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? Here, let Italian comic artist Denis Medri, the guy behind greaser Batman, help. A new 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 depictions are spot one and kind of brilliant.
In Medri’s world Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and a Stormtrooper are members of a tough 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.
Han and Chewie are a pair of stoners, burning rubber all day in their sweet Trans Am version of the Millennium Falcon. I grew up with these guys, and of course Han has nunchucks, they all have nunchucks.
R2 and C3PO are ideal 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.
Luke and Leia are the good, wholesome, clean-cut kids, the Molly Ringwalds.
Is there even anything to say about Lando in this picture? You can bet he’s got all the best dance moves.
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…
…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.