Empire Strikes Back companion film Black Angel to get full-length remake starring Rutger Hauer

The short fantasy film that was originally screened alongside the Star Wars sequel is being turned into a full movie also starring Lord of the Rings' John Rhys-Davies - and any fans with enough spare cash

When Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back was released back in 1980, it was screened alongside Black Angel, a low-budget short film specially commissioned by George Lucas.


The 25-minute-long fantasy tale of a Crusader knight on a quest to rescue a beautiful maiden from the evil knight of the title was thought lost until the negatives were unearthed at Universal Studios in 2013.

Now, the film’s director Roger Christian – who won an Oscar for his set design work on Star Wars – is turning the short into a full-length feature, fronted by Bladerunner star Rutger Hauer and Lord of the Rings’ John Rhys-Davies.

A budget of “around $15 million” will let Christian make “a huge epic film” which will allow the audience “to smell the blood and the sweat and the tears”, he tells The Hollywood Reporter. But the director is also looking to raise an extra $100,000 with a crowd-funding campaign, which offers fans perks ranging from t-shirts to a chance to appear as an extra.

So if you’ve ever dreamed of starring in a movie alongside Roy Batty or Gimli the dwarf and have a spare $1,000 (around £650) to invest, now’s your chance

Watch the original Black Angel


Roger Christian on the new full-length film