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Lucas Gives Fanboys F/X Help

Chris Marquette, who co-stars in the upcoming Star Wars-themed comedy Fanboys, told SCI FI Wire that the movie has been delayed to add a cameo with Kevin Smith and sound effects from the Star Wars films, which were authorized by George Lucas himself after he saw an early cut and approved. The homage to Star Wars fans now has an Aug. 17 release date.

"They showed it to so many people involved in Star Wars that we've gone back several times with additional scenes," Marquette said in an interview while promoting his latest film, The Invisible. "Like, Kevin Smith had seen it, and [he] came in and was like, 'Oh, man. I love it.' So they let him write and direct one of his own scenes in it. So they added that in." Smith is a well-known fan of Star Wars, having included allusions to the franchise in his films for years.

As for Star Wars creator Lucas, Marquette said that the post-production process was extended to incorporate new sound and special effects with the blessing of Lucas himself. (Principal photography was completed last year.) "George Lucas saw it and loved it and gave us all the sound effects for the original Star Wars movie," Marquette said. "So they went back in and put in all these sound effects and everything and some cool special effects. It's like everybody's that seen it that's sort of loved it has attached themselves in a way to make the movie better."

In Fanboys, Marquette plays one of four guys who drive cross-country to Lucas' Skywalker Ranch to fulfill a friend's dying wish to see an advance screening of Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace. "It's cool," Marquette said. "It's like a wacky comedy that's got a really nice undertone of, like, friendship. It's like a road-trip movie. It's really nice, though. It was me, and they hired three other guys who are just insanely talented and really funny. So they just let us [have] sort of like a free-for-all improv, in a way." —Cindy White
 


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