Bring in the “Clones” (trailer)

‘Clones’ Clip to Bow at Vegas Confab

Twentieth Century Fox will premiere its much-anticipated trailer for “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” on Tuesday at the annual ShoWest convention of movie theater owners in Las Vegas.

“Clones” producer Rick McCallum will offer a special presentation dissecting digital-production work on the next installment of George Lucas’ renowned sci-fi franchise. While it’s been known McCallum would offer some clips, it was uncertain whether the “Clones” trailer would be ready in time for the trade show.

Fox executives declined comment. But it’s now known the trailer will be premiered during McCallum’s dinner presentation on the show’s first day. ShoWest, set for Las Vegas’ Paris and Bally’s hotels, concludes Thursday with an awards gala to be emceed by comedian Dana Carvey.

Fox will offer the first public showing of the 2-1/2-minute “Clones” trailer on March 10 at 9 p.m. over the Fox network, between episodes of “Malcolm in the Middle” and “The X-Files.” The studio then will attach the trailer to theatrical showings of its upcoming feature toon “Ice Age.”

“Clones,” which premieres nationwide May 16, was shot entirely in digital, using a special Sony 24P digital camera.