Local film crew creates Star Wars fan film in Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-The highly-anticipated 7th installment of the Star Wars franchise opens in theaters in just a few weeks. But here in North Alabama, a crew is working on their version - a fan film. Currently, the film is underway in Huntsville.

Writer/Director of the film "Star Wars Battle of Rocket City" Jeffrey Parker says it's amazing to be able to make a film like that as a fan.

"The story that I wrote, it just really encompasses you know the question of what if the star wars franchise, you know what if they were able to come here," says Parker.

Much of the filming is taking place at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, and will be shown once completed at the IMAX theater in the spring.

"When you think of Star Wars, what an ideal location to shoot a fan film, and to be able to tell their side of that story so we're very excited about it, we're glad to have these people at our house and this is going to be significant for our community, for them, and hopefully for the star wars genre as well," says US Space and Rocket Center Director of Communications Tim Hall.

The fan film will feature favorite characters from the early trilogy, including the villain you love to fear, Darth Vader.

"I just want to create some new characters, and combine them with the classic and I hope the audience likes them," says Parker.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be played at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, and staff say there will be an announcement coming up in the near future about a special event opening night.