Exclusive cover peek at latest Ian Doescher 'Star Wars' parody

The best-selling Shakespearean "Star Wars" parodies continue with "William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return." And CNET doth get an exclusive look at the new book's cover.

Behold the new cover of "William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return" by  Ian Doescher, illustrated by Nicolas Delort.
Behold the new cover of "William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return" by Ian Doescher, illustrated by Nicolas Delort. (Click to enlarge.) Quirk Books

Life's but an Ewoking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage.

"William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return" -- the third installment of Shakespeare's "Star Wars" parody books by Ian Doescher from Quirk Books -- hits bookshelves on July 1, and CNET got an exclusive look at the cover.

On it, Jabba the Hutt takes his place as the ultimate Shakespearean villain. Will Princess Leia's metal bikini, the treacherous sarlacc pit, and Ewoks and the Battle of Endor all be given the Shakespearean treatment? Fans will have to wait until the summer to discover what exactly is in store for their favorite characters in this homage to George Lucas' iconic "Star Wars" film "Return of the Jedi."

"'William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return' follows all the conventions I've put in place this far and adds a few more," Doescher explained. "We get to see how the Ewoks might have spoken in Shakespeare's time, some minor characters end up with big speeches, there's another Fool to rival R2-D2, and there are more songs than in either of the first two books. There may or may not be Elizabethan gangsta rap in Jabba's Palace."

While waiting for July 1 to arrive, fans can pick up "William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back," which goes on sale March 18.

Watch the new book trailer for "William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back" to see what light through Yoda's window breaks.

 

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