May the 4th be with You: “George Lucas in Love” to be Re-Released May 20th

Star Wars fever has captivated the world since the original film’s initial release in 1977, but with recent news of Episode VII‘s casting and today being … um … May the 4th, it’s only fitting that news comes out about the 15th anniversary re-release of celebrated short film “George Lucas in Love.” At under 9 minutes, the Joe Nussbaum-directed film takes a hilarious look at the “origin” story of the iconic movie franchise by following a young George Lucas, a film student struggling with writer’s block, who learns that sometimes the best untold stories are the ones staring you right in the face.

The film was released in 1999, one year after Best Picture winner Shakespeare in Love was popular in theatres, so imagine the short’s added relevance then. Fifteen years later, it remains as funny as ever —and perhaps even more relevant as the world prepares itself for J.J. Abrams’s latest incarnation next year.

“George Lucas in Love” will be available for download on iTunes on May 20.

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