A long time ago (1977, to be precise), in a galaxy far, far away (well, a warehouse in California, with Tunisia doubling for Tatooine), George Lucas, fresh off the back of American Graffiti, set about creating a film franchise that would have an immeasurable impact on cinema: Star Wars.
The saga consists of two trilogies, with the 'original' trio released between 1977 and 1983, and a triptych of prequels following between 1999 and 2005. Though much-maligned by critics, the prequels were an immense box-office success.
When Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4bn in 2012, Kathleen Kennedy (appointed as president of Lucasfilm) announced that Episode VII - the first part in an all-new trilogy - was being prepped for a May 2015 release. Despite that fact that another Star Wars trilogy had been the subject of fan speculation for years, the news sent shockwaves through the film community.
The original trilogy effectively follows the development of Luke Skywalker from callow farmboy to badass Jedi, across Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi.
The prequels chart the rise of Anakin 'Darth Vader' Skywalker from irritating moppet to dark lord par excellence, in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith.
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