An incredible twisted cross-universe, cross-franchise, fan team-up theory has been doing rounds over the internet in various forms. And truthfully it is glorious, no matter how stupid it really sounds.
Star Wars is currently the hot topic with JJ Abrams' entry now only months away from hitting cinemas and a drool inducing theatrical poster was just released.
But a brilliant and playful fan theory sees Han Solo and Darth Vader teaming up to kill one of humanity greatest historical villains, Adolf Hitler.
How you may ask?
Well, thanks to Harrison Ford's varied career, he not only played Han Solo and Indiana Jones, but for two movies took on perspicacious Tom Clancy character, Jack Ryan (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger). His CIA boss in those movies was none other Darth Vader himself, James Earl Jones. This is where this wonderful convoluted series of dots begins. With my tongue in my cheek, let's explore how it all connects together.
So to begin...
The goal makes sense. Hitler was responsible for some pretty horrible things. We all agree that assassinating Hitler before World War II would prevent some of the worst acts in human history. And who better than James Earl Jones and Harrison Ford to take on job?
Ford will go back in time to the height of Hitler's rule; 1938 Germany. Jones on the other hand, had to got further back, to a place a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. And because the CIA have kept this time travel technology hidden in their secret Area 51 warehouse since pre-World War II (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), it was time they were put to good use.
Yep. Thats right! If you look carefully they are the same guy! That's crazy, right? But the familiar faces do not stop there. Because...
No wonder the Empire imperialism seems drawn from the Nazi regime. Or could it be the other way round? Could Hitler have travelled back in time and fashioned Emperor Palpatine's army on Nazi ideals? If you replace the English accents of the Imperial Officers with German accents, take note of all the intense stormtrooper marching, a love of tall cloth banners with imperialistic symbols all over, and the general evilness of the Empire, I would say the latter.
So in 1938, Ford confronts Hitler during a visit to Berlin. But with so many Nazi followers around it would have been signing his own death sentence to make his move there and then.
Ford however successfully prevents the Nazis taking both the lost Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail, the cup of last supper of Jesus Christ (or Luke Skywalker depending on your faith).
Meanwhile in Space...
With the war looking lost without the ancient relics, Hitler escapes to a galaxy far far away, then sends his companion to the future to look out for his best interests, unknowingly aware that Ford will trick him into drinking from the wrong Grail cup.
James Earl Jones has been waiting patiently, learning the ways of the force ready to strike at the opportune time...
With all pieces in place, Jones finally takes Hitler down with a cross-space throat choke!
Ford joins Jones to ride off into the sunset in the Millennium Falcon.
Who ever on the internet is responsible for this delightful frankenstein-like theory is not only completely mental, but is a comedic genius.
I bid you my greatest praise, whoever you are!
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Daniel Sanguineti is a Australian Film Producer and Writer, who tutors film and media at the University of Canberra and the Canberra Institute of Technology. He is on twitter @DanSanguineti.