If you’re one of those who attended the last Star Wars Celebration in Europe or at least someone aware of any Star Wars news, you probably already know that Return of the Jedi is returning to theaters for the first time in 26 years.
Of course, not everyone will understand the joy it brings when your favorite movie comes back to cinemas, but it opens the possibility for a new generation of fans to see the iconic sixth chapter in the Skywalker saga for the first time.
Its return to theaters will also give the previous fans a chance to experience the 1982 film in today’s time, starting on April 28 – May 4 in select cinemas in the United States, April 28 – May 1 in the United Kingdom, and other regions for only a limited time.
To celebrate, a fan took to Reddit to remind everyone about the 2023 theatrical release of Star Wars: Episode VI, which most fans also expressed their excitement about, and some citing that even if their country will not be showing the film in their local cinemas, they are happy nonetheless.
The release will also mark the 40th anniversary of the film, with a spectacular, brand-new poster celebrating Return of the Jedi's theatrical return made by artist Matt Ferguson. “I’m so happy and grateful to get to work on these movies again, even more so to be given the freedom to continue what I started with Empire,” said Ferguson.
He continued, “For that poster, a cold mechanical vibe completely takes over the whole composition. But Return of the Jedi is very much the triumph of Luke and the Rebels, so I wanted to have more of the warmer colors coming back into the art, hence pivoting to green with red accents.”
Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi, released in 1982, is the third installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, and deals with the Rebel Alliance attempting to destroy a second Death Star built by the Galactic Empire, as well as Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker attempting to save his father, Darth Vader, from the dark side of the force.
Following its original release, the film was a major success, cementing the original Star Wars trilogy as one of the greatest sci-fi trilogies of all time. The film was also chosen for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress in 2021.
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