Obi-Wan brings his A game against Darth Vader in this Star Wars fan film

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Dec 18, 2018, 8:00 PM EST (Updated)

The first lightsaber battle we ever saw was between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader in 1977's A New Hope (or just Star Wars, for you purists). It changed cinema forever and was a harbinger of things to come in terms of Jedi-Sith action for the franchise. However, there's no denying that the lightsaber-on-lightsaber action of the original trilogy was much slower and more atmospheric. The VFX of the time might have been groundbreaking, but they were also limited. Not until the prequels would we see more exciting and better choreographed fights. 

Thanks to all the advancements since the late 1970s, a new Star Wars fan film updates the New Hope encounter between Kenobi and his former Padawan in the Imperial hallway. Posted by FXitinPost on YouTube, the 46-second clip adds more gusto to the iconic encounter between master and student without sacrificing what made it great in the first place. For one thing, it uses Alec Guinness's likeness. For another, you get the imposing presence of Vader, whose introduction in the clip brings to mind his hallway sequence at the end of Rogue One

Based on the updated display below, it seems Kenobi was right when he said, "If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."


Here's the original scene for comparison:

According to FXitinPost, the small, reimagined scene is part of a larger whole, which will arrive in 2018. "This is a small teaser for a reimagining of the Vader vs Kenobi fight from A New Hope that I am VFX Supervising," they wrote in the video's caption. 

They followed this up with a disclaimer:

"This is an unofficial, non-profit. 'REIMAGINED SHORT SCENE', not intended for commercial use. This was made strictly for Entertainment purposes, as well as VFX & Camera testing. All story, characters, likeness & sound are the property of Walt Disney/LucasFilm’s."

Hopefully the full video with Guinness' resurrection can tide us over until the Obi-Wan spin-off movie gets here.

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