Star Wars in Austin

Star Wars filming in Austin? The rumors we wish were true (and some that actually are)

Star Wars in Austin? Rumors we wish were true (and some that are)

Scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
No, Cedar Park will not serve as a new Star Wars planet. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

It's a great time to be a nerd. With the recent trailer release for the upcoming Rogue One film, the world has been abuzz with Star Wars talk. Austinites may be more buzzed than most, because circulating right now is a piece from website Daily News 11 titled "Next Star Wars Movie to be Filmed Near Cedar Park, Texas."

Before you get too excited, the article — and the entire "news" site, for that matter — is completely bogus. Daily News 11 specializes in stories that are "satire or pure fantasy," but that hasn't stopped anxious Central Texans from sharing the story in hopes that they will be picked as extras.

So, no, Cedar Park will not "represent a previously unknown planet in the Star Wars universe." However, there's still good news for local fans: Both Alamo Drafthouse and Blue Starlite Drive-in just revealed details for upcoming screenings of the classic Star Wars franchise.

On Tuesday, Alamo Drafthouse announced that it will host a nationwide tour of the original three movies this summer dubbed "Return of the Trilogy." The Austin appearance includes screenings of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi from August 11 through 13 at the Long Center. Menu and programming details are forthcoming, but Austinites should mark May 4 on their calendars for the ticket release.

"It's always been a dream to show the original Star Wars trilogy again," said Alamo Drafthouse's vice president of special events, Henri Mazza, in a statement. "Seeing the original trilogy on the big screen for the first time is a real life-altering event and just a supreme amount of fun."

Sound awesome? It gets even better. Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in released early bird tickets on Wednesday for an upcoming Star Wars marathon that will last the entire month of August. From August 5 through 27, films will be "paired up in different couplings for the perfect duel night Star Wars drive-in experience." Additionally, Blue Starlite will screen Elstree 1976, a documentary about the extras that appeared in the original Star Wars films.

Star Wars will not be taking over Cedar Park, but there are some stellar local events to look forward to before the franchise's next installment.