13 very basic ‘Star Wars’ things to know if you’ve never seen the movies

So you’ve heard that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming out this week, but you somehow managed to go your whole life without watching any Star Wars movies? We can’t explain the entire saga to you in 2,000 words, but these extremely basic Star Wars details will help you sound less clueless of the ways of the Force: 1. There are three “original” movies which came out before the three “prequel” movies. Rogue One takes place between them. The other new movies take place after them. The first Star Wars (later subtitled A New Hope) made its debut in 1977. Two sequels followed: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). Those three movies, which followed protagonists Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford), are also referred to as Episodes IV, V and VI, respectively. Then there was a 16-year gap before the next Star Wars film, The Phantom Menace (1999), the first of three prequels. Two more films (both depicting events before A New Hope) followed: Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005). The prequels are Episodes I, II and III, and they focus on Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd and then Hayden Christensen), Padmé Amadala (Natalie Portman), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor, who’s also in the original films played by Alec Guinness) and Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson). Chronologically, 2015’s The Force Awakens, aka Episode VII, is set about 30 years after Return of the Jedi. That movie centers on Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and an older Han and Leia. Rogue One immediately precedes the story of A New Hope and mostly focuses on new players including Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). The Last Jedi, also referred to… [Read full story]

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