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Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 American epic space-opera film written and directed by George Lucas, produced by Lucasfilm, distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and stars Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Lee Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, and Frank Oz. It is the first installment in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and begins the "Skywalker saga", though it was the fourth film to be produced chronologically, as well as the first original film distributed by Disney, (though Disney did distribute the 1997 Special Edition releases of the original trilogy). The Phantom Menace is set 30 years before the original film and follows Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi as he protects Queen Amidala in hopes of securing a peaceful end to an interplanetary trade dispute. Joined by Anakin Skywalker—a young slave with unusually strong natural powers of the Force—they simultaneously contend with the mysterious return of the Sith.


  • Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn, a Jedi Master and master of Obi-Wan Kenobi, considered a maverick for his lack of adherence to Jedi dogma
  • Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, a reckless Jedi Knight, Padawan to Qui-Gon Jinn, and guardian of Queen Amidala
  • Christopher Lee as Count Dooku/Darth Maul, Sith Lord apprentice to Darth Sidious, leader of the Separatists
  • Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker, a force sensitive slave living on Tattooine
  • Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala, a teenaged Queen of Naboo crowned shortly after the assassination of her parents
  • Ian McDiarmid as Senator Palpatine, the sleazy advisor to young Queen Amidala
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu, Jedi Grandmaster and leader of the Jedi Council
  • Frank Oz as Yoda, Jedi Master and teacher of all Jedi padawans
  • Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks, alien pilot caught up in the Naboo blockade and inadvertently drawn into the plot