Appeal For Crowd-funding New Star Wars Film

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Filmmaker Jon Spira has urged all sci-fi fanatics to help him track down the extras and bit-part players from the first Star Wars movie from 1977, for the making of the new documentary.

He has already teamed up with Derek Lyons, who played Medal Bearer and Massassii Guard in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

He has found some other extras, but now he is calling fans to help fund a new documentary about the making of the movie.

He said, “In 1976, during the hottest summer on record, Star Wars was shot in suburban North London. Nobody involved had any idea how big the film would become, many couldn’t even remember the title.

Yet, for the extras and actors in smaller roles, their faces hidden in masks and helmets, this seemingly insignificant job would go on to colour their lives even four decades later.

His film, Elstree 1976, centers around 10 of the unseen heroes of the first Star Wars film.

In a new Kickstarter.com fundraising promo video, he is asking fans to help him raise over $48,000 (£30,000) to help him finish the project.

Anyone who is willing to donate $1,200 (£750) will be given an automatic executive producer credit, while the first person to hand over $3,200 (£2,000) will get a replica Boba Fett helmet signed by actor Jeremy Bulloch, who portrayed the bounty hunter in the first Star Wars trilogy.

News of the upcoming movie came just weeks after the making of the latest Star Wars movie began in London.

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