Watch George Lucas's First Short Film in Celebration of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This short film with a long name was Lucas's first foray into sci-fi filmmaking. A decade later, Lucas would direct the first Star Wars film.
Shelby Rogers

Long ago at a university far, far away... 

The year was 1967. A University of Southern California film student named George Lucas was working on a short film called Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB. And then, like most student work, the film was forgotten. 

Lucas was only 23 years old at the time. Four years after this short, he would expand on the themes in a movie called THX 1138. A decade after this short film, Lucas would revolutionize sci-fi filmmaking and storytelling with the Star Wars franchise. 

This gem surfaced online thanks to sci-fi channel Dust, and it comes right before the eighth installment of the Star Wars saga The Last Jedi hits theaters tomorrow. 

There's also no guarantee as to how long this movie will live on in internet glory, so we recommend watching it now before it disappears. 

Can't get enough Star Wars before the movie? The Dust channel has a ton of Star Wars-themed videos and recaps. They also feature a ton of sci-fi short films from independent filmmakers around the world. Who knows? Maybe one day these short films could come from the next George Lucas. 

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