See Star Wars As An Awesome 80s Teen Movie

By Brent McKnight | Published

What if, instead of taking place in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars was set in a small town in the 1980s? Having trouble picturing that? Well worry no more because someone has already put paint to paper on this one.

Here, let Italian comic artist Denis Medri, the guy behind greaser Batman, help you out a bit. A collection of drawings does precisely this, recasting all of George Lucas’ iconic characters as stock types from a John Hughes-esque coming-of-age movie.

They could be kids from the neighborhood, and the Star Wars depictions are spot on and kind of brilliant.

The Star Wars Bike Gang

In Medri’s Star Wars world Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and a Stormtrooper are members of a tough biker motorcycle gang.

You can tell they’re rebels by the bandana tied around Boba Fett’s leg. I also can’t help but imagine Johnny Lawrence’s band of hoodlums from The Karate Kid.

This one fits perfectly.

The Burnouts

Han and Chewie are a pair of Star Wars stoners, burning rubber all day in their sweet Trans Am version of the Millennium Falcon.

Does it make sense for Han to have nunchucks? Um, of course, it does. These two represent the counterculture anyway.

The Star Wars Nerds

R2 and C3PO are ideal Star Wars nerds. But they’re the kind of nerds that get into all sorts of mischief, like Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith in Weird Science.

Someone needs to come around these 80s movies and end up playing a bit of the wet blanket. It’s worth noting that these characters almost always get the most wild by the end.

The Star Wars Preps

Luke and Leia are the good, wholesome, clean-cut Star Wars kids, the Molly Ringwalds. Sure, Luke looks a bit Marty McFly here and that dude didn’t exactly play it straight all the time. But the look works for sure.

Lando Would Really Fit In

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Is there even anything to say about Lando in this Star Wars picture? You can bet he’s got all the best dance moves.

And it would make sense that he would get one with basically all of the different crowds out there. Coruscant might have even been a party house.

The Wise Adults

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Yoda as a wise old gym teacher, showing wayward teens the true path, is absolutely perfect. A wise old janitor could have also worked, but you’ll see why Medri went this way in the next picture…

The Evil Principal And Janitor

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Jabba had to be cast as a fat, gross, creepy janitor. That works well, but you could also switch the roles.

Yoda could easily be the wise janitor, out of the way, unnoticed, watching, stepping in with sage advice when needed; and Jabba could have been a sweaty, leering PE coach, hanging out with mustard stains on his tracksuit.

And, of course, the Emperor is lording over the school with an evil fist.

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