In a first for both Hollywood and the Navajo tribe in America, Obi-Wan Kenobi will soon be saying, "May the Force be with you" in the Diné language.
Yes, you heard me right: An innovative educational dubbing project is currently under way to dub “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” into Diné, with a cast of 20 Navajo voice actors and actresses working with the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Ariz.
Think Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Han Solo, C-3PO, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Grand Moff Tarkin all speaking Diné.
According to Manny Wheeler, director of the museum who has been steering the project in co-operation with Lucasfilm for more than three years, the dubbed version is expected to be completed in two months.
"We hope to be finished in July," he told me in a recent email. If all goes...