Topher Grace and Jeff Yorkes craft an epic trailer for the entire Star Wars saga. Grace is perhaps best known for his role as Venom/Eddie Brock in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 and for portraying Eric in That '70s Show on the small screen. More recently, Grace made a critically acclaimed appearance in the Oscar-nominated BlacKkKlansman playing the white supremacist David Duke. Grace's pal, Jeff Yorkes, is a prominent editor specializing in trailers, who has previously worked on the short Star Wars tribute film, The Return of Return of the Jedi.
Clearly, both men love their Star Wars and that particular franchise has been rapidly expanding in recent years. Almost two decades after the end of the original trilogy came the much-maligned prequels, which have been given some revisionist love of late, and then following Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm, the current J. J. Abrams trilogy began. Somewhat predictably, the Mouse House were keen to make the most of their eye-wateringly expensive investment and have also been releasing spinoff movies with mixed success.
With 10 big screen adventures now forming the spine of the Star Wars universe, the franchise as a whole tells a generation-spanning story and the duo of Grace and Yorkes recently spent a highly productive weekend cutting together a bumper-sized trailer for the entire Star Wars movie saga, titled Star Wars: Always. Taking footage from all eight main episodes, as well as Rogue One and Solo, the trailer can now be viewed at the recently-created Lou's Cafe YouTube channel.
Perhaps more than any other franchise, Star Wars has inspired a multitude of fan-edits, homemade trailers and semi-professional short films, but Star Wars: Always is right up there with the best of them. The trailer is smartly structured to draw parallels between the various trilogies and even hints at some non-canon connections, such as tying Yoda's famous "there is another" line to current protagonist, Rey. The edit also highlights the multi-generational nature of the Star Wars franchise, showing Han's development from Force-atheist to a gray-haired, full-blown Jedi believer and adorning Luke's training on Dagobah with the angst-ridden tones of Anakin Skywalker.
As Yorkes himself states, it would be interesting to see more of these longer, franchise encompassing trailers, both to remind fans why they invest so much time and energy in them and to boil down years worth of storytelling into a concise, trailer-style narrative. It's also fascinating to imagine how moviegoers would react if Grace could travel back in time to 1976 and show this trailer to sci-fi fans that had not yet heard those magical words, "in a galaxy far, far away."
Source: Lou's Cafe
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