”Star Wars: Episode III” doesn’t hit theaters until 2005, but that doesn’t mean George Lucas fans can’t get an early peek. Starting June 10, Starwars.com will unveil a site revamp – called HYPERSPACE – featuring a webcam on the Australian set of ”Episode III,” breaking news, and a lost scene from ”Attack of the Clones.” The catch? The subscriber-only service will cost true believers $19.95 a year. Fans can try out the new service for free during a special preview period from June 5-9.
For devotees who have spent sleepless nights pondering the existence of a ”lost” action scene from ”Attack of the Clones,” the investment should be worth it. Until now, Lucasfilm had refused to confirm or deny whether a Jedi Knights vs. attack droids battle scene had been shot, and its absence on the DVD suggested that the scene never made it past script form. ”It wasn’t on the DVD because it wasn’t finished at the time,” explains Lucasfilm spokesperson John Singh.
In addition to the lost scene, subscribers can sign up for their own Star Wars e-mail address, a twice-weekly newsletter, and join exclusive chats with cast and crew. As for the webcam, which will film 12 hours a day then repeat for 12 hours, Lucasfilm reps say spoilers will be avoided by strategically moving the camera around the set. Let’s just hope that doesn’t mean a gripping 12-hour shot of the catering table.