Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: … Watch the final trailer for #StarWars: #TheRiseOfSkywalker in theaters December 20. Meanwhile, Rey, a young scavenger, discovers powers that will change her life -- and possibly save the galaxy. [23] In February 2013, Disney CEO Bob Iger made public the development of a Kasdan film[36] and Entertainment Weekly reported that it would focus on Han Solo. After a millennia, an ancient evil returns seeking revenge. [137] The film additionally received two nominations for Outstanding Children's Program and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Special. Stars of the original film and archive footage from the original Star Wars film appeared alongside celebrity guest stars in plot-related skits, musical numbers, and an animated segment, all loosely tied together by the premise of Chewbacca's family waiting for his arrival for the "Life Day" celebration on his home planet, Kashyyyk. The sequel trilogy features Kylo Ren—the son of Leia and Han Solo, nephew of Luke, and grandson of Anakin—who seeks to rule the galaxy with Rey, the last Jedi apprentice of Luke and Leia. [40] Its laser was developed by scientist Galen Erso (played by Mads Mikkelsen) after the Empire forcibly abducted him, separating him from his daughter Jyn. The main Star Wars film series is a trilogy of trilogies; as it neared completion, it was rebranded the "Skywalker saga". In 1984 and 1985, two live-action films featuring the Ewoks were televised in the United States and released theatrically in Europe. Luke Skywalker leads a mission to rescue his friend Han Solo from the clutches of Jabba the Hutt, while the Emperor seeks to destroy the Rebellion once and for all with a second dreaded Death Star. Flash Gordon meets Hidden Fortress meets Dune, 1977’s Star Wars was formed by George Lucas as … Before selling Lucasfilm to Disney, George Lucas had hired Star Wars original trilogy veteran Lawrence Kasdan to write a film about a young Han Solo. The evil Darth Sidious enacts his final plan for unlimited power -- and the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker must choose a side. After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett all over the galaxy. [62] On May 4, it was officially announced that Taika Waititi (who directed the first-season finale of The Mandalorian) will direct a Star Wars film from a screenplay he is co-writing with Krysty Wilson-Cairns.[63]. It's the end of New Hollywood, a throwback to the 1930s… Following an assassination attempt on Senator Padmé Amidala, Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi investigate a mysterious plot that could change the galaxy forever. Photograph: Lucasfilm. Galen secretly sends a defecting Imperial pilot, Bodhi Rook, to deliver a message warning of the weapon's existence and revealing its weakness to his rebel friend Saw Gerrera. Years later, a prequel trilogy was released, consisting of Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), and Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005). There's a lot of things being acknowledged and understood about the greatness of all of those things, but yes, it's an original story and I'm so psyched to do it. [32], Before selling Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, and parallel to his development of a sequel trilogy, George Lucas and original trilogy co-screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan started development on a standalone film about a young Han Solo. [117][118], The franchise has received a total of fifteen Grammy Award nominations, winning six. Rey has found the legendary Luke Skywalker, hoping to be trained in the ways of the Force. Both aired on ABC on the Thanksgiving weekends of 1984 and 1985, respectively,[65] with at least the first also being given a limited international theatrical release. [42] The film's title was revealed to be Rogue One, with Chris Weitz rewriting the script, and Felicity Jones in the starring role. [4][1] It was released beginning with the original trilogy (Episodes IV, V and VI, 1977–1983), followed by the prequel trilogy (Episodes I, II and III, 1999–2005) and the sequel trilogy (Episodes VII, VIII and IX, 2015–2019). Star Wars (original title) Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader. Produced for CBS in 1978, the Star Wars Holiday Special was a two-hour television special, in the format of a variety show. [155][156], An unannounced film centered around the Mos Eisley Spaceport was reportedly put on hold or cancelled in mid-2018,[157][158] leading to rumors of the cancellation or postponement of the anthology series. [138][139], In early 2013, Bob Iger announced the development of a spin-off film written by Simon Kinberg,[140] reported by Entertainment Weekly to focus on bounty hunter Boba Fett during the original trilogy. A powerful enemy returns and Rey must face her destiny. Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Kennedy stated her openness to their returning when their schedules allow. The official site for Star Wars, featuring the latest on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian, as well as Star Wars series, video games, books, and more. ", "The best Star Wars movie is The Ewok Adventure", "Lucasfilm Animation is teaming up with Lucasfilm's visual effects team, Industrial Light & Magic, to develop a special @StarWars adventure film for @DisneyPlus, A Droid Story. From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. [60][b], On September 25, 2019, it was announced that Marvel Cinematic Universe producer Kevin Feige was developing a Star Wars film with Kathleen Kennedy. Taking pity on the kids, a group of native Ewoks led by Wicket decides to help little Cindel Towani and her older brother Mace, rescue their parents. 