Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in 'Star Wars: Episode IV'
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford | Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images

Star Wars is an American film franchise that is set in space. It was created by George Lucas with the debut of the eponymous film in 1977. The franchise now includes movies, series, video games, books, and more.

The original trilogy of the American space opera—Star WarsThe Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi—starred Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, and Anthony Daniels as C-3PO.

In the late ’90s and early 2000s, a prequel trilogy was released to share the origin story of Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker: Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). This trilogy starred Natalie Portman as Padmé Amidala, Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine.

A sequel trilogy—Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017), and Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)—was more recently released starring Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron.


  • Creator: George Lucas
  • Release Date: May 25, 1977 (Star Wars)
  • Value: $70 billion as of 2020
  • Original Trilogy: Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and The Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Prequel Trilogy: Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Sequel Trilogy: Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017), and Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

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