May the Fourth be with you this festive Star Wars Day. Referencing the popular movie phrase "May the Force be with you," fans have marked May 4th as the de facto day to celebrate the "Star Wars" series. This year, fans will have another reason to celebrate with the release of the new "Star Wars 7" movie on Dec. 18, 2015. But before the next “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” update, here’s some Netflix options to stream now to start your Star Wars Day:
1. “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” TV Series
For fans who wanted more details about the fated Clone Wars, this kid-friendly series filled in the blanks from 2008-2014 and is now entirely available to stream on Netflix. Following the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker (the future Darth Vader) and Skywalker’s new Padawan Ahsoka Tano, the group travels to various new worlds to restore order to the Force.
2. “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Movie
The 2008 made for TV movie kicked off the popular Cartoon Network series for six seasons. Audiences were introduced to the first prominent female jedi, Ahsoka Tano, as she joined Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker to save the Republic. The events pick up shortly after “Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones,” where the clone army is first introduced.
If you’re all caught up on “The Clone Wars,” make sure not to miss the “Star Wars” actors in action:
3. “The Conversation”
Three years before he became the world’s most famous pilot to make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, Harrison Ford appeared in George Lucas’ friend Francis Ford Coppola’s next film, “The Conversation,” with Gene Hackman and Robert Devall. Ford has several films available on Netflix, including a bit in the sensational documentary, “Milius,” about another iconic '70s and '80s filmmaker, John Milius.
4. “The Blues Brothers”
All the sass Carrie Fischer brought to the part of Princess Leia is toned down for a deadpan take as a jilted lover out for deadly revenge in “The Blues Brothers.” She holds her own against the comedic antics of John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd as their wayward characters, Jake and Elwood Blues. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
5. “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat”
While Fischer and Ford found work in front of the camera, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) found his way to a popular following through his voice work for the Joker in the animated “Batman” series. Hamill also lent his voice to Marvel animated series like “The Incredible Hulk,” “Spider-Man” and “The Fantastic Four,” and animated movies like “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
Before Ewan McGregor took the mantle of the revered Obi-Wan Kenobi in the “Star Wars” prequels, he was a foulmouthed bloke in Danny Boyle’s “Trainspotting.” McGregor plays a former heroin addict looking to kick the habit but can’t quite escape it because of his friends’ bad influences.
7. “Half of a Yellow Sun”
One of the new actors to the “Star Wars” saga, John Boyega, burst onto the scene in 2011’s indie alien invasion movie, “Attack the Block.” In a big change of pace, “Half of a Yellow Sun” is a melodrama set in the Nigerian Civil War sees Boyega flex his acting chops in an emotional story penned by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose and Chiwetel Ejiofor co-star.
8. “The Two Faces of January”
Another new addition to “Star Wars” is former “Drive” and “Inside Llewyn Davis” star Oscar Isaac. In this film co-starring Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen, Isaac plays a con artist tour guide in 1960s Greece who stumbles into a dealy trap when he meets a suspicious rich couple.