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Watch: 1978 Screen Test For Boba Fett In 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 2, 2013 at 11:41AM

While the crass commercialism for George Lucas, Lucasfilm and the "Star Wars" series in general can be galling at times, it's often easy to forget how much work went into building the franchise into what it is today. From a little sci-fi oddity to a worldwide blockbuster and instant pop culture sensation, ever since the first film dropped in 1977, Lucas was been involved in pretty much every meticulous step along the way. And while Boba Fett initially seemed like a throwaway character that the public latched on to, this perhaps suggests Lucas knew it would catch on.
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Boba Fett

While the crass commercialism for George Lucas, Lucasfilm and the "Star Wars" series in general can be galling at times, it's often easy to forget how much work went into building the franchise into what it is today. From a little sci-fi oddity to a worldwide blockbuster and instant pop culture sensation, ever since the first film dropped in 1977, Lucas was been involved in pretty much every meticulous step along the way. And while Boba Fett initially seemed like a throwaway character that the public latched on to, this perhaps suggests Lucas knew it would catch on.

A June 1978 screen test for the character, hosted by sound designer Ben Burtt, has surfaced and it's essentially walkthrough of the character prototype before he had ever appeared on screen. This would be six months before he made his first appearance (as superfans know) in the reviled "The Star Wars Holiday Special," and two years before "Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back." So it would be safe to assume that Lucas already had some idea this character was special from the start.

Anyway, it's a intriguing bit of history nonetheless. Check out the footage below and remember, we could be seeing a spinoff movie in the not too distant future, in the galaxy you already live in. [Flicksided]

This article is related to: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars


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