Star Wars

Star Wars

Timeline of Star Wars movie

25 May 1977

Release of Original Star Wars

The original Star Wars film, later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, premiered on this date and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, creating a legacy that spans across decades.

21 May 1980

Release of The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back was released and is often considered one of the greatest films of all time. It continued the story of the original film and introduced iconic elements like the character Yoda.

25 May 1983

Release of Return of the Jedi

The original Star Wars trilogy concluded with the release of Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, offering closure to the story of Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance's battle against the Empire.

19 May 1999

Release of The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace marked the start of the prequel trilogy, focusing on the early life of Anakin Skywalker and introducing new elements to the Star Wars lore.

15 August 2008

Release of Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Star Wars: The Clone Wars premiered as a feature film which also served as the introduction to the critically acclaimed animated TV series of the same name, expanding the Star Wars story.

30 October 2012

Acquisition by Disney

The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm, including the rights to the Star Wars franchise, ensuring the development of new films and content within the burgeoning Star Wars universe.

18 December 2015

Release of The Force Awakens

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens was released, directed by J.J. Abrams. It revitalized the franchise, introducing new characters and reacquainting fans with iconic heroes.

16 December 2016

Release of Rogue One

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story marked the first stand-alone film in the Star Wars Anthology series, providing a backstory to the events leading up to the original 1977 film.

09 December 2017

Release of The Last Jedi

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi premiered, continuing the story of the new trilogy while being both praised and controversial for its unique take on the Star Wars saga.

20 December 2019

Release of The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker was released, concluding the Skywalker saga. It sought to wrap up the overarching story of both the original and sequel trilogies.

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