Star Wars - Wikipedia. Star Wars is an American epicspace opera franchise, centered on a film series created by George Lucas. It depicts the adventures of various characters . It was followed by the similarly successful sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1. Return of the Jedi (1. Star Wars trilogy (Episodes IV.
A prequel trilogy (Episodes I. More recently, a sequel trilogy (Episodes VII. All seven films were nominated for or won Academy Awards, and were commercial successes, with a combined box office revenue of $6. Star Wars also holds a Guinness World Records title for the .
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Many species of alien creatures (often humanoid) are depicted. Robotic droids are also commonplace and are generally built to serve their owners. Space travel is common, and many planets in the galaxy are members of a single galactic government. In the prequel trilogy, this is depicted in the form of the Galactic Republic; at the end of the prequel trilogy and throughout the original trilogy, this government is the Galactic Empire.
Preceding and during the sequel trilogy, this government is the New Republic. One of the prominent elements of Star Wars is .
It is described in the first produced film as . While the Force can be used for good, known as the light side, it also has a dark side that, when pursued, imbues users with hatred, aggression, and malevolence. The seven films feature the Jedi, who adhere to the light side of the Force to serve as peacekeepers and guardians, and the Sith, who use the dark side of the Force for evil in an attempt to destroy the Jedi Order and the Republic and rule the galaxy for themselves. Theatrical films. The first film in the series, Star Wars, was released on May 2. This was followed by two sequels: The Empire Strikes Back, released on May 2. Return of the Jedi, released on May 2.
The opening crawl of the sequels disclosed that they were numbered as . Though the first film in the series was simply titled Star Wars, with its 1. Episode IV: A New Hope added to remain consistent with its sequel, and to establish it as the middle chapter of a continuing saga. The re- release featured alterations to the three films, primarily motivated by the improvement of CGI and other special effects technologies, which allowed visuals that were not possible to achieve at the time of the original filmmaking. Lucas continued to make changes to the films for subsequent releases, such as the first ever DVD release of the original trilogy on September 2. Blu- ray release of all six films on September 1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released on December 1.
On September 1. 4, 2. Turner acquired the broadcast rights to the eleven Star Wars movies. Palpatine's Sith apprentice Darth Vader captures Princess Leia, a member of the rebellion who has stolen the plans to the Death Star and hidden them in the astromech droid R2- D2. R2, along with his protocol droid counterpart C- 3. PO, escapes to the desert planet Tatooine.
There, the droids are purchased by farm boy Luke Skywalker and his step- uncle and aunt. While Luke is cleaning R2, he accidentally triggers a message put into the droid by Leia, who asks for assistance from the legendary Jedi Knight Obi- Wan Kenobi. Luke later assists the droids in finding the exiled Jedi, who is now passing as an old hermit under the alias Ben Kenobi. When Luke asks about his father, whom he has never met, Obi- Wan tells him that Anakin Skywalker was a great Jedi who was betrayed and murdered by Vader. Once on board the space station, Luke and Han rescue Leia while Obi- Wan allows himself to be killed during a lightsaber duel with Vader; his sacrifice allows the group to escape with the plans that help the Rebels destroy the Death Star.
Luke himself, guided by the Force, fires the shot that destroys the deadly space station during the Battle of Yavin. However, Luke's training is interrupted when Vader lures him into a trap by capturing Han and his friends at Cloud City. During a fierce lightsaber duel, Vader reveals that he is Luke's father and attempts to turn him to the dark side of the Force. Before he dies, Yoda confirms that Vader is Luke's father. Moments later, the Force ghost of Obi- Wan tells Luke that he must confront his father once again before he can become a Jedi, and that Leia is his twin sister. As the Rebels attack the second Death Star, Luke engages Vader in another lightsaber duel as the Emperor watches; both Sith Lords intend to turn Luke to the dark side and take him as their apprentice.
During the duel, Luke succumbs to his anger and brutally overpowers Vader, but controls himself at the last minute; realizing that he is about to suffer his father's fate, he spares Vader's life and proudly declares his allegiance to the Jedi. An enraged Palpatine then attempts to kill Luke with Force lightning, a sight that moves Vader to turn and kill the Emperor, suffering mortal wounds in the process. After thanking Luke for bringing him back to the light side, Anakin Skywalker dies in his son's arms while the Rebels succeed in destroying the second Death Star. The Sith Lord Darth Sidious had secretly planned the blockade to give his alter ego, Senator Palpatine, a pretense to overthrow and replace the Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. At the Chancellor's request, the Jedi Knight Qui- Gon Jinn and his apprentice, a younger Obi- Wan Kenobi, are sent to Naboo to negotiate with the Federation. However, the two Jedi are forced to instead help the Queen of Naboo, Padm. When their starship is damaged during the escape, they land on Tatooine for repairs, where Qui- Gon discovers a nine- year- old Anakin Skywalker.
