Star Wars-Inspired Film 5-25-77 Finally Gets a New Trailer and Release Date

Author Thumbnail BY Jake Vyper - May 01, 2017

Patrick Read Johnson has working on his Star Wars-inspired film 5-25-77 for over a decade. It's a coming-of-age story that stars John Francis Daley (Freaks and Geeks) as a teenage filmmaker living in Wadsworth, Illinois, and his excitement for the premiere of Star Wars on May 25, 1977. The autobiographical film is a true love letter to Star Wars about the director's own experience on how the science fantasy franchise affected his life. A new 3-minute (rounded-up) trailer has been released, showing us a lot of nostalgic 70s-style geek culture, and it was announced that the film will be released on May 15, 2017 (very appropriate film title). It's incredible how this film was made in the course of 13 years, and it looks like Johnson's passionate efforts paid off. 

Watch this trailer from Ain't It Cool News

I love the retro style of this film. This is like a fusion of Star Wars, Napoleon Dynamite, and Sion Sono's Why Don't You Play in Hell?. Great stuff!


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away—or rather, in early-’70s Wadsworth, Illinois—Pat, a teenage geek with a big imagination, devoted his spare time and excess energy to concocting supremely amateur “sequels” to the genre cinema of the day. With his backyard and basement standing in for a Hollywood studio, he set the sights of his Super-8 on his own visions of JAWS, PLANET OF THE APES, DUEL and of course the catalyst for his crazed creativity, 2001: A SPACE ODDYSEY. His best pal Bill doesn’t entirely share his raging passion but he’s perfectly game to have his arm torn off or heart ripped out in the name of homemade sci-fi cinema—and be Pat’s comrade in discovering the delights and disasters of an average adolescent’s life. But such lives, even those in ordinary Wadsworth, have their dramatic defining moments. Pat’s arrives in a chance opportunity to visit Hollywood and while there, meet with special effects maestro Douglas Trumbull. Along that path, however, lies a fateful detour… an audience with the young, rising director Steven Spielberg, a journey through the guts of Industrial Light & Magic in its infancy, and an encounter with one George Lucas as he manically mixes up a little space-opera movie that would soon shake the foundations of cinematic art and business…

What do you think about the trailer?

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