The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) can now add "The Force" to its long list of assets, now that the entertainment company agreed to spend $4.05 billion on Lucasfilm Ltd. and the “Star Wars” franchise.

With the acquisition of Lucasfilm, the owner of all “Star Wars” intellectual property — which includes thousands of characters, games, toys, and a six-film series — Disney is echoing the $4 billion purchase of Marvel Entertainment, which it completed in 2009.

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