If there’s anyone who can transcend The Force, it’s comedy-duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Filmgoers in the US face a hard decision on December 18 when the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Fey and Poehler’s comedy Sisters both hit screens.
Star Wars is hotly tipped to break box office records, estimated to rake in more than $200 million on the opening weekend. For Fey and Poehler, that’s a tough gig to beat, but they’re determined to try.
Poking fun at Star Wars’ intergalactic hype train, Sister’s mockumentary-style trailer parodies the sci-fi film’s behind-the-scenes reel shown at Comic-Con this year.
The two-and-a-half minute video sees co-star and Saturday Night Live alumna Maya Rudolph doing her best Chewbacca impression, while Fey and Poehler speak in a comedic twist of the British accent.
The legendary George Takei of Star Trek fame also makes a surprise cameo.
“R-2 D-2 is my bra size,” exclaims Fey, before Rudolph brandishes a pink lightsaber in a grand flourish. Both Fey and Poehler repeatedly stress that they could not be more “excited” for the film’s release – in complete deadpan.
“I am a legend,” says Rudolph. “Sometimes I see my name in crossword puzzle answers.”
Director Jason Moore seems to think so too: “For Halloween, I used to dress up as Maya Rudolph,” he jokes.
Sister tells the story of two very different siblings (Tina Fey, Amy Poehler) who band together to throw a huge party before their family home is sold forever. It’s Moore’s second time behind the camera after 2012’s Pitch Perfect.
Fey and Poehler are encouraging fans to watch both movies over the holiday season, telling fans to tweet the hashtag #YouCanSeeThemBoth.
The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in Australia on December 17 while Sisters hits screens on January 7.
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