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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace will hit theaters again in May

A poster for Star Wars Episode I depicts Qui-Gonn and Obi-wan with their lightsabers beneath Queen Amidala, with the upper part of Darth Maul looming behind them all. Below, Anakin’s shadow walks toward the setting suns of Tatooine.
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Pod races, trade negotiations, and Darth Maul will be on the big screen once more when Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace comes back to theaters on May 3rd, 2024. The return is meant to celebrate the 1999 movie’s 25th anniversary, reports Empire.

The return to theaters comes during a renaissance for this part of the long-running franchise. In the last few years, Disney has given the prequel era the nod with series like Ahsoka, Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Bad Batch. Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in the second and third movies, told Empire in an interview that his experience with Star Wars has been “a very heartwarming one,” and that the response to them today “feels like vindication for the work we did.”

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