Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

“Star Wars: Attack of the Clones” is the second film in the prequel trilogy of the “Star Wars” franchise, directed by George Lucas. It was released in 2002 and continues the story set before the events of the original trilogy. The film explores the rise of the Clone Wars, the manipulation of political events, and the development of Anakin Skywalker’s character, who will eventually become the iconic Darth Vader.

The plot of “Attack of the Clones” is set ten years after the events of “The Phantom Menace.” Anakin Skywalker, now a young Jedi Knight, is assigned to protect Senator Padmé Amidala after an assassination attempt on her life. As they spend time together, a romantic relationship begins to develop, leading to Anakin struggling with his forbidden feelings, which goes against the Jedi Code.

Meanwhile, the Galactic Republic faces increasing turmoil as separatist movements led by Count Dooku, a former Jedi and Sith apprentice, threaten to tear the galaxy apart. Chancellor Palpatine uses these events to consolidate his power and further manipulate the political landscape, inching closer to becoming the Emperor.

The film also introduces the Clone Army, created on the remote planet Kamino, which becomes a crucial element in the ensuing Clone Wars. The grand finale of “Attack of the Clones” features a large-scale battle on the planet Geonosis, where the Republic’s clone troopers, led by Jedi, face off against the droid army of the separatists.

“Attack of the Clones” was met with a mixed reception, with praise for its action sequences, visual effects, and world-building but criticism for its dialogue and romantic subplot between Anakin and Padmé. Despite the divisive response from some fans and critics, the film was a commercial success and remains a significant installment in the “Star Wars” saga.

The film’s exploration of Anakin’s complex character and his struggle with the dark side of the Force foreshadows his transformation into Darth Vader in the subsequent film, “Revenge of the Sith.” Additionally, “Attack of the Clones” deepens the lore of the “Star Wars” universe, expanding on the Clone Wars conflict and the machinations of Emperor Palpatine.

“Star Wars: Attack of the Clones” continues to be an essential part of the “Star Wars” saga, providing essential context for the events leading up to the original trilogy and contributing to the rich lore that has captivated audiences for decades.

Star Wars Attack of the Clones

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  • Type of Movie: Live Action
  • Box Office: $649.4 million
  • Awards: Nominated Academy Award
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  • Ewan McGregor: Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Hayden Christensen: Anakin Skywalker
  • Natalie Portman: Senator Padmé Amidala
  • Ian McDiarmid: Chancellor Palpatine
  • Christopher Lee: Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus
  • Samuel L. Jackson: Mace Windu
  • Temuera Morrison: Jango Fett
  • Frank Oz: the voice of Yoda
  • Anthony Daniels: C-3PO
  • Daniels also plays Dannl Faytonni
  • Kenny Baker: R2-D2
  • Daniel Logan: Boba Fett
  • Leeanna Walsman: Zam Wesell
  • Silas Carson: Nute Gunray and Ki-Adi-Mundi
  • Ahmed Best: Delegate Jar Jar Binks
  • Jimmy Smits: Bail Organa
  • Oliver Ford Davies: Sio Bibble
  • Pernilla August: Shmi Skywalker
  • Joel Edgerton: Owen Lars
  • Bonnie Piesse: Beru Whitesun
  • Andy Secombe: Watto


  • Director: George Lucas
  • Producer: Rick McCallum
  • Screenplay: George Lucas and Jonathan Hales
  • Music: John Williams
  • Cinematography: David Tattersall

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