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Jan 15, 2017

111 truly awesome facts about the Star Wars movies that any fan will love

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111 awesome Star Wars facts and trivia


There's been seven star wars movies over 30 years and there's been a lot of ideas, stories, characters and actors that have been thrown into the mix.

This has meant there's plenty of facts about the Star Wars movies, both in terms of what can be found in them and the things that happened while they were in production.

And they are awesome.

You could even use this list as the basis for a pub quiz if you wanted - you just need to rephrase them as questions and answers.

Here's 101 of the best facts about Star Wars that we could find.
  1. Princess Leia never actually gets to 'meet' General Obi Wan Kenobi. She sees him from afar when she's escaping the Death Star as Obi-Wan is about to let Darth Vader kill him but that's it. Unless you count Obi-Wan being present for her birth in Revenge of the Sith...then she never met him.
  2. Anthony Daniels, who voiced C3P0 and climbed into the tin suit, is the only actor to appear in all 8 Star Wars films - you have to count The Clone Wars animated film of course! Kenny Baker did not actually film anything for Revenge of the Sith, his parts were a mix of CGI and footage recycled from Attack of the Clones. In The Force Awakens, Artoo was a mix of manual robot and CGI as Baker was too aged to perform. RIP Kenny.
  3. Empire was the first movie to have a number by its title in the opening credits being 'V'. The original Star War was not called A New Hope or Episode 4, this came later. 
  4. As General Kenobi is about to leave to hunt down General Grevious, he shares a nice moment with Anakin which finishes with a very loving, 'Good bye old friend' from Kenobi. This is the last time in the movie the two Jedi converse as friends. A key thing is the lighting - Anakin in the dark and Obi Wan in the light - it is a literal case of foreshadowing what was to come.
  5. Bail Organa and Yoda step into the hallway of Organa's ship and have a nice coversation about being rebels or something in Sith. It's the actual ship that Darth Vader boards to capture Princess Leia Organa in the start of A New Hope.
  6. Darth Vader has his own theme song written by John Williams. Known as the Imperial March it was introduced in the Empire movie and used in Jedi and in the prequels to show when Anakin was turning to the dark side of the Force.
  7. In a New Hope, Leia was kept as Tarkin's prisoner on the Death Star in cell number 2187. This was a deliberate choice as 2187 is the year that the Lucas directed film THX 1138, was set. 
  8. The furry Ewoks were a late addition to the Star Wars mythology in Jedi. Their part in the story was to be played by the Wookiees, but by the time Lucas and his production partners sat down to write Return of The Jedi, they realized that, because Chewbacca could fly the Millennium Falcon, repair the ship and operate pretty much any weapon or machine in the known universe, they'd made the Wookiees too technologically advanced for the plot.
  9. Wedge Antilles really is Obi-Wan Kenobi's Uncle! And he made a cameo appearance in Rogue One.
  10. In Jedi, listen very carefully as Darth Vader picks up the Emperor and throws him down the Death Star shaft. This is the only time the Jedi theme music plays over a shot of Vader, reflecting his return to the light side of the Force. tie fighter story board star wars
  11. It's a myth the Wampa was created to allow for Luke's rearranged face after a car accident. Mark Hamill was injured prior to the filming of The Empire Strikes Back. This is fact though. The myth is that due to his face being rearranged, Lucas had to re-write the Hoth events to include the Wampa attacking Luke to account for his injury. The truth is that no accommodations were made for Hamill’s face. The myth is probably stoked by this moment from Empire that was unused.
  12. After appearing in Jedi, Wedge Antilles becomes the only X-wing pilot character (apart from Luke) who survives all three major battles in the films. Luke of course only two part in two of those battles as a pilot.
  13. On the Hoth planet Rebel base - that dude to which Han Solo retorts, "Then I'll see you in Hell!" just before he heads out to find a certain missing Jedi? That's Cliff Clavin from Cheers AKA John Ratzenberger. These days he does voice acting in most Pixar movies.
  14. Anakin Skywalker really is the ‘Chosen one’. While Yoda and Mace Windu may have thought a mistake had been made in the reading of the prophecy, Anakin was the one who actually killed Sith Lord Palpatine by throwing him down the Death Star’s reactor shaft in Jedi and thus restored balance to the Force.
  15. Harrison Ford famously was never intended to be Han Solo, he was just hanging around after American Graffitti and was helping other actors read their lines as Lucas was in the casting process. Eventually Lucas wised up and realised Harrison already had the part down cold. 
  16. After Padme dies, she is returned to Naboo for burial - her body has been altered to make it appear like she was still pregnant - this is all part of the ruse to kept the existence of Leia and Luke a secret 
  17. The famous reveal of the father and son relationship between Vader and Luke in The Empire Strikes Back is often misquoted as "Luke, I am your father". The line is actually "No, I am your father"
  18. "It's a trap," which is arguably the most famous line in the ROTJ, was, incredibly, not in the screenplay. The line was scripted as "It's a trick!" and was later changed post-filming after a test screening because, let's face it, "it's a trick" just doesn't have the same ring to it. Anyway, Leia said it first in The Empire Strikes Back.
  19. While Return of the Jedi saw Luke return the favour to Vader and cut his arm off, the idea for it actually came from the expanded universe novel, ‘Splinter of the Mind's Eye’. This book was intended to be turned into a sequel to Star Wars but when that movie became so popular, the idea was abandoned. Vader was actually the only Star Wars film character to lose an arm three times! And both his legs as well. Obi Wan Kenobi got 3 of his limbs in Revenge of the Sith!
