Star Wars started out as a shot in the dark. Released in 1977, A New Hope
was the fledgling vision of a then 33-year-old George Lucas, whose creation spawned its own studio, Lucasfilm, two trilogies of Star Wars movies
, and an expanded universe of books and comics. Now, Star Wars is its own billion-dollar industry, with new TV series, comics, novels, toys, high end apparel, conventions, theme park attractions
, and Baby Yoda
carrying the galactic tale beyond the big screen. No new films are confirmed for after The Rise of Skywalker
, but Lucasfilm is charging ahead with a second season of The Mandalorian,
a Rogue One
spinoff series, and the feverishly anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor. And while the franchise began as a series of films mostly conceived and made by men, this massive star destroyer of a company is now being piloted by a woman.