‘Episode 3’ footage leaks

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Another “Star Wars” film is getting ready for release, which means it’s time for another round of leaked footage on the Internet followed by cease-and-desist letters from Lucasfilm.

First footage from “Star Wars: Episode 3,” which will be released in May of 2005, made its way online in mid-January. The clips featuring actors Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor, among others, performing stunts and acting in front of green screens.

A Lucasfilm rep confirmed the clips quickly came to the attention of the company, which sent letters to proprietors of the Web sites where the footage was being shown, demanding that it be taken down, which it promptly was.

Peek at “Episode 3” now exists only on the hard drives of those who downloaded it before it disappeared — at least until the next online leak.

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