‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’ at 30: Five Exclusive Photos from J.W. Rinzler’s ‘Making Of’ Book

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi, the conclusion of Star Wars‘ Original Trilogy. It’s a movie full of iconic moments: Jabba the Hutt; Princess Leia’s metal bikini; “So what I told you is true…from a certain point of view” ; the introduction of the Emperor and his ability to shoot lightning out his fingertips; the teddy bear-cute Ewoks using bows, arrows, and falling logs to defeat the Empire; the heartbreaking “Luke, help me take this mask off.” To commemorate 30 years of Jedi, Random House and Lucasfilm are publishing J.W. Rinzler’s The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi on Oct. 1. But today, on the actual anniversary, we’ve got five exclusive images from the book. Click on the image of The Emperor below to access them. Yub nub!

Credit: Courtesy of Lucasfilm, The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by J.W. Rinzler (on sale Oct.1) 

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