George Lucas knew that Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, centered on a younger Vader, was a threat
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Star Wars is one of the most popular movie franchises of all time, with entire generations of moviegoers growing up in the galaxy far, far away. George Lucas changed the film industry forever with the original trilogy, especially in terms of the visual effects and cinematography required to capture the popular space opera. Lucas eventually returned to the director’s chair with the prequels, starting with The Phantom Menace from 1999. Unfortunately, Episode I met with a mixed reaction, even though the filmmaker knew he was taking a risk by focusing on such a young version of Anakin aka Darth Vader concentrated.