Posted on Friday, April 30th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in theaters. But have you ever seen the original theatrical trailer for the Star Wars sequel featuring a 1930′s-style radio voice over by Han Solo himself — Harrison Ford? Check it out now, after the jump.
According to Star Wars.com, the trailer contains a few noteworthy gems:
such as the famously cut “Threepio ripping the sign off the door” shot. Originally, the invading Imperials were to enter the door, sans warning sign, to be subsequently attacked by a pack of angry wampas. The sequence was ultimately cut from the film, but not before this small hint of its existence was forever immortalized by the trailer. … Also noteworthy is the lack of any mention of Yoda (his appearance was still top secret) as well as the stylized Empire logo we’re all familiar with. Since the logo had not yet been finalized, an early, somewhat clumsy-looking title closes the trailer, promising Empire’s much-anticipated release “next summer.”