'Star Wars' Episode in the Works for 'Big Bang Theory' -- With Lucasfilm Involved; Here's What They Have in Mind THR
Lucasfilm is working with the CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory” on a “Star Wars”-themed episode, which will air May 1 in connection with the annual May 4 "Star Wars" Day, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
May 4 is when “Star Wars” fans tell others, “May the Fourth be with you,” a play on the film’s phrase, “May the Force be with you.” The comedy will feature the show’s characters celebrating the unofficial holiday, with Sheldon having visions of his mentor, Professor Proton (played by Bob Newhart), as a Jedi master.
Technicians from Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic re-created the world of Dagobah, the swampy planet where Yoda lived in exile, for the episode, the story notes. Experts from Lucasfilm also consulted and visited the set to help oversee the production.
"Big Bang Theory" co-creator Chuck Lorre told the publication that Lucasfilm approached the show about commemorating “Star Wars” Day on the program. The idea for re-creating Dagobah, though, came from the show’s writers, noted showrunner Steve Molaro.