Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith – Special Announcement: Episode III Title is pleased to announce that Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith is the full title of the next Star Wars film, scheduled for release on May 19, 2005.

The Sith are masters of the dark side of the Force and the sworn enemies of the Jedi. They were all but exterminated by the Jedi a thousand years ago, but the evil order continued in secrecy. They operated quietly, behind the scenes, acting in pairs – a Master and an Apprentice – patiently biding their time before they could take over the galaxy. In Episode III, they’ll finally exact their revenge on the Jedi.

The title was publicly revealed today in a special presentation to a packed audience of Star Wars fans at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. “For some time now, the naming of a new Star Wars movie has taken on some special meaning among core fans, who love to take part in guessing games before a title is announced, and then engage in debate once it is,” said Steve Sansweet, Director of Content Management and Head of Fan Relations for Lucasfilm. “Let the debates begin.”

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A far better name than “Attack of the Clones,” although not quite as catchy as “The Empire Strikes Back” or even “Return of the Jedi.”

About Episode III
After three long years of relentless fighting, the Clone Wars are nearly at an end. The Jedi Council dispatches Obi-Wan Kenobi to bring General Grievous, the deadly leader of the Separatist droid army, to justice. Meanwhile, back on Coruscant, Chancellor Palpatine has grown in power. His sweeping political changes transform the war-weary Republic into the mighty Galactic Empire. To his closest ally, Anakin Skywalker, he reveals the true nature of power and the promised secrets of the Force in an attempt to lure him to the dark side.

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The Complete Star Wars Saga
Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Episode IV: A New Hope
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi [several hyperlinks omitted]

This will, presumably, be the last Star Wars film, as there have been no announced plans for a sequel to the original trilogy. Frankly, while the prequel has been a special effects delight, the scripts have fallen well short of the original three.

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  1. Brian J. says:

    Where does The Ewok Adventure fit into the chronology?

    To quote the wise and newly bilingual Wickett, “Star cruiser creshed.”

  2. Stephen says:

    I have been following this movie. I am a spoild guy because I know how the movie begins and ends. But I thought that the title Revenge of the Sith would be the title.