One of the coolest things about the rise of video sharing sites is that it’s given passionate fans a platform to showcase their perspectives on the media they love. In particular, YouTube has become a hub for fan-made mega-trailers—mashup clips featuring footage from an entire movie or television franchise. Funnily enough, one of the best fan remixers is Hollywood star Topher Grace, who recently reaffirmed this in fans mins when he and editor Jeff Yorkes released the thrilling new “Star Wars” mega-trailer.
Entitled “Star Wars: Always,” the five-minute clip features footage taken from all 10 theatrically released live-action “Star Wars” films. Despite the fact that the movie franchise spans five decades and features the work of seven filmmakers, the clip is surprisingly coherent.
Like the films themselves, the mega-trailer is largely focused on the generation-spanning Skywalker saga. But it also highlights important and beloved characters from the franchise including Han Solo, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca, and Rey.
Energetically paced and full of material that is both emotionally resonant and visually stunning, “Star Wars: Always” is the kind of trailer that reminds fans why they fell in love with the franchise.
Indeed, the clip seems to have resonated with “Star Wars” aficionados. Since being released on February 26, the clip has racked up more than 1 million views on YouTube.
Grace’s First Fan Edit
Though best known for starring in TV shows and movies like “That ‘70s Show” and “BlacKkKlansman,” Grace has established a reputation for being a talented fan editor. And in addition to making gripping mega-trailers, he has also made a few feature-length edits of well-known genre properties.
Grace’s fan editing hobby first became public knowledge in 2012 when he invited friends, industry peers and some writers to a showing of his edit of the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy. Named “Star Wars: Episode III.5: The Editor Strikes Back” the fan-edit reduced the 415-minute saga to a tidy 85-minute standalone film.
Despite its abbreviated length, Topher’s “Star Wars” remix was well received by those who saw it due to its action-focus narrative and lack of narrative bloat and excess Jar Jar.
Topher’s Journey Into Middle Earth
The “Spider-Man 3” star has also created a similarly slimmed-down edit of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy. In July 2018, it was revealed that Grace created an 85-minute cut of the 462-minute Middle Earth tale.
Apparently, creating tighter versions of notoriously bloated film franchises is how the actor relaxes. He explained that he created the “Hobbit” fan-edit as a way to decompress after playing the vile David Duke in “BlacKkKlansman.” As for “Star Wars: Always”? It was a weekend lark for Grace and Yorkes.
However, there is evidence suggesting the “Always” mega-trailer is the start of a new venture. The clip was released via a newly created Twitter and YouTube accounts bearing the name Lou’s Café.
And on Feb. 25, Lou Café’s tweeted a mission statement of sorts, “At Lou’s Cafe, we don’t just throw out yesterday’s scraps and leftovers. We repurpose them into an entirely new dish… and sometimes, it tastes even better than the original! #SameIngredients #NewMeal”
— Lou's Cafe (@louscafe_edit) February 25, 2019
Although Grace maintains that he doesn’t intend to take up editing as a trade, his obvious talent and passion for the material make one wonder what kind of officially sanctioned “Star Wars” work he might produce.
As for the next trip to a galaxy far far away? “Star Wars: Episode IX” is scheduled for release on Dec. 20, 2019.