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Fake "Episode II" Trailer Raises Bar for Forgeries

An impressive "Episode II" trailer has just hit the Web but the slick production and compelling music didn't emanate from LucasFilms—it's the work of an anonymous filmmaker. This isn't like the Superfriends/Whassup! spoof that garnered attention earlier this year, this is a "fake" trailer that was produced by someone who DEFINITELY knows what they're doing. The trailer, available at, features confirmed cast members Ewan MacGregor, Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Portman, Jimy Smits and Hayden Christensen set against unconfirmed players like Christopher Walken. A lot of the shots are from other films—the horde of "Braveheart" warriors running across a field brandishing light sabers is particularly noteworthy—but there are no noticeable gaffes that would peg this as a fake. has more background information on the trailer and has a copy available for download. Even if you're cursed with a slow connection, take the time to watch this thing.

Update: has a letter from the anonymous director of the "Episode II" trailer. It's an interesting look at how a little idea can turn into a Web phenomenon.

Posted by Mac on July 26, 2000 06:10 PM
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