Star Wars: The Empire Strikes is celebrating its 40th anniversary and to commemorate the occasion Star Wars fans are getting exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures from the set of the critically-acclaimed tar Wars movie.
The follow-up to Star Wars: A New Hope, George Lucas’ The Empire Strikes Back was a “make or break” installment for the budding Star Wars film franchise. Celebrating its fourth decade in Hollywood, Star Wars legend Mark Hamill has decided to share never-before-seen exclusive photos from the production of The Empire Strikes Back with the USA Today.
The photos might be in black and white, but they’re certainly heart-warming. Not only do we get to see Hamill in his Rebel flight suit before he shoots scenes for the second Star Wars movie, but we also get to see the actor lounging about together with the rest of the Star Wars cast including Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and the late Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) who passed away ahead of the Star Wars trio.
You can check out some of the pictures down here:
“This one was challenging in a way the first one was not – more cerebral, more intellectual, more spiritual. The Force always had an element of spirituality, but this just deepened those themes and explored them,” Hamill said in a phone interview with the USA Today.
The Empire Strikes Back certainly had a different feel from the first Star Wars movie. Though it was darker and more personal than the first film, Star Wars fans loved Episode V all the same. There’s a special place in our hearts for the second film in Star Wars that helped turn George Lucas’ far, far away into one of the most successful film franchises in Hollywood history.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back and the rest of the Skywalker saga is available for streaming on Disney+.