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[45] Edwards stated, "It comes down to a group of individuals who don't have magical powers that have to somehow bring hope to the galaxy. George Lucas loathed the special and forbade it to be re-aired or released on home video, with the sole exception of the 11-minute animated sequence that featured the first appearance of bounty hunter Boba Fett, which was eventually included as a bonus feature in some of the films' Blu-ray releases.[64]. Storyline. "[52], Rian Johnson, the writer/director of The Last Jedi, is confirmed to write and direct the first film of a new trilogy he was outlining as of early 2019[53][54] and will start working on possibly after completing another film. The original trilogy follows his children, Luke and Leia, as they join the Rebel Alliance and battle Vader and the Galactic Empire. While trying to repair their ship, the castaway family is split, when a giant creature known as the Gorax kidnaps the parents. The combined box office revenue of the films equates to over US$10 billion,[2] and it is currently the second-highest-grossing film franchise. Attack of the Clones (2002) Ten years after defeating Darth Maul (Ray Park) to avenge the slain Qui … The first six films — most notably the original trilogy — have had retroactive changes made after their initial theatrical releases. [153][154] Alden Ehrenreich and Emilia Clarke confirmed that their contracts to play Han Solo and Q'ira extended for additional films, if required. [24] Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that there was "no attempt being made to carry characters (from the standalone films) in and out of the saga episodes. Headlined by Felicity Jones, Rogue One succeeds in … [3] All the major theatrical live-action films were nominated for Academy Awards. ... A Star Wars Story. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. The saga will end, the story lives forever. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. By 2015, Star Wars had been transferred to a 2K scan which can be viewed by appointment. [149] Stephen Daldry was reportedly in early negotiations to co-write and direct the Obi-Wan movie. As Lucas was outlining a trilogy of trilogies, he also imagined making additional movies unrelated to the Skywalker saga. The film grossed over US$500 million worldwide within a week of its release.[47]. [144] In May 2018, it was reported that James Mangold had signed on to write and direct a Fett film, with Kinberg attached as producer and co-writer. The original trilogy was released between 1977 and 1983, the prequel trilogy between 1999 and 2005, and a sequel trilogy between 2015 and 2019. [151], Felicity Jones, who played Jyn Erso in Rogue One, has the option of another Star Wars film in her contract; notwithstanding her character's fate in Rogue One, it has been speculated that she could return in other anthology films. Han and his newfound Wookiee friend Chewbacca resort to a criminal life, mentored by veteran smuggler Beckett. [158] Lucasfilm swiftly denied the rumors as "inaccurate", confirming that multiple unannounced films were in development. [152] In 2018, critics noted that Solo was intentionally left open for sequels. Star Wars. The Empire Strikes Back. "[71], The Star Wars films are the second-highest-grossing film franchise of all time worldwide, behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having grossed over $10 billion at the global box office. [66], In December 2020, A Droid Story, an animated adventure film for Disney+ was announced. "[46] The film was the first to feature characters introduced in animated Star Wars TV series, namely The Clone Wars' Saw Gerrera, portrayed by Forest Whitaker in the film. No Star Wars movie is perfect, but this one comes close. Most Star Wars fans have a pretty clear opinion on which films in the series are the best, but in case there's any argument, we've put together a guide ranking the Star Wars movies … The story follows each generation of the Force-sensitive Skywalker family and their struggle against the evil Sith lord Palpatine (Darth Sidious). [135] The film was additionally nominated for Outstanding Children's Program but lost in this category to an episode of American Playhouse. [162] In January 2020, a film set in the era of The High Republic was rumored to be in development.[163]. Disney announced its upcoming movie slate on Tuesday, stretching out through 2027 and revealing the dates for the next three Star Wars movies. Each episodic film begins with an opening crawl, accompanied by the main Star Wars theme by John Williams, who composes the scores for each film. 