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Friday, 22 March, 2002, 16:43 GMT
Star Wars fans flock online
Episode One was a big hit three years ago
Episode One was a big hit three years ago
Star Wars fans have been logging on in their thousands to the official website to watch the new trailer for the upcoming film.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones opens in the UK on 16 May and surfers have flocked to the site to catch a clip from the film.

Traffic to StarWars.com from people logging on at home jumped 97% to 315,000 during the week ending March 17, according to NetRatings.


Movie trailer distribution has become an online commodity for the entertainment industry

Jarvis Mak, NetRatings

The online trailer was one of the top pages visited, attracting 31% of the site's audience.

The next instalment comes nearly three years after director George Lucas introduced a new generation to his Stars Wars films by taking the story back to the beginning with Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Attack of the Clones will once again star Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala and Samuel L Jackson as Mace Windu.

It will also introduce Hayden Christensen as an older Anakin Skywalker and Dracula star Christopher Lee as Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus.

Big boost

Attack of the Clones will pick up 10 years after The Phantom Menace and tells the story of Anakin's adventures as a full Jedi Knight.

Spider-Man is being released in May
Spider-Man is being released in May
He and Obi-Wan will be charged with the task of protecting Queen Amidala.

SonyPictures.com also benefited from a big boost from new movies.

Its figures rose by 75% from the previous week thanks to new film Resident Evil and the latest trailer for the summer's blockbuster Spider-Man.

NetRatings analyst Jarvis Mak said trailers are becoming increasingly important on the internet.

"Movie trailer distribution has become an online commodity for the entertainment industry," he said.

See also:

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19 Jun 01 | Film
Star Wars set for DVD release
20 Jul 99 | Entertainment
Star Wars sets UK record
03 Apr 01 | TV and Radio
Satellite TV feels force of Star Wars
14 Jul 99 | Star Wars
The Phantom Menace invades the UK
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