Rare Star Wars: Revenge of the Jedi trailer discovered in the Oscars archive

This is what the 1983 movie COULD have ended up like

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A well-known piece of Star Wars lore is that 1983 original trilogy finale Return of the Jedi was once supposed to be known as Revenge of the Jedi (after George Lucas decided Return was a bit lame), with teasers and thousands of posters printed under the title.

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However, as time went on Lucas decided that Revenge wasn’t very Jedi-y and switched it back, saving the title as another trilogy capper in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. But let’s not think about that film too much.

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And so the matter may have rested – but this year The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (you know, those guys who give out the little gold men to Meryl Streep) unearthed a rare “Revenge of the Jedi” teaser trailer from 1982, releasing it this month in commemoration of the first Star Wars film’s 39th anniversary (yep, the big one).

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It really paints quite a picture of an alternate past, doesn’t it? Where fonts were red, Jedi were vengeful and trailers were really quite static. What a world that might have been.