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Find Out About Star Wars Biggest Revelations Regarding The Franchise’s 40th Anniversary

From New Characters To Plot Twists

Star Wars is one of the biggest and coolest franchises in the world. On May 25th, it reached their 40th birthday. The movie was a total game changer for the cinematic world. As a 33-year-old Californian filmmaker named George Walton Lucas Jr. released his third movie. An intergalactic saga, with slight touches of humor and corniness. Introducing new plotlines, special effects, forces of good and evil, universes, hairstyles, pop and cult references, weapons and most importantly the golden bikini.

The story has a special feel, that goes beyond relatable. Since few can identify with the daddy issues Luke has or has gone from a farm to one of the mightiest heroes of the universe. Since it has to be Lucas’ greatest achievement, along with the innovations, as it has stuck through several generations with the same buzz. Due to that the “Star Wars” franchise has been one of the most powerful and lucrative ones of all times. Becoming a standard of its own. The references, quotes, facts, merchandise, video games, comics, spin-offs, parodies, campaigns and so on, are so many that is impossible to mention it all.

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From humble farm origins to universal stars

The movie started with an indie flick budget of just $11 million. The atypical galactic movie opened on Wednesday, May 25th, during 1977. Featuring some newcomers, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Harrison Ford as Han Solo. The space movie, against all odds, cashed $1.6 million on its first weekend, thanks to the buzz of the mouth-to-mouth advertisement. Granting it crowds lining up to see it, growing exponentially.

The premiere was at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, where it played to sold-out audiences five times a day for over a year. According to resident historian Levi Tinker, the crowds literally wore out the hand-woven Chinese carpet in the lobby. Its first theatrical run ended grossing $221.3 million, gaining more than twice that amount in the years to come. All thanks to various reissues by 20th Century Fox. Then two equally successful sequels came, “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Return of the Jedi” (1983), endorsing more than $450 million each worldwide. Many years after that came the Lucas-directed “prequel-trilogy” of 1999-2005, beginning with “The Phantom Menace”. Along with many comics and cartoons that tied knots between and around movies.

George Lucas power

The 73-year-old filmmaker, who had struck a deal with Fox to keep 40% of the gross from the franchise, was sharp enough to sell Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012 for a filthy amount $4 billion. Not only taking the cash but also ensuring his creations live and are strongly backed up forever. Disney gave a new air, accompanied with new movies, to “Star Wars,” as they announced a sequel trilogy, “The Force Awakens” (2015) and “The Last Jedi” (2017), and some spin-off films,”Rogue One” (2016). Making already added $3 billion with its first two movies.

Supposedly the saga will end on 2020 with the final installment. But this is something unlikely to happen due to the power and influence of the beloved franchise. As Jeff Bock, of Exhibitor Relations, said. “Like the universe itself, ‘Star Wars’ will just keep expanding into the infinite. Literally, there is no end in sight for this franchise”.

The convention

This year to honor its birthday there was the Star Wars Celebration convention, in Orlando, FL. Treating the fans of the galaxy far, far away saga with tons of extravaganzas and features for them to enjoy for four days. Include cosplay, screenings, releases, tributes, games and major details of the upcoming future of the Star Wars franchise. Shawn Robbins, chief analyst for BoxOffice.com, said to define Star Wars. “Four decades of record-breaking, genre-defining entertainment across film, television, video games, toys, books and everything else the brand has touched simply speaks for itself”.

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Regarding the last Jedi and honoring the 40th anniversary

On Tuesday, Vanity Fair released four amazing magazine covers coming in June for their special Star Wars issue. As it also reveals some details of the plot and the role each character plays in the film. Bock, also thinks that “The Last Jedi” will surely be a box office hit due to the death of Carrie Fisher. Having the same boost experienced that “Fast and Furious 7” and “The Dark Knight Rises” had due to the passing of Paul Walker and Heath Ledger. The Vanity Fair interviews revealed that all characters will be facing demons. According to director and screenwriter Rian Johnson, who admitted to actually wrote down the names of his main characters and asked himself, “What’s the hardest thing they could be faced with?”

For Luke Skywalker it seems it will be an encounter with a miscarried apprentice at the Jedi academy he was running. Also, and something we caught from the previous installment he has exiled himself. “Luke, it transpires, has been living in this village among an indigenous race of caretaker creatures whom Johnson is loath to describe in any more detail, except to say that they are ‘not Ewoks,‘” the story says. Also, Benicio del Toro plays a character of unknown alliances, simply referred as “DJ”. Needless to say, the theories surrounding it are infinite. Who knows probably the rebel apprentice.

New roles in the new franchise

One of the biggest new roles will be Rose Tico, played by Kelly Marie Tran. Who is described as “a maintenance worker for the Resistance”. According to John Boyega (Finn), both rebels go on a key mission behind enemy lines, that will play a major part in the plot. Another newcomer to the franchise, Laura Dern will be playing Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. Being the only reference of the character as a “prominent officer in the Resistance”.

But new characters are not the only thing the movie will offer. The cast will be going to new fancier places. Since one of the new destinations in “Last Jedi” is casino city Canto Bight. Where Rose and Finn will head at one point. Johnson describes it as “a Star Wars Monte Carlo-type environment”. The Vanity Fair issue makes all the fans miss Fisher even more. Revealing that she the entire Episode IX would have practically been set around her.

Source: ibtimes.co.in

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