Today marks 40 years since we were introduced to a story that took place in a galaxy far, far away.
Created and directed by George Lucas, Star Wars opened in theaters on May 25, 1977. The blockbuster space opera was the first that introduced moviegoers to Luke Skywalker, Princes Leia Organa, Hans Solo and villain Darth Vader, portrayed by Mark Hamil, the late Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, David Prowse and James Earl Jones [who voiced Vader], respectively.
The film earned $461 million in the U.S. and $314 million overseas, totaling $775 million, making it the highest grossing movie of all time, until it was surpassed by E.T. the Extra Terrestrial in 1982.
Later subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope, it was the first of many films – both sequels and prequels – to come.
According to many film lists, the original trilogy has been considered to be one of the best trilogies of all time, in addition to having one of the best film scores, which was composed by John Williams.
Happy 40th anniversary Star Wars! May the Force be with you.