Magazine article Newsweek

Here's the Story (We Think)

Magazine article Newsweek

Here's the Story (We Think)

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Be warned! What follows are called "spoilers" on the Web-prequel plot points that some fans kill for and others avoid. Our unofficial source: fanboys. See how it all meshes with the originals.

The Phantom Menace

Look, we're not kidding: if you don't want to know what probably happens, don't read this. Still here? OK. An even longer time ago, in a galaxy far, far away: planet Naboo is under attack by the nasty Trade Federation. Two Jedi Knights, Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) head to Naboo to protect embattled Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman). The trio flees Naboo for sand-swept Tatooine. There they meet wunderkind Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), as well as evil Darth Maul (Ray Park), who flashes a bitchin' two-bladed lightsaber that your kids are going to want for Christmas. After a scrap, it's off to Coruscant- the ultraurban galaxy capital and home to the Jedi Council (starring Yoda) and upwardly mobile bad guy Senator Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid). We'll stop there.

Episode II

Details get sketchier from here-George hasn't even finished the script yet. But here's what's likely to happen: it's 10 years later, during the Clone Wars mentioned in the original "Star Wars." Anakin's a moody teen (rumor: Joshua Jackson of moody teen franchise "Dawson's Creek" might play him). He and Amidala are an item, possibly married. Boba Fett (maybe Jet Li, which would rule) will be introduced. That's all so far. Really.

Episode III

"Everything we've been waiting 15 years to see will be in this movie," says JediNet's Carl Cunningham. Like what? Anakin going over to the Dark Side, becoming Darth Vader. Palpatine installing himself as emperor. And the mother of all lightsaber fights: Obi-Wan versus Anakin. Ding! And maybe: James Earl Jones back to do Vader's voice and the birth of Anakin and Amidala's twins: Luke and Leia. …

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