Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

(1977)

Luke Skywalker stays with his foster aunt and uncle on a farm on Tatooine. He is desperate to get off this planet and get to the Academy like his friends, but his uncle needs him for the next harvest. Meanwhile, an evil emperor has taken over the galaxy, and has constructed a formidable "Death Star" capable of destroying whole planets. Princess Leia, a leader in the resistance movement, acquires plans of the Death Star, places them in R2D2, a droid, and sends him off to find Obi-Wan Kenobi. Before he finds him, R2D2 ends up on Skywalkers' farm with his friend C3PO. R2 then wanders into the desert, and when Luke follows, they eventually come across Obi-Wan. Will Luke, Obi-Wan, and the two droids be able to destroy the Death Star, or will the Emperor rule forever?

Chewbacca Medal Debate Finally Answered in New ‘Star Wars’ Comic

Chewbacca Medal Debate Finally Answered in New ‘Star Wars’ Comic

Why didn't Chewbacca get a medal at the end of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope? That is a question fans have been asking for the past 38 years, ever since the original 1977 release of the first movie. During the iconic medal ceremony on Yavin IV, which celebrated the heroism of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker during the raid, and ultimate destruction of the Death Star, both humans were given a gold medal of bravery by none other than Princess Leia. Chewbacca had to stand on the sidelines and yell out his disappointment just before credits rolled. He was left empty handed. Now, a new comic book has our real, true, canon specific answer to what actually happened.

The medal debate has raged for years. The truth is, Chewbacca was given a medal to call his own. He just didn't want to wear it. This idea is presented in the new Chewbacca comic book series, issue #5. io9 has an official review of the comic book, which they have shared. There are some spoilers ahead for Chewbacca #5, so read on at your own risk!

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George Lucas Wanted This Legendary Actor as Obi-Wan Kenobi

George Lucas Wanted This Legendary Actor as Obi-Wan Kenobi

The story of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope was largely inspired by Akira Kurosawa's 1960 classic The Hidden Fortress, which starred Toshirô Mifune. The story centers on a princess and a general who are being lead through enemy territory by two peasants, who don't know their true identities. The princess hopes to use the gold in her caravan to rebuild her empire, with the help of these two unwitting men.

If Toshirô Mifune had been brought on board as the now-iconic Obi-Wan Kenobi or Darth Vader , the film's lightsaber fights may have taken on an entirely different look, but we'll never know for sure. While Darth Vader's physical presence and fighting style may have been significantly different had Toshirô Mifune played the villain, the iconic voice provided by James Earl Jones would have certainly remained the same. It's still an intriguing tidbit to ponder, though, as we get ready for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to hit theaters.

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Why Does This ‘Star Wars’ T-Shirt Have Fans So Mad?

Why Does This ‘Star Wars’ T-Shirt Have Fans So Mad?

George Lucas is notorious for tinkering with, and changing his Star Wars movies. And most of the time, not for the better. Now, the merchandizing side of things is getting in on the game, and fans don't like it one bit. Some might call Star Wars history sacred. But those people obviously don't work for the company manufacturing Target's novelty T-shirt line. There is a new boys T-shirt hanging on store racks, and it makes a significant change to a key scene early on in the first movie, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Let's just say it has caused a major disturbance in The Force.

Twitter user @G33KDad first brought the T-Shirt to the Internet's attention late Thursday. The front of this cotton-poly blend T-shirt being sold at Target features an image of Darth Vader flanked by Stormtroopers. He is seen sternly pointing his finger at Luke Skywalker, with a logo that reads, 'I brought the Dark Side...What did you bring?' Innocent enough. Until you realize the photo has been radically changed and manipulated from the scene in the movie.

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‘Star Wars’ Princess Leia Slave Costume Fetches $96K at Auction

‘Star Wars’ Princess Leia Slave Costume Fetches $96K at Auction

Star Wars fever is running at an all-time high, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving in theaters this Christmas. And while average, everyday fans have to settle for action figures and branded soda cans to celebrate their love for the franchise, the rich actually get to own a piece of Star Wars history. One such lucky fan with a very well-endowed wallet snatched up a piece of memorabilia that may be the most coveted keepsake in the whole galaxy.

Yes, Princess Leia's iconic slave bikini costume from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi went on the auction block this week, and it fetched a pretty penny. Worn by Carrie Fisher in the 1983 trilogy ending sequel, the skimpy metal and clothe bathing suit went for $96,000. It is the same outfit the actress can be seen wearing during the opening Jabba the Hutt barge escape scene, where Leia chocks Jabba to death.

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‘Star Wars’ Original Trilogy Unaltered Blu-rays Coming?

‘Star Wars’ Original Trilogy Unaltered Blu-rays Coming?

Many fans have hoped and dreamed that the 1977 theatrical cut of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope would eventually arrive on Blu-ray alongside the original trilogy sequels Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. It seems we may be closer to that happening if one wily director is to be believed. According to John Landis, good friend of George Lucas and the man behind such classics as Animal House and The Blues Brothers, Disney is gearing up to release the unaltered versions of the first three Star Wars movies very soon.

While many films get a 'director's cut', the case of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and its sequels is out of the norm. Ever since the first film's May, 1977 release, director George Lucas has been tinkering with it. Even during its original theatrical run and subsequent theatrical re-releases in the late 70s and early 80s. But it wasn't until 1997, when the original trilogy got a theatrical Special Edition re-release, that fans lost their minds. At the time, CGI was still in its infancy stages. Despite that, George Lucas decided to go back in and add some much unwanted scenes and computer generalized characters to all three movies.

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‘Star Wars’: Chewbacca Knows Who Shot First

‘Star Wars’: Chewbacca Knows Who Shot First

Original ‘Star Wars’ star Peter Mayhew shares his ‘New Hope’ script pages, finally putting the 'who shot first' debate to rest.
Long Lost ‘Star Wars’ Script Answers 'Who Shot First?'

Long Lost ‘Star Wars’ Script Answers 'Who Shot First?'

Has the long-debated confrontation between Han Solo and Greedo in ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’ finally been put to rest?
‘Star Wars’ Rewrites Han Solo Backstory, Will It Affect the Movies?

‘Star Wars’ Rewrites Han Solo Backstory, Will It Affect the Movies?

The latest issue of Marvel's ‘Star Wars’ comic reveals a huge Han Solo twist that could provide clues to upcoming movies.