Star Wars Day: May the 4th be with you

Celebrate beloved science fiction movie franchise, Star Wars fans will.

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 4:40 a.m.

Star Wars fans across the planet and in galaxies far, far away will celebrate the iconic movie franchise on Sunday. That's because May 4 sounds like a popular expression in the trilogies, “May the force be with you”.

Even NASA echoed the rallying cry of the Star Wars fanbase, with astronaut Rick Mastracchio delivering a “May the fourth” message from the International Space Station above earth. He even got a little help from the droid R2-D2.

The expression “May the fourth be with you” dates back to 1979, when Margaret Thatcher was elected as Britain’s first female prime minister, according to the official Star Wars website. Her party took out advertising space in the London Evening News and printed the phrase, referring to her day of victory.

However, May is more than just a pun for Star Wars fans. The six live-action movies were all released in May, beginning with the original Star Wars on May 25, 1977. Even Star Wars writer and director George Lucas was born on May 14, 1944.

It has been nine years since the most recent live-action movie, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, was released in cinemas. However, Disney recently announced the cast for a new Star Wars film and it even has an Indiana connection.

This year’s celebrations are especially exciting for local fans because Mishawaka’s own Adam Driver will be starring in the upcoming live-action movie. Driver, who stars as Lena Dunham’s love interest in the HBO series Girls, grew up in northern Indiana and graduated from Mishawaka High School. Variety reported in February that Driver may be playing a villain that will follow in the footsteps of the trilogies’ iconic Sith Lord, Darth Vader.

There are few details about the upcoming sequel’s story, but the actors from the original Star Wars trilogy will be reprising their roles as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa. A photograph published on Disney’s website shows actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and actress Carrie Fisher sitting in a circle with director J.J. Abrams and other new cast members in the Star Wars’ movie franchise. Even Peter Mayhew, who plays the towering Chewbacca, will reprise his role as the popular wookie.

Amazon and the Google Play Store are celebrating Star Wars Day by offering discounts for Star Wars products, such as movies, comic books and model lightsabers. The official Star Wars website also has links to different deals and discounts around the web.

If you really want to show your friends how much of a Star Wars fan you are, consider the Tauntaun sleeping bag that comes with a plush lightsaber zipper pull.

If these are not the prices you are looking for, you can always share the Star Wars Day cheer by sending Hallmark’s free "Happy Star Wars Day" e-card to a friend.

There are many ways to celebrate Star Wars Day, but the best way to celebrate "May the fourth" would be to watch the trilogies all over again. That’s what started the world’s fascination with the Jedi and Sith and the light side and the dark side. So make like the Millennium Falcon on the Kessel Run and fall in love with the movies all over again.

May the fourth be with you.

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