Here's a fresh trailer for Topher Grace's notorious one-movie Star Wars prequel, Star Wars: Episode III.5: The Editor Strikes Back, in which the actor sweetly spliced together snippets and scenes from all three Star Wars prequels into an 85-minute experience. The history behind the unauthorized Frankenstein version of the Lucas space opera opus was never Grace's disenchantment with the prequels (he loves the series), but more of an instructional restructuring of the controversial The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith to further realize the mysterious process of filmmaking. The finished cut screened March 6, 2012, for a private audience of 50 friends, actors, industry pros and members of the press to great fanfare and enthusiastic response.
Here's what Grace had to say about the project during a 2012 Huffington Post interview:
What I was trying to do ... by the way, I did want to learn how to edit, in the way that directors sometimes take acting classes. They're not doing it to become actors, they're doing it to understand the medium they're in better, from another angle. And that's why I did that. And, by the way, it has helped my acting -- editing something that didn't have me in it. There's this expression that it's written three times: during the script, when you're filming it and when you're editing it. And I believe that's wrong. I think it's written once, in editing -- and everything is clay for that. And I wanted to learn about it -- I thought it would be neat. It's like learning to play the piano and I need a lot of clay. And I thought if I did one movie out of these three ... whatever. Anyway, I was thrilled with the reviews that we got and I've been telling everyone that we're going to open huge [laughs]. We're going to have a big opening weekend.
Since then, rumor has it the legendary film has screened several more times at various locations around L.A. Now a trailer for that storied cut has appeared, with edits from the original trilogy, music from the Clone Wars television series and dialogue from Anthony Daniels’ (C-3PO) audiobook recordings. Has Grace reconsidered showing his film in public in the near future? Fingers crossed!
For our complete breakdown of the secret movie back in 2012, click here.
Have a look and tell us if you think it's a worthy trailer or just more amateur meddling ...