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Star Wars: Episode 1 — the Phantom Menace' is Set for 25th Anniversary Re-Release

LOS ANGELES – George Lucas’ “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” is back. The film is getting a 25th anniversary re-release on May 3 by Disney as part of Star Wars Day on May 4.

As part of the “The Phantom Menace” screenings, fans will get an exclusive look at Disney+/Lucasfilm new series “Star Wars: The Acolyte,” which is set 100 years prior to “Phantom Menace,” which had been the origin story of Anakin Skywalker who later becomes Darth Vader. “The Acolyte” makes its debut June 4 on Disney+.

Chiba, Japan will be the site of the next Star Wars Celebration on April 18-20, 2025.

“Phantom Menace” featured Ewan McGregor as young version of Obi Wan Kenobi, Liam Neeson as his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala, Ian McDiarmid as Senator Palpatine, Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks and Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker.

“Phantom Menace” was released in May 1999 and was well received by audiences, grossing $1 billion at the globally, with $474.5 million in the U.S. alone. At the time, the movie became the highest grossing movie from the Star Wars franchise of all-time.


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