For all the talk of the billions of dollars “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will rake in, the plans of the sequels and spinoffs and more, it can be easy to forget that the franchise has very humble beginnings. In fact, 20th Century Fox had so little faith in the original “Star Wars,” they gave George Lucas the merchandising rights (easily one of the worst cinematic business decisions in history). However, Jon Spira’s new documentary “Elstree 1976” takes audiences on a thirty-nine year trip to tell the story of how Lucas started an empire, by hearing it from some of the smaller players who made it happen.
Featuring David Prowse (the man in Darth Vader’s suit), Paul Blake (Greedo), Angus MacInnes (who played an X-Wing pilot), Derek Lyons (supporting artist), and many more, the film focuses on the not-so big names of the cast, shares their experiences of making “Star Wars,” and how it changed their lives, for better or worse. It’s a picture we enjoyed at the BFI London Film Festival, and one that we called, “an examination of how fame can change us and haunt us.”
No word yet on release dates for the picture, but you can get a taste with the trailer below. [Twitchfilm]