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May the polls be with you

Last week, amid the down-to-the-wire politicking and the shocking natural disasters, came a pressing piece of cultural news: Disney is acquiring Lucasfilm and making plans to release more “Star Wars” movies. This has horrified some rabid “Star Wars” fans, who worry that their beloved franchise will get overrun by princesses, or that the characters in future sci-fi flicks will suddenly break out in song. (One word for you on that: Ewoks.)

But really, there should be no trouble finding workable material; “Star Wars” captures some classic mythological themes and a fair amount of high-tech battles, but it has always been, in part, a political story. And there is plenty of material to mine from the long, long road to election day. Here are some ideas for the future of the franchise:

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