Still to this day, Star Wars is one of the most successful and popular movie franchises with a total gross of over $10.3 billion USD. From its success, the franchise has grown into other arenas including television, video games, toys and even select apparel. Now the movie that started it all, Star Wars: Episode 1 – the Phantom Menace is returning to theaters.
The movie's theater returns sees the celebration of its 25 anniversary – as it was released on May 19, 1999. Written and directed by renowned cinema figure George Lucas, Episode 1 grossed over $1 billion dollars at the global box office, which would still be a marvelous and above-average feat by today's standards.
Additionally, the movie was complete with names like Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn, Natalie Portman as Padmé Amidala, Jake Lloyd as Darth Vader, Ian McDiarmid as Sheev Palpatine and more. Known for its visual effects and captivating original storyline, Star Wars: Episode 1 – the Phantom Menace remains a cinematic marvel.
Just last month, the official final season trailer was revealed for the Disney+ originals series, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, which is arriving with a three-episode debut. Star Wars: Episode 1 – the Phantom Menace is set to return to theaters on May 3, 2024.