Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace Returning to Theaters for 25th Anniversary

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Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace Returning to Theaters for 25th Anniversary

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is set to make a theatrical comeback for a limited run, hitting screens on May 3, 2024, just in time for this year’s May the Fourth weekend festivities. Accompanying this news is the debut of an exclusive poster for the movie’s return to cinemas, crafted by Matt Ferguson.

The poster offers a glimpse of Padmé (played by Natalie Portman), Qui-Gon Jinn (portrayed by Liam Neeson), and Obi-Wan Kenobi (played by Ewan McGregor), while Darth Maul (Ray Park) looms in the background. Take a look at the poster below.

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As part of the 25th-anniversary celebrations for the Star Wars prequel trilogy, an exciting announcement is set to feature in the upcoming issue of Empire magazine, hitting newsstands on February 15.

The issue will delve deep into the trilogy, commencing with The Phantom Menace, offering fresh insights through exclusive interviews with cast members such as Hayden Christensen, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, and more. Additionally, it will explore pivotal scenes from the prequel trilogy with key crew members who contributed to their creation, including producer Rick McCallum, stunt coordinator Nick Gillard, and concept designer Iain McCaig.

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Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace made its theatrical debut on May 19, 1999. Penned and directed by George Lucas, the film serves as the inaugural installment of the Star Wars saga but is chronologically the fourth film, following the original trilogy.

The prequels revisit the time when Anakin Skywalker, the future Darth Vader, was a young aspirant Jedi (portrayed by Jake Lloyd) with grand ambitions. Concurrently, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, embark on a mission to safeguard Queen Padmé Amidala of Naboo amidst a tumultuous trade dispute, all while contending with the resurgence of the Sith.

Will you be attending this limited theatrical engagement? Share your thoughts on the “prequels” and stay tuned for more Star Wars related updates here at Chip and Company.


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