George Lucas’ Star Wars trilogy owes a large debt to the spaghetti westerns of Italian director Sergio Leone, especially his so-called Man With No Name films—A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Both are full of rough edged anti-heroes, tense stare downs, and sparse desert landscapes, among numerous other thematic similarities. It isn’t difficult to imagine John Williams’ epic score replaced with Ennio Morricone’s driving tunes. Each also inherited much from the various films of Akira Kurosawa.
Now Salt Lake City artist Tim Anderson has combined the two trilogies for a trio of vintage-looking posters that cast the Star Wars movies as spaghetti-westerns. The images are simple, stark, and totally capture the look and feel of the original Italian prints.
This one of Han Solo facing off with Greedo is spot on. In fact, you may recognize this style and color scheme from Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained.
Few characters in sci-fi say badass gunslinger quite like Boba Fett. And what grim western would be complete without a merciless bounty hunter?
Slap a cowboy hat and a poncho on the figure of Luke instead of that robe, maybe stick a hand-rolled cigarillo in the corner of his mouth, and you’ve got yourself a tough-as-nails leading man.
You can check out his website to buy one or a set of all three. Anderson is the same artist behind a series of pulp novel-inspired pictures for science fiction films, and he definitely has an eye for mimicking styles.