Star Wars is an American
epic space opera centered on a film series created by George Lucas.
These media kept the franchise active in the interim between the film trilogies.
It commonly portrays Jedi as a representation of good, in conflict with the Sith, their evil counterpart.
Their weapon of choice, the lightsaber, is commonly recognized in popular culture.
The first film in the series was originally released on May 25, 1977
under the title Star Wars
by 20th Century Fox, and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon,
followed by two sequels, released at three-year intervals.
Sixteen years after the release of the trilogy's final film,
the first in a new prequel trilogy of films was released.