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Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise, created by George Lucas and centered around a film series that began with the eponymous 1977 movie. The saga quickly became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon.

The first film was followed by two successful sequels, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983); these three films constitute the original Star Wars trilogy. A prequel trilogy was released between 1999 and 2005, albeit to mixed reactions from critics and fans. Finally, a sequel trilogy to conclude the nine-episode saga began in 2015 with The Force Awakens. The first eight films were nominated for Academy Awards (with wins going to the first two released) and were commercially successful, with a combined box office revenue of over US$8.5 billion. Together with the theatrical spin-off films The Clone Wars (2008), Rogue One (2016), and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), Star Wars is the second highest-grossing film series ever.

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James Earl Jones voiced as Darth Vader.
Darth Vader is the central antagonist in George Lucas's first three Star Wars films and Revenge of the Sith, voiced by James Earl Jones (pictured) and portrayed physically by David Prowse with Bob Anderson doubling him in the fight scenes in Empire and Jedi in the original Star Wars trilogy and by Canadian actor Hayden Christensen in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Vader is one of the most iconic villains of all time, and was listed as the third greatest movie villain of all time on a list by AFI. The original trilogy depicts Darth Vader as a fearsome cyborg and Sith Lord who serves at the right hand of Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), leading the brutal Galactic Empire in oppressing the galaxy and hunting down the Rebel Alliance. The prequel trilogy depicts him as Anakin Skywalker, a slave boy who becomes a heroic Jedi Knight and hero of the Clone Wars. He then falls to the "dark side" of the mystical Force after Palpatine manipulates him into betraying the Jedi and destroying the Galactic Republic. In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, the series' final chronological installment, Vader redeems himself by killing Emperor Palpatine and saving his son Luke's life, sacrificing himself in the process.


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A replica stormtrooper costume on display at Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
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The Imperial Stormtroopers are fictional soldiers from George Lucas' Star Wars universe. Stormtroopers are elite soldiers, working as foot-soldiers for the Empire, under the leadership of the evil Sith Lord and Emperor Palpatine and his commanders, most notably Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin. They are shown in collective groups of varying organizational sizes ranging from squads to legions, and for some, their armor and training is modified for special operations and environments.

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Mark Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an USA actor, voice artist, producer, director, and writer. He is best known for his performance as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as his voice role as the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, its various spin-offs, and the video games Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Hamill has also lent his voice to various other villains, such as the Hobgoblin on the 1990s Spider-Man TV series, and anti-heroes in various other animated productions.


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The sarlacc is a fictional creature in George Lucas's science fiction saga Star Wars. It first appeared in the film Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) as a multi-tentacled alien beast whose immense, gaping mouth is lined with several rows of sharp teeth. In the original Return of the Jedi, the sarlacc is simply a barbed hole in the desert sand which characters fall into and are consumed; some are pulled into the sarlacc's mouth by its tentacles. Lucas changed the sarlacc's appearance in the 1997 Special Edition of the film by adding computer-generated tentacles and beak that emerge from the opened mouth. Besides Return of the Jedi, the creature and others like it are featured in Star Wars literature. Like other aspects of Star Wars, the sarlacc became a part of popular culture. The creature was incorporated into the merchandising campaign that accompanied the release of Return of the Jedi. It is the subject of analysis and humor in works of literature unassociated with Star Wars.

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I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
The Clone Wars (2008)
III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Solo (2018)

Rebels (2014)
Rogue One (2016)
IV: A New Hope (1977)
V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)

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