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Maybe the Rumored New "Star Wars" Trilogy Will Be Set in the Present?

by Christopher Campbell
October 25, 2010 6:05 AM
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The weekend was buzzing with excitement and skepticism of a potential other "Star Wars" trilogy. IESB broke/originated the rumor on Friday that George Lucas is planning another trio of films following the 3-D re-releases of the six existing episodes (expected annually from 2012 to 2017). These new films would be set long after the events spanning from "The Phantom Menace" to "Return of the Jedi" and would not involve the Skywalker family. The trilogy will also have nothing to do with the upcoming live-action "Star Wars" TV series set to debut next year or the year after.

Lucasfilm has since denied the legitimacy of IESB's exclusive report, but this could just be their official status for the moment.

Of course, with no apparent affiliation with the characters in the other works, Lucas could plot a trilogy that seems to have little to do with "Star Wars" as we know it. He could just make a totally different sort of space opera and slap his cash-cow stamp on it just to get the geeks' cash. But when I read IESB's claim that the new films could take place as much as 1,000 years after the Battle of Endor, I thought about that first title that opens every "Star Wars" movie: "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...."

Couldn't that mean this supposed next "Star Wars" trilogy is just set in the present? Or anywhere in the time of human civilization on Earth? Maybe the missing link in human evolution is that we're all descendants of a human character from that universe. Hopefully and likely we're all the great, great, great grandchildren of Lando Calrissian.

In any event, after the jump is a collection of some past looks at what it would look like if the "Star Wars" universe expanded to or otherwise joined up with our own:


"Death Star Over San Francisco"


Bigfoot is a wookie


And the rest of Cédric Delsaux's "Dark Lens" photos featuring Darth Vader and others on Earth.


Darth Vader robs a bank.



And the "Star Wars" opening crawl itself invades our planet.


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