Watch the First-Ever Teaser for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Monday, 30 May 2016 - 11:03AM
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Monday, 30 May 2016 - 11:03AM
Watch the First-Ever Teaser for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Was this our first-ever look at Return of the Jedi? An old, old teaser for the final installment of the original Star Wars trilogy was just released, so old that it has the original title, "Revenge of the Jedi," and the original Christmas release date:



According to the Academy Film Archive, who released this "peculiar" little teaser (which basically consists of hype and a few stills), the trailer was shown with the U.K.'s May 1982 double feature re-release of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, and may be the earliest trailer for the movie ever. There were a few American trailers with the original "Revenge" title, but they all had the changed release date of May 25, 1983, which is when the movie actually came out.

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With Star Wars (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980) taking the world by force, 1982 was a year defined by anticipation for the third and (then) final chapter in the Star Wars saga. The film's originally promoted title Revenge of the Jedi and its ultimate change to Return of the Jedi has always been of significance to fans. Advertising materials that bear the more aggressive Revenge title reveal how far along the film's marketing cycle had come prior to George Lucas' decision to dismiss it in favor of Return.
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Via io9

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