On May 19, the highly anticipated conclusion to George Lucas' epic "Star Wars" saga will debut in theatres. "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith" details the tragic fall of the heroic Anakin Skywalker and his transformation into the wicked Darth Vader.

In the nearly 30 years since the first film hit theatres, "Star Wars" has grown into a global phenomenon. Its blend of mythology, science fiction and adventure has captured the imaginations of millions of fans around the globe.

The series' underlying theme is the struggle over the fate of the Force, the mystic energy that flows through all living things. It is a classic battle between good and evil: The good Jedi, who defend the peaceful light side of the Force, and the evil Sith, who practice the destructive and powerful dark side. The side that wins the battle controls the universe.

In the epic tale, Skywalker is the Jedi's "Chosen One," the person destined to restore balance to the Force. His personal fate determines the fate of the universe.

But who are these Jedi and Sith? How did they come to be? Tying together elements from the popular "Star Wars" movies, comic books, novels and games, this guide will prepare you for "Revenge of the Sith."

May the Force be with you.

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