If you enjoyed scoping out the behind-the-scenes Star Wars pics yesterday, now we’ve got yet another peek behind the curtain of Lucas’ legendary trilogy. Today it’s a selection of storyboard art from the production of Return of the Jedi. They’re the work of storyboard artist David Russell. After getting his big break with Jedi in 1983, Russell went on to work on dozens of films, including Tim Burton’s Batman and the recent Lucas passion project Red Tails. That project was personally important to Russell, as he is the son of one of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American aviators in the U.S. armed forces.
Take a look at some Russell’s work below, which sketches out Return of the Jedi‘s climactic battle between Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Emperor Palpatine. I also have to say that Russell’s version of the Emperor is a lot creepier than the one actually used, and that’s saying something since the Emperor scared the crap out of me as a kid.
You can see the rest of the set, as well as an interview with Russell and his storyboards for films such as Batman, over at Movieweb.