Story by: Jack Foley
STAR Wars fanatics are being promised a piece by piece
approach to revelations concerning the final film in the saga,
ahead of its cinematic release, in 2005.
Hot on the heels of a US release date, and news of an extended
fight sequence, comes the revelation that the new Darth Vader
costume for the 'prequels' will be included on the forthcoming
DVD set of the original trilogy.
The eagerly-anticipated DVD will also feature an interview with
Star Wars creator, George Lucas, as well as peeking at the costume
worn by Anakin Skywalker, who becomes Vader.
"Our fans have been eagerly awaiting every morsel of Episode
III as we divulge it," said Lucasfilm's Jim Ward. "And
we're giving it to them piece by piece."
Ward went on to promise fans that they will get to see the evolution
of the Vader character and go places with him theyve never
The same DVD featurette will show behind-the-scenes footage of
Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker) and Ewan McGregor's (Obi-Wan
Kenobi) climactic lightsaber battle - which is reported to be
the longest in cinema history.
And it will help to make the DVD release even more popular than
it currently is, when its released in September, as it has
already climbed to the top of the DVD charts on internet retail
sites, like Amazon, through record amounts of pre-orders.
As part of the other special features package, fans are also
promised a look at the lightsabers, as well as biographies of
some of the famous alien creatures, and a playable Xbox video
game demo for the upcoming game Star Wars: Battlefront.
But while the odd insight into the next Star Wars film is certain
to wet fans appetite, many of the films biggest secrets
will remain under wraps, prior to its release in May.
What is known is that the final instalment will be set years
before the events of the original Star Wars trilogy.
l In other related Star Wars news,
British band, Ash, told Xfm that George Lucas has invited them
to his Skywalker Ranch next month.
The band, who are self-confessed fans of the series, and who
are preparing to release their latest single, Orpheus, on Monday,
are to meet the Star Wars supremo at his Californian residence.
The visit is designed to coincide with their appearance at the
Coachella Festival, although they claim to be unsure why Lucas
has invited them.
Lead singer, Tim Wheeler, told Xfm: "Were talking
to George Lucas about doing some stuff. I cant really say
what itll be for. Its about games and films as well,but
I cant be any more specific.
"Were going over to play Coachella (May 1-2) and weve
been invited to the Skywalker Ranch to meet just after that.
"Its weird, this year a lot of our dreams seem to
be coming true. Were getting to go to Skywalker Ranch, weve
been recording where Nirvana made Nevermind and Brian Robertson,
from Thin Lizzy, played guitar with us onstage. Its been
Ashs forthcoming album, Meltdown, will be released on May
17 and a UK tour will follow.