Who doesn't like surprises? George Lucas made a surprise visit to ShoWest in Las Vegas on Thursday, according to Variety, to sell theater owners on his upcoming animated feature Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which Warner Bros. releases Aug. 15.

"I think it can live up to the live-action movies," Lucas said before rolling a clip of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, based on an animated series Lucas is producing for Warner's sister cable net Cartoon Network.

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The film is set on the front lines of an intergalactic struggle between good and evil, and fans young and old will join such favorite characters as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padm&#233 Amidala, along with brand-new heroes like Anakin's padawan learner, Ahsoka. Sinister villains - led by Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous - are poised to rule the galaxy. Stakes are high, and the fate of the "Star Wars" universe rests in the hands of the daring Jedi Knights. Their exploits lead to the action-packed battles and astonishing new revelations that fill Star Wars: The Clone Wars.