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Star Wars Update: Historical Trivia, New Episode II Pictures

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© French Insider has posted two "Star Wars" items of note. The first, a film blurb from a 1980 issue of Time magazine, is interesting from an historical standpoint because it shows how well-developed George Lucas' "Star Wars" vision has always been. At the time the article was written, only "Star Wars" and "The Empire Strikes Back" had been released. In the piece, Lucas offers small clues about the third film, then known as "Revenge of the Jedi," but he also sketches an outline of the prequel storyline that is remarkably consistent with the current plot. The article also mentions the long-rumored, but now-cancelled, post-"Jedi" trilogy. Visit for the full text.

The second item brings us hurtling back to the present in a crisp, visually-alluring way., by way of the French magazine Insider, has posted a heaping pile of high-quality photos from the "Episode II" production. Until now, the only "Episode II" photos to emerge have been grainy zoom-lens paparazzi pics that detailed the unexciting goings-on in the studio parking lot. Thankfully, these new pictures show some actual filmmaking.

Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, and a handful of supporting actors are seen in full costume. C-3PO, R2-D2 and a number of creatures are also represented, but weapons and vehicles are absent. The pictures don't reveal any plot points (Lucas would have blown a hydrospanner if they did), but it does appear that Portman is trading her grandiose Amidala garb for a more pleasant natural look. No complaints there.

You'll find the full collection of images at

Posted by Mac on January 4, 2001 06:37 PM
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