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The next 'Star Wars' movie: This summer's 'Clone Wars'

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Clonewars_lYes, Virginia, there will be a seventh Star Wars movie in theaters this summer. Call it Star Wars: Episode 2 1/2. Actually, it’s called Star Wars: The Clone Wars (opens Aug. 15), and it’s a feature length animated prologue to the all-CGI series coming this fall on Cartoon Network and TNT. USA Today has some first-look photos and info, and starwars.com has a promotional video with lots of footage. Most interesting addition to the saga, which fills in the plot gaps between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, is that Anakin Skywalker has his own padawan, a young apprentice Jedi named Ahsoka who’s a girl. (A girl who wields a mean, green lightsaber, not a “Hold me like you did by the lake on Naboo” girl.) Alas, Anakin himself still seems kinda two-dimensional, though this time he’s got a really good excuse. And the animation looks pretty cool.

Show of hands: Who’s psyched? Who’s disappointed? Who’s yawning?