This 1980 publicity image originally released by Lucasfilm Ltd., Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and the character Yoda appear in this scene from "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back." The Library of Congress announced early Tuesday…
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was 35 years ago Friday that moviegoers were first transported to a galaxy far, far away.
"Star Wars" launched in theaters May 25, 1977, introducing the world to The Force, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Han Solo and a pair of loveable droids named R2-D2 and C-3PO. (The film's subtitle, "A New Hope," was added when it was first re-released in 1981.)
The intergalactic adventure spawned two sequels, 1980's "The Empire Strikes Back" and 1983's "Return of the Jedi," as well as a prequel trilogy that debuted in 1999.
That first film laid the groundwork for a multi-billion-dollar franchise now comprised of comics, games, a TV series and other media used to tell stories set within the universe created by "Star Wars" mastermind George Lucas.
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