Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones is a 2002 science fantasy film directed by George Lucas. It was the fifth film to be released in the Star Wars saga, but it is the second film by chronology of events. Among fans, it is commonly abbreviated as AOTC.
Ten years after the events of The Phantom Menace, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi named Count Dooku, thousands of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. When an assassination attempt is made on Senator Padmé Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, nineteen-year-old Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker is assigned to protect her, while his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi is assigned to investigate the assassination attempt. In the course of his mission, Anakin discovers his forbidden love for Padmé, as well as his own darker side. Soon, Anakin, Padmé, and Obi-Wan Kenobi are drawn into the heart of the Separatist movement, and the beginning of a new threat to the galaxy, the Clone Wars.