Happy Star Wars Day and May the 4th be with you!
Few movie franchises can claim a whole day celebrating their existence, but then again few movie franchises have spawned as many films, spanned as many decades or amassed as many fans as Star Wars.
the entire month of May holds special resonance with George Lucas’s multibillion-dollar-grossing series: It was way back on May 25, 1977, that the very first Star Wars film, Episode IV: A New Hope, was released. The subsequent films in the original trilogy—Episode V: Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi—were released in May, too, and the tradition continued with the (better forgotten) prequel series released between 1999 and 2005.
It’s partly due to films such as Star Wars (and Jaws) that the month of May has gone on to mark the start of summer blockbuster season—when film studios release their big tentpole movies. (Fun fact: George Lucas’s birthday is May 14, too.)
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