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Hayden Christensen

'Star Wars': A beginner's guide

'Star Wars': A beginner's guide

Many articles about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" seem to be written for fans of the series, or at least for people who have some kind of working knowledge of a galaxy far, far away.

This is not one of those articles.

Considering that the film is expected to smash box office records, it's safe to assume some theatergoers will have little to no knowledge of the six-film saga. Here is a bare-bones guide for people who are interested enough to see the seventh film in the series, but maybe not enough to watch the previous six.

What is "Star Wars" about?

The original trilogy, released between...