For Star Wars fans, the date May 25, 1977 holds religious-like importance. It's the day the original film came out. It's also the title of the new film "5-25-77," which is part teenage comedy and part love letter to late-'60s/'70s films like "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Jaws" and, of course, the film that would change everything for so many, "Star Wars."
"5-25-77" is about '70s teenage filmmaker Pat Johnson, played by John Francis Daly (Sam from "Freaks and Geeks"), who re-creates his favorite movies using homemade props like his sister's bike wheels to build a model space station. Pat's film re-creations earn him a tour of effects house Industrial Light and Magic, where he gets a glimpse of an unreleased little film called "Star Wars." He instantly becomes the film's first fan.
The trailer, released Saturday on Ain't It Cool News, brings us back to a time when being a geek wasn't cool. One of my favorite moments is when Pat explains what the Death Star is by saying it could take out the USS Enterprise from Star Trek with one shot. The other character is shocked and yells back, "The Enterprise has deflector shields!"
It took 13 years for "5-25-77" to be made -- Daly is 31 now. It's scheduled to hit theaters in the US for a limited release on May 25, the 40th anniversary of the release of "Star Wars: A New Hope," with an announcement on a possible wider release planned for May the 4th. Hopefully, the film can satisfy our Star Wars hunger until episode 8 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" comes out this Christmas.