May the 4th be with you: Happy Star Wars Day!

People dressed up as characters from the Star Wars movies participate in a tourism event in Tozeur, May 3, 2014. (Reuters)

Star Wars may have made its debut in 1977 but the franchise lives on.

Stars Wars Day, May 4, lets fans all over the world celebrate the franchise by dressing up as their favorite characters, from storm troopers to Yoda, Darth Vadar to Princess Leia.

Star Wars Day is also being commemorated by businesses offering deals – discounts on videos, comics, and other merchandise, from backpacks to Vans sneakers, NPR reported Sunday.

Adding further excitement to this year’s festivities is the anticipation around the continuation of the saga with Star Wars: Episode VII, due out in cinemas December 2015.

The film, directed by J.J. Abrams, will continue the Star Wars saga, taking place 30 years after the events depicted in 1983’s Return of the Jedi.

And an animated series called Star Wars Rebels is due to air this fall.

Those projects are the work of Walt Disney Co., which purchased Star Wars creator George Lucas' company Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in 2012.

Star Wars comes to Abu Dhabi

Walt Disney this week confirmed last month that scenes for the much-anticipated seventh installment of the movie series are being filmed in the UAE capital.

Alan Horn, chairman of the company’s film division, confirmed the Abu Dhabi shoot at an event in New York.

“We have to give it that ‘Star Wars’-ian look,” Horn told Bloomberg. “So we need to go to different places that give us the right look and feel.”

It is believed that Abu Dhabi’s spectacular Western desert will be used as the setting for Tatooine, a desert planet that will feature in the movie.

In earlier Star Wars films, Tunisia has been used as a setting for Tatooine. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, the “political climate in the North African country is currently too dangerous to house a big Hollywood production."
 

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