedo? Well, a recently discovered original screenplay for the first Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope may finally put this question to rest, as it gives the definitive answer. And most of you will probably like what you hear.
Even if this draft of the screenplay does boldly states who shot first, that doesn't mean it will end the argument. Those in favor of Greedo shooting first will point to the fact that George Lucas may have changed his mind after writing this draft. Also, that he is the creator of this universe, and what he says is the final definitive take on the matter. Though, many of us will only have to look to the original 1977 release of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope for the true answer. There, Han Solo clearly shoots first. What do you think?Read More