The original 1977 "Star Wars" starred Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Harrison Ford as the swashbuckling Han Solo. Almost 40 years later, Disney has announced that an anthology film about Solo's origins -- a solo Han Solo film, so to speak -- is in the works and will be overseen by "Lego Movie" directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. Click through the gallery to see the growth of the "Star Wars" universe.
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Luke attempts to master the lightsaber, from the original "Star Wars." The young Luke was encouraged to "use the Force" to improve his feel with the weapon.
The Jedi Temple was located on the planet Coruscant and served as the training facility for the Jedi Order. It was later destroyed and rebuilt in cycles indicating the changing politics of the universe.
"Star Wars" was a phenomenon upon release in May 1977, with lines around the block (in the days when theaters were largely located on city blocks). Here, people line up in New York to see the film, which soon became the highest-grossing film of all time -- a record it held until "E.T." took its place five years later.
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Much of the original "Star Wars" played like a throwback to old pulp flicks, with Han Solo and Princess Leia providing the witty repartee. Chewbacca the Wookiee and android C-3PO were along for the ride.
Film editor Marcia Lucas with her then-husband, director George Lucas, editing "Star Wars." The film gave George Lucas the power to call shots in Hollywood -- influence he used to do everything from market video games to produce films for one of his heroes, Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.
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Myth scholar Joseph Campbell's book "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" inspired George Lucas in creating the "Star Wars" universe.
Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by Alec Guinness in "Star Wars," was the noble warrior who helped guide young Luke Skywalker.
Darth Vader, the villain of "Star Wars," and Obi-Wan Kenobi battle in the original film. Vader's life is explored in the second "Star Wars" trilogy, starting with 1999's "The Phantom Menace."
Yoda, here seen in "The Empire Strikes Back," is a wise and powerful Jedi Master who takes over Luke Skywalker's training. His voice was provided by Muppet great Frank Oz.