BREAKING: Original Cuts of Star Wars Trilogy Coming to Disney+


BURBANK, CALIFORNIA:

With movie theaters closed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Disney is focusing on bringing more content to its flagship streaming service Disney+. In addition to releasing animated films Frozen II and Onward early, in a press release today Disney has announced that it is releasing the long clamored-for original theatrical cuts of the first three Star Wars films on the service.

STAR WARS fans can enjoy both the revised and original cuts of the STAR WARS saga films on the Disney+ streaming service, coming May 4th, 2020 to all countries. This includes HD versions of STAR WARS (1977), STAR WARS: EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980), and STAR WARS: EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983) in their original 2.39:1 theatrical forms.


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Star Wars fans have been asking for a release of these original versions dating back to when creator George Lucas ran Lucasfilm. However, Lucas made it clear that his various "special editions" of the films would be the only ones released on current media. When Disney bought Lucasfilm and the rights to the Star Wars films in 2012, fans saw an opportunity for a change in direction, but have been left hanging as digital and physical media re-releases of the films have gone by without including the original theatrical cuts.


These cuts include major differences to the current versions of the films, that most notably include actor Sebastian Shaw portraying the force ghost of Anakin Skywalker in 1983's "Return of the Jedi" instead of prequel Anakin actor Hayden Christensen, an older woman with spliced in monkey eyes portraying Emperor Palpatine in 1980's "The Empire Strikes Back", and a different "Krayt Dragon Call" from Old Ben Kenobi in the original 1977 "Star Wars". Other changes include musical ones such as the original "Yub Nub" and "Lapti Nek" songs that were replaced in later versions, and various tweaks of special effects.

In a statement, recently appointed Disney CEO Bob Chapek stated: "We are so excited to finally give Star Wars fans the versions that they grew up on, and provide families with an opportunity to connect over their shared love of this franchise."


UPDATE: Yes, this was an April Fools prank. But now a very real petition has started to actually make this happen, and you can sign it here!