Star Wars: Fan-made film reimagining franchise's history is a must for any fan

Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill approves of breathtaking short

Jacob Stolworthy
Thursday 20 August 2020 08:39
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Star Wars: Origins trailer

A fan-made film re-imagining the history of Star Wars is a must-watch for any fan.

Titled Star Wars: Origins, the short film presents an intriguing concept: what happens if Indiana Jones-style archeologists happened upon alien artefacts featured in George Lucas's space franchise?

That's exactly what happens to characters played by actors Marie Everett, Jamie Costa and Hadrian Howard in the film that was filmed in the Sahara Desert.

The "fresh approach" bases the film on Earth in the Second World War, and showcases a series of twists that will excite any fan of Star Wars.

In other words, the film – written and directed by Phil Hawkins and executive produced by Gary Cowan of Velvet Film – imagines that the events of the franchise take place far nearer Earth than we expected.

Speaking in a behind-the-scenes video, Hawkins said: “I didn’t want to make your usual fan film with lightsaber fights and Stormtroopers. These characters and story need to exist without the baggage of Star Wars.

" I wanted to keep the audience guessing in a fun way, because there are going to be a bunch of Easter eggs throughout the film that allude to the origins of Star Wars.”

One fan of the film is Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill, who said that Hawkins did a "fantastic job".

Star Wars: Origins, which was released December 2019, is available to watch in full here.

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