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Lucas attends Clone Wars premiere


George Lucas at Clone Wars Premiere in Los Angeles

Film-maker George Lucas has attended the US premiere of his latest film Star Wars: The Clone Wars in Los Angeles.

It is the first animated Star Wars movie ever made and will be followed by a TV series with the same title, due to be screened in the autumn.

Fans lined Hollywood Boulevard to catch a glimpse of Lucas and some of the actors who have provided the voices of the animation's characters.

The movie opens in North American cinemas and across the UK on 15 August.

Speaking to reporters, Lucas explained how the movie came about.

"When I did the last film, Revenge of the Sith, I lamented over the fact that I couldn't do anything about The Clone Wars because they didn't really have anything to do with Anakin," he said.

"That story is just his story, so I thought it would be great to be able to do something a little more open.

"So at the time we did an animated film while I was working on that film for the Cartoon Network, called Clone Wars, I said, 'You just turned out so well, when I get done with the feature film, I'm going to go back and do a real animated series'," added the film-maker.

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