Qui- Gon comes to believe that Anakin is the . The Jedi Council, led by Yoda, suspects Anakin possesses too much fear and anger within him, but reluctantly allows Obi- Wan to train the boy after Qui- Gon is killed by Palpatine's first apprentice, Darth Maul, during the Battle of Naboo. Anakin has a prophetic vision of Padm. Desperate, Anakin submits to Palpatine's Sith teachings and is renamed Darth Vader. While Palpatine re- organizes the Republic into the tyrannical Empire, Vader participates in the extermination of the Jedi Order, culminating in a lightsaber duel between himself and Obi- Wan on the volcanic planet Mustafar.
Obi- Wan defeats his former apprentice and friend, severing his limbs and leaving him to burn to death on the shores of a lava flow. Palpatine arrives shortly afterward and saves Vader by placing him into a mechanical black mask and suit of armor that serves as a permanent life support system. At the same time, Padm. Obi- Wan and Yoda, now the only remaining Jedi alive, agree to separate the twins and keep them hidden from both Vader and the Emperor; until the time comes when Anakin's children can be used to help overthrow the Empire. The First Order has risen from the fallen Empire and seeks to destroy Luke and the New Republic, while the Resistance, a small force backed by the Republic and led by the former princess of Alderaan, General Leia Organa, opposes them. On the planet Jakku, Resistance pilot Poe Dameron obtains a map that leads to Luke's location. Stormtroopers under the command of Kylo Ren, the son of Han Solo and Leia, capture Poe.
His droid BB- 8 escapes with the map and encounters a scavenger, Rey. Ren tortures Poe and learns of BB- 8. Stormtrooper FN- 2. First Order, and he frees Poe. The two escape in a TIE fighter; Poe dubs FN- 2.
They crash on Jakku, and Poe appears to die in the process. Finn encounters Rey and BB- 8, but the First Order locates them, so they escape the planet in a stolen ship: the Millennium Falcon. After leaving Jakku, the Falcon is recaptured by Han Solo and Chewbacca, who have stepped away from the Resistance and resumed their lives as smugglers. The five companions travel to Takodana to meet with Maz Kanata. While there, Rey finds the lightsaber that previously belonged Anakin and Luke Skywalker, and upon touching it, brushes with the Force. Maz's castle is attacked by the First Order. Finn, Han, and Chewbacca are saved by a group of Resistance pilots led by Poe, who survived the crash on Jakku, but Rey is captured by Ren and taken to Starkiller Base.
After reuniting with Leia and the Resistance on D'Qar, Han, Finn, and Chewbacca travel to Starkiller Base to free Rey and disable the planet's shields, which will allow Resistance pilots to destroy it. Rey is tortured by Ren, but her Force sensitivity allows her to resist him. She escapes by using a Jedi mind trick on her guard and reunites with Han, Finn, and Chewbacca, but the group encounters Ren. Han confronts his son, calling him by his birth name, Ben Solo, and asking him to come home.
Ren momentarily appears to be swayed towards the light side, but then ignites his lightsaber and kills Han. Resistance pilots begin to bombard the base. Finn and Rey escape the base and encounter Ren. Finn takes up Anakin's lightsaber, only to be badly wounded by Ren. Rey Force pulls the lightsaber to her, and fights and wounds Ren, but the two are separated by a rift. Rey, Finn, and Chewbacca escape the imploding planet on the Falcon and return to the Resistance.
A wounded Finn stays on D'Qar, while Rey, Chewbacca, and R2- D2 use the map to find Luke Skywalker on the planet Ahch- To, where Rey presents a silent Luke with his old lightsaber. Production history. Original trilogy. In 1. 97. 1, Universal Studios agreed to make American Graffiti and Star Wars in a two- picture contract, although Star Wars was later rejected in its early concept stages.
American Graffiti was completed in 1. Lucas wrote a short summary called . Frustrated that his story was too difficult to understand, Lucas then began writing a 1. The Star Wars on April 1.
Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress. By 1. 97. 4, he had expanded the treatment into a rough draft screenplay, adding elements such as the Sith, the Death Star, and a protagonist named Annikin Starkiller.
For the second draft, Lucas made heavy simplifications, and introduced the young hero on a farm as Luke Starkiller.