Kansas City area movie fans might expect to see a famous face at the movies this weekend.
That’s because Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley, a former Georgia standout, is a die-hard fans of the Star Wars saga, and likely won’t miss the opening weekend for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
In fact, Conley wrote, directed and starred in his own version of the series in 2014, while he was a student at Georgia.
Conley’s film is titled Retribution and is available on YouTube.
Conley was born on a military base in Turkey and grew up in Georgia and California. He played for the Bulldogs from 2011-14 and was a third-round pick in 2015 by the Chiefs. As a rookie, he had 17 catches for 199 yards and a touchdown.
He said he was introduced growing up to the modern prequel trilogy of the films as a child, then went back and watched the original trilogy of 1977-1983 films, which put George Lucas and Star Wars into iconic pop culture status.
Conley developed his fan film while studying in Athens and even thought about auditioning for the starring role of Finn in 2015’s The Force Awakens.
He said NFL teams weren’t too keen on his hobbies and interests outside of football, and he spent a lot of time at the combine convincing teams he was a football player first.
But Conley never turned his back on his passions of Star Wars and film-making.
“That is one of the intriguing things about it — someone with so much power, in many of these instances, has no idea what is going on and has to learn just like everyone else,” Conley told Monday Morning Quarterback.
This year, Conley has 36 catches for 450 yards for coach Andy Reid’s 10-3 Chiefs, which play host to Tennessee on Sunday afternoon.
If you haven’t had a chance to watch Conley’s film, carve out a half hour and check it out here:
Also, here’s a trailer for Rogue One in case you’re into that kind of thing: