Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
Topher Grace‘s Star Wars Prequel Re-edit has become the stuff of Internet legend. Fans went crazy a few years back when news broke the That 70’s Show actor edited George Lucas‘ three Star Wars prequels into one movie. On the surface, the idea made lots of sense, but many were outraged both that Grace would attempt such a feat and that they’d never get to see it.
To hopefully appease the masses just a bit, Grace had finally released a short trailer for his 85-minute edit, called Star Wars: Episode III.5: The Editor Strikes Back. This is likely the closest anyone will get to seeing the full film. Check it out below.
Thanks to Grace’s site, Cereal Prize, for the trailer.
Topher Grace’s Star Wars Prequel Re-edit Trailer
As you’d expect, a trailer cut of a film that combines multiple movies doesn’t really illustrate what Grace did to streamline the movies. It kind of just looks like a super-cut of Episodes I through IV with new music and titles. That said, it almost makes the Prequels look like they tell a satisfactory version of Anakin Skywalker’s rise and fall through the Jedi Order.
/Film was lucky enough to be one of the few outlets invited to Grace’s one and only screening of the film back in 2012 and you can read Peter’s full write up at this link. Here’s a quick taste though.
Whats most shocking is that with only 85 minutes of footage, Topher was able to completely tell the main narrative of Anakin Skywalker’s road from Jedi to the Sith. While I know the missing pieces and could even fill in the blanks in my head as the film raced past, none of those points were really needed. Whats better is that the character motivations are even more clear and identifiable, a real character arc not bogged down by podraces, galactic senates, Jar Jar Binks, politics or most of the needless parts of the Star Wars prequels. It not only clarifies the story, but makes the film a lot more action-packed.
Know what would be awesome? If Disney and Lucasfilm let Grace screen this at San Diego Comic-Con or Star Wars Celebration. Doubtful, but one can hope. What do you think of Topher Grace’s Star Wars Re-edit?