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The 1977 release of Star Wars launched a celebration of imagination that has flourished for a quarter of a century— and counting. Hundreds of millions of people spanning two generations have embraced George Lucas' epic saga of grand design and boundless fun. His evolving space fantasy entertains and inspires as it explores the conflict between good and evil, technology and humanity. The story of the Skywalker family celebrates heroism and the limitless potential of the individual.

The newest chapter in Lucas' saga, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, is set ten years after the events of Episode I The Phantom Menace. The Republic continues to be mired in strife and chaos. A separatist movement encompassing hundreds of planets and powerful corporate alliances poses new threats to the galaxy that even the Jedi cannot stem. These moves, long planned by an as yet unrevealed and powerful force, lead to the beginning of the Clone Wars — and the beginning of the end of the Republic.

To counter this looming menace, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, continuing his consolidation of power, authorizes the creation of a Great Army of the Republic to assist the overwhelmed Jedi.

Against this troubling setting, our familiar heroes Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padme Amidala and Anakin Skywalker are thrown together for the first time since the conflict between the Trade Federation and Padmes home planet, Naboo. Anakin has grown into the accomplished Jedi apprentice of Obi-Wan, who himself has transitioned from student to teacher, while Padme, the former Queen of Naboo, is now a distinguished Senator. Anakin and Obi-Wan are assigned to protect Padme, who is targeted for assassination.

As Obi-Wan investigates the mystery behind the threat on Padme's life, he travels to two disparate worlds on the galaxy's outer rim. There, he encounters a fearsome bounty hunter whose role in the mystery extends far beyond Obi-Wan's initial suspicions. Obi-Wan also crosses paths with a once-revered, but now disillusioned Jedi Master who leads the separatist movement.

With Obi-Wan away on his vital mission, Anakin is left to guard Padme, first on Naboo and then on the young Padawan's home planet of Tatooine, where he makes a fateful discovery. Growing closer, Anakin and Padme find themselves torn between duty and honor and a love that is forbidden. As powerful forces prepare to collide in epic battle, they and Obi-Wan face choices that will impact not only their own fates, but the destiny of the Republic.

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones was written and directed by George Lucas, co-written by Jonathan Hales, produced by Rick McCallum, and stars Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, and Samuel L. Jackson. Additional cast members include Ian McDiarmid, Christopher Lee, Temuera Morrison, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels and Frank Oz.

Attack of the Clones is rich with themes we've come to recognize in all of the Star Wars films: continual discovery, personal aspirations, heroism, duty and honor. EPISODE II of George Lucas' six-chapter epic features passion, love, adventure ... but most of all, fun. Interwoven with these familiar themes is one new to the saga— forbidden love — as well as the notion of Jedi heroism on a scale previously unseen in any Star Wars film: In one sequence, hundreds of Jedi battle powerful and seemingly innumerable forces.

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