Star Wars (1999) Cast Then and Now [23 Years After]

Star Wars (1999) Cast Then and Now [23 Years After]

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Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is a 1999 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the fourth film in the Star Wars film series, the first film of the prequel trilogy and the first chronological chapter of the “Skywalker Saga”.

Upon its release, The Phantom Menace received mixed reviews but was a box office success and broke numerous box office records during its debut. In today’s video, let’s take a look back at the cast of the movie and see how they look like now after 23 years.

Set 32 years before the original trilogy, during the era of the Galactic Republic, the plot follows Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi as they try to protect Queen Padmé Amidala of Naboo in hopes of securing a peaceful end to an interplanetary trade dispute.

Joined by Anakin Skywalker—a young slave with unusually strong natural powers of the Force—they simultaneously contend with the mysterious return of the Sith. The film was produced by Lucasfilm, with 20th Century Fox distributing.

Following the release of Return of the Jedi, talks of a follow-up were proposed, but Lucas was unmotivated to return to the franchise.

During the hiatus, the backstories he created for the characters, particularly Anakin’s own backstory, sparked interest in him to develop a prequel trilogy during the 1990s.

After he determined that computer-generated imagery (CGI) had advanced to the level he wanted for the prequel trilogy’s visual effects, Lucas began writing The Phantom Menace in 1993, and production began in 1994.

Filming started on June 26, 1997—at locations including Leavesden Film Studios and the Tunisian desert—and ended on September 30.

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