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[30][31] The film and series exist in the same level of canon as the episodic and anthology films. Lawrence Kasdan's screenplay gives the original film's paper-thin characters a Shakespearean depth ("I am your father, Luke! "[50] The logo indicates that the film will be set during the New Republic era. [66][67] They are set between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It's just Star Wars. The movie received generally positive reviews, with its performances, action sequences, soundtrack, visual effects and darker tone being praised. Following Disney's acquisition of the franchise, they were excluded from the canon. Animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) Two live-action TV films created in the mid-1980s feature the Ewoks. [58], Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss were to write and produce a trilogy of Star Wars films scheduled to be released in December 2022, 2024, and 2026,[159] which were first announced to be in development in February 2018. This stunning poster of the original Star Wars movie was released in 1977 before the film. [23] The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca (after serving as a double for the character in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi), Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra, and Woody Harrelson as Beckett. [148], In August 2017, it was rumored that films focused on Jabba the Hutt, and Jedi Masters Obi-Wan and Yoda were being considered or were in development. Star Wars Movie Series in Chronological Order. [37] Disney CFO Jay Rasulo has described the standalone films as origin stories. A battle rages between the Sith and Jedi Knights over an ancient artifact that holds consequences for the fate of the galaxy in the past and in the future. 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Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) 1.3. [41] In May 2014, Lucasfilm announced Gareth Edwards as the director of an anthology film, with Gary Whitta writing the first draft for a release on December 16, 2016. The Star Wars universe has expanded a huge amount over the years and has come a long, long way since the release of the first George Lucas film back in 1977. Preceding the airing of the animated TV series in late 2008, the theatrical feature Star Wars: The Clone Wars was compiled from episodes "almost [as] an afterthought. A twist ending acknowledges one of the major story arcs of The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series, while leaving the story open ended for sequels. Since the premiere of the first Star Wars movie ( A New Hope) in 1977, the saga of the Jedi, the Sith, and the Skywalker family have been favorites of movie-goers. Please upgrade your browser to experience the site. The first spin-off film produced was the Star Wars Holiday Special (1978). Not Episode IV, not A New Hope: Star Wars. The Star Wars franchise has spawned multiple live-action and animated films. [66][67] Among other stylistic choices making the film unique from the Star Wars episodes is the inclusion of a narrator. Meanwhile, farm boy Luke Skywalker rises to face his destiny. With the planet-destroying power of the Death Star, the Empire looks to cement its grip on the galaxy. In a story by Lucas and a screenplay by Bob Carrau, the Towani family spaceship shipwrecks on the forest moon of Endor. Along with the original film, its sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and The Return of the Jedi (1983) are considered some of the best movies of all time. The saga begins with Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) and concludes with Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019). Plot Summary | Add Synopsis. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) 2. [a] The first film released, Star Wars (1977), is the fourth film chronologically and was later subtitled Episode IV – A New Hope. The Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars film to make it to theatres. The Star Wars story is a gritty war movie about never giving up despite the insurmountable odds. [24] The first entry, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), tells the story of the rebels who steal the Death Star plans directly before Episode IV. "[129] The Empire Strikes Back was selected in 2010. 'Star Wars: Return of the Jedi' (1983) Let's just put this out there now: Ewoks aren’t that bad. "Star Wars" fans have even more reason to celebrate this May 4, unofficially known as "Star Wars Day." The franchise started with a film trilogy set in medias res—beginning in the middle of the story—which was later expanded to a trilogy of trilogies, better known as the "Skywalker saga". "To Benjamin Burtt, Jr. for the creation of the alien, creature and robot voices featured in "Star Wars. "[28][29] It reveals that Anakin trained an apprentice between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith; the series explains Padawan Ahsoka Tano's absence from the latter film. Without a ship to travel, they hire Lando Calrissian, the captain and owner of the Millennium Falcon. [134], Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure was one of four films to be juried-awarded Emmys for Outstanding Special Visual Effects at the 37th Primetime Emmy Awards. Thirty years after the Battle of Endor, a new threat has risen in the form of the First Order and the villainous Kylo Ren. There's no denying the greatness of the original "Star … ", "Star Wars: Message Boards: Books, Comics, & Television VIPs", "Are the Ewok Movies As Bad As You Remember? For more details on the reception of each film, see the "Reception" section on each film's article. Why can’t the stormtroopers in Star Wars shoot straight? The main Star Wars film series is a trilogy of trilogies; as it neared completion, it was … As most fans know, the first movie was simply called Star Wars, which is what the Italian translation here would be for the title.The change to be renamed A New Hope happened in 1981 when the movie was re-released to theaters, along with the add on of Episode IV. An animated film, The Clone Wars (2008), was released as a pilot to a TV series of the same name. [136], At the 38th Primetime Emmy Awards, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor and the CBS documentary Dinosaur! … After the conclusion of his then six-episode saga in 2005, Lucas returned to spin-offs in the form of television series.