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Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise consisting of a film series and other media created by George Lucas. The film series has spawned a media franchise outside the film series called the Star Wars expanded universe including books, television series, computer and video games, and comic books. These supplements to the film trilogies have resulted in significant development of the series' fictional universe, these media kept the franchise active in the interim between the film trilogies. The franchise portrays a universe which is in a galaxy that is described as far, far away, it commonly portrays Jedi as a representation of good, in conflict with the Sith, their evil counterpart. Their weapon of choice, the lightsaber, is commonly recognized in popular culture, the fictional universe also contains many themes, especially influences of philosophy and religion.

The first film in the series was originally released on May 25, 1977, under the title Star Wars, by 20th Century Fox, and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, followed by two sequels, released at three-year intervals. Sixteen years after the release of the trilogy's final film, the first in a new prequel trilogy of films was released, the three prequel films were also released at three-year intervals, with the final film of that particular series released on May 19, 2005. In October 2012, The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and announced that it would produce three new films, with the first film Star Wars Episode VII planned for release in 2015. 20th Century Fox still retains the distribution rights to the first two Star Wars trilogies, owning permanent rights for the original film Episode IV: A New Hope, while holding the rights to Episodes I-III, V and VI until May 2020.

Reactions to the original trilogy were mostly positive, with the last film being considered the weakest, while the prequel trilogy received a more mixed reaction, with most of the praise being for the final movie, according to most review aggregator websites. All six of the main films in the series were also nominated for or won Academy Awards.

All of the main films have been box office successes, with the overall box office revenue generated by the Star Wars films (including the theatrical Star Wars: The Clone Wars) totalling $4.49 billion, making it the fifth-highest-grossing film series. The success has also led to multiple re-releases in theaters for the series.

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Sam Witwer provides both the voice and the likeness for the character of Starkiller.
Starkiller is the main anti-hero protagonist of the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed project, who first appeared in the game Soulcalibur IV. He is voiced by Sam Witwer (pictured), who also gave his likeness to the character, after Darth Vader kills Galen's father, he is raised by Vader and is made his secret apprentice, under the name "Starkiller". He is potent with using the Force for destructive purposes, with Witwer describing him as less of an assassin and more of a "Force wrecking ball", the character's name is taken from Star Wars creator George Lucas' working name for Luke Skywalker, "Annikin Starkiller"; the character is designed to be a "photo-negative" of Skywalker. Witwer described the character as being extremely competent, aggressive and unsubtle, but having an innocent side to him, stating that his growth had been stunted by being raised by Vader, meaning there are many parts of the character that are wide-eyed and innocent. Starkiller has been well received by IGN, who called his story arc in The Force Unleashed "nice and complete", as well as by Game Informer, UGO Networks and GameDaily. However, GamesRadar has criticized Starkiller's design; in GameSpot's vote for the greatest video game character of all time Starkiller (as "The Apprentice") was eliminated in round 1 against Niko Bellic, based solely upon his appearance in Soulcalibur IV.


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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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The Dark Side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities that some consider to be…unnatural
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George Walton Lucas, Jr.
B. May 14, 1944

George Lucas is an American film producer, screenwriter, director, and entrepreneur. He founded Lucasfilm Limited and led the company as chairman and chief executive before selling it to The Walt Disney Company on October 30, 2012, he is best known as the creator of the space opera franchise Star Wars and the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones. Lucas is one of the American film industry's most financially successful filmmakers.


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Tusken Raiders are fictional creatures in the Star Wars universe. They are characterized as a nomadic warrior race that lives on the planet Tatooine. Tusken Raiders first appear in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope when a pack of them attack Luke Skywalker in the Jundland Wastes and knock him unconscious. Just as they are about to carry him away, however, Obi-Wan Kenobi frightens them off and rescues Luke, they make a brief cameo in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace taking pot shots at the Pod Race drivers. They make another appearance in the Star Wars universe in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, set 22 years before A New Hope; in this film, they have kidnapped Anakin Skywalker's mother, Shmi, and tortured her for a month. Anakin eventually finds her, but it is too late; she is mortally injured and dies in his arms. Seized by a violent rage, Anakin slaughters the entire tribe, including the women and children.

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