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Darth Vader announces he is running for president of Ukraine

Darth Vader announces he is running for president of Ukraine

March 31 (UPI) -- Darth Vader of "Star Wars" will be running for president of Ukraine on the Ukrainian Internet Party ticket.
Evan Bleier
Lupita Nyong'o reportedly in talks for 'Star Wars' lead

Lupita Nyong'o reportedly in talks for 'Star Wars' lead

March 16 (UPI) -- Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o has supposedly met with "Episode VII" director J.J. Abrams.
Kate Stanton
'Girls' star Adam Driver rumored to be next 'Star Wars' villain

'Girls' star Adam Driver rumored to be next 'Star Wars' villain

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- "Girls" star Adam Driver seems poised to take on new 'Star Wars' role.
Annie Martin
Man smashes LAPD police cruiser in front of news crew

Man smashes LAPD police cruiser in front of news crew

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A man bashed in the windows of an LAPD black and white and stole its laptop in broad daylight on the Walk of Fame in front of a local news crew.
Aileen Graef

Darth Vader posts selfie on Instagram

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Hollywood screen villain Darth Vader has posted a self-taken photograph on the official new "Star Wars" Instagram account.
Darth Vader selfie kicks off Star Wars Instagram

Darth Vader selfie kicks off Star Wars Instagram

Dec. 3 (UPI) -- There has been a great disruption in the Force: Darth Vader has joined Instagram.
Gabrielle Levy

Cheney talks up Keystone pipeline in Toronto

TORONTO, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Protesters gathered outside as former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney spoke in Toronto Thursday, calling him a war criminal.

Jon Gnarr, comic turned Reykjavik mayor, won't run again

REYKJAVIK, Iceland, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Jon Gnarr, the Icelandic comedian who ran for mayor of Reykjavik as a joke and got elected, says he will not seek a second term.
'Star Wars Rebels' villain unveiled at New York Comic Con

'Star Wars Rebels' villain unveiled at New York Comic Con

NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Lucasfilm introduced the Inquisitor, a villain in its upcoming "Star Wars Rebels" animated series, at New York Comic Con during the weekend.

Apple previews new computers, software in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, June 10 (UPI) -- In San Francisco Monday, Apple announced a new line of MacBook Airs, an overhaul of the software that runs the iPhone, and a new streaming music service.
'Star Wars' actor Richard LeParmentier dead at 66

'Star Wars' actor Richard LeParmentier dead at 66

AUSTIN, Texas, April 17 (UPI) -- "Star Wars" actor Richard LeParmentier has died in Austin, Texas, his family said. He was 66.

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White House denies Death Star petition

White House denies Death Star petition

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The White House rejected a petition to build a Death Star, saying it would cost $850 quadrillion and the United States "does not support blowing up planets."

Michael Arndt to write 'Star Wars VII'

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- "Toy Story 3" screenwriter Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for the upcoming Episode VII of the "Star Wars" movie franchise, Lucasfilm announced.
'Angry Birds Star Wars' game introduced

'Angry Birds Star Wars' game introduced

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A new version of the "Angry Birds" game is set in the "Star Wars" universe and features the movies' heroes and villains, the game's Finnish developer says.
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Darth Vader (also known as Anakin Skywalker) is a central character in the Star Wars saga, appearing as the chief antagonist in the original trilogy and one of the main protagonists in the prequel films. He is first depicted as Darth Vader, a Dark Lord of the Sith in the first of the three original films. He is then revealed in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and in the subsequent prequel films to be originally a Jedi Knight called Anakin Skywalker who falls to the dark side of the Force; he is also revealed to be the father of both Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa, the two main protagonists of the original trilogy. Luke ultimately redeems his father in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, and Anakin sacrifices himself to save his son.

The character was created by George Lucas and numerous actors have portrayed him. His appearances (in one form or another) span all six Star Wars films, and in the expanded universe of television series, video games, novels, literature and comic books. He has also had an impact on popular culture such as politics and television, being commonly regarded as a synonym of evil. Psychiatrists have even considered him as a useful example to explain borderline personality disorder to medical students.

The first draft of Star Wars includes a tall, grim general named Darth Vader; the character came closer in line with his final depiction in the second revision. A character named "Annikin Starkiller" also appears in an early draft of Star Wars, playing a role similar to Luke Skywalker's, as the 16-year-old son of a respected warrior. Vader's mask was originally designed by Ralph McQuarrie as part of Vader's spacesuit, and not intended to be part of the regular costume. After Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was successful, Lucas hired science fiction author Leigh Brackett to write Star Wars II (later retitled Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back) with him. They held story conferences and, by late November 1977, Lucas had produced a handwritten treatment called The Empire Strikes Back. The treatment is very similar to the final film, except that Darth Vader does not reveal he is Luke's father. In the first draft that Brackett would write from this, Luke's father appears as a ghost to instruct Luke. George Lucas was disappointed with the script, but Brackett died of cancer before he could discuss it with her. With no writer available, Lucas had to write his next draft himself. In this draft, he made use of a new plot twist: Darth Vader claiming to be Luke's father. According to Lucas, he found this draft enjoyable to write, as opposed to the year-long struggles writing the first film.

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