  20. James Earl Jones is famed for providing the voice for Vader however he didn't do the famous breathing effect. This was done by Ben Burt placing a microphone inside the mouth piece of a breathing apparatus and recording it being used.
  21. Alan Rickman auditioned for the role of Moff Jerjerrod.falcon concept design
  22. George Lucas at one stage considered using the great actor and director Orsen Welles as the voice actor for Darth Vader.
  23. It's a myth that George Lucas had 12 films all mapped out before the first Star Wars was released. That’s the legend but the mythology of it has grown over the years. The nutshell is that Lucas wrote a great deal of material when he was developing his little sci-fi adventure. Based around a so called “Journal of Whills”, Lucas script eventually was cut up and Star Wars as we know it was filmed. It was not until Empire Strikes Back came out that the term Episode 5 was mentioned officially. Lucas’s grand vision was actually pieced together over several years in very broad strokes. The 12 or 9 films as most people know of were never fully scripted but were largely imaginings of Lucas that were eventually firmly realized well after 1977.
  24. In ROTS, a quick character cameo occurs when Vader and the Emperor are standing on the bridge of a Star Destroyer, overlooking the initial construction stage of the Death Star. In a blink an you'll miss it moment, a young Moff Tarkin quietly sidles up to the Sith Lords. Moff Tarkin features heavily in A New Hope, it is he who orders the destruction of the planet Alderaan.
  25. During the opera scene of ROTS, Palpatine tells Anakin about how Darth Plagueis was so powerful he could create life. While it's never made explicit, the film could have been suggesting that Darth Plagueis caused the 'immaculate conception' of Anakin Skywalker. The Expanded Universe novels show that Plagueis certainly was capable of such an amazing act...
  26. Jedi was originally going to be called Revenge of the Jedi until Lucas decided that Jedi do not seek revenge. This was quite late in the production so there was a lot of promotional gear with the title already printed on it. 
  27. Mark Hamill received a black eye when filming the famous 'Dianoga' attack in the Trash Compactor scene from A New Hope which meant he was filmed from one side only for the rest shooting that scene.
  28. Princess Leia was subject to one of the most famous ad libs in cinema history - that being Han Solo's response to her declaration of love - "I know". Harrison Ford apparently made it up at Irvine Kershner's suggestion. Leia got to return the line in Jedi during the Battle of Endor. 
  29. E.T. made a cameo appearance in The Phantom Menace
  30. If you asked the average Star Wars fan what was Leia’s home world, they would be correct in answering the planet Alderraan and they could go to the head of the class. If you asked the most hard core fan, they might also quickly add that Leia and Luke were actually born at a medical facility on Polissa Massa – if you’ve seen Revenge of the Sith you might recall that is where Obi Wan Kenobi took the injured Padme for medical assistance.
  31. Rogue One features blue milk in Saw's cavern.
  32. Darth Vader has only 12 minutes of screen time in A New Hope!facts and trivia about The Empire Strikes Back
  33. The famous reveal of the father and son relationship between Vader and Luke is often misquoted as "Luke, I am your father". The line is actually "No, I am your father".
  34. Hayden Christensen  appeared as the costumed Vader in Revenge of the Sith. He apparently begged Lucas to let him play him.
  35. While Return of the Jedi saw Luke return the favour to Vader and cut his arm off, the idea for it actually came from the expanded universe novel, ‘Splinter of the Mind's Eye’. This book was intended to be turned into a sequel to Star Wars but when that movie became so popular, the idea was abandoned.
  36. Vader was actually the only Star Wars film character to lose an arm three times! And both his legs as well. Obi Wan Kenobi got 3 of his limbs in Revenge of the Sith! (he had the higher ground...).
  37. James Earl Jones is famed for providing the voice for Vader however he didn't do the famous breathing effect. This was done by Ben Burt placing a microphone inside the mouth piece of a breathing apparatus and recording it being used. 
  38. George Lucas at one stage considered using the great Orsen Welles as the voice actor for Darth.
  39. Han Solo grabs Princess Leia’s breasts in the middle of the Battle of Endor. He was perhaps checking she was still wearing this
  40. When Jango Fett gets into his ship after his fight with Obi-Wan in Attack of the Clones, he bangs his head on the open door. This was intentional, and is a reference to a famous goof from the orginal movie where a cloned storm trooper accidentally bangs his head on a door (the clone being the descendant of Jango Fett and having inherited this character trait). luke darth duel story board star wars
  41. Carrie Fisher has spoken many times of her struggles with bipolar disorder. You wouldn't wish this on any anybody. 
  42. Harrison Ford and Fisher had an affair during the film of A New Hope. Ford was married at the time. 
  43. Leia's character has her own musical theme titled "Princess Leia's Theme". It is represented by the musical leitmotif method which is famously used across the films. The piece was composed by John Williams and was used several times. It first appeared in A New Hope, heard when Princess Leia is captured by the evil Sith Lord, Darth Vader. Later, it surfaces as R2-D2 plays her holographic message to Obi-Wan Kenobi. The also theme plays when Kenobi is killed by Vader and it makes an appearance in the credits of the movie. It also is used in the two follow up movies and the Revenge of the Sith prequel when her adoptive father Bail Organa introduces her to her adoptive mother. 
  44. In the original drafts of Star Wars, Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker were definitely different people - it wasn’t until the development of script for The Empire Strikes Back that the two were combined as one character. This means Darth Vader does not mean Dark Father and the name was not a hint as to Luke's parentage.
  45. Lord Vader’s famous leitmotif theme music is known as The Imperial March and was not introduced until Empire Strikes Back.
  46. It's a myth that Splinter of the Mind's Eye was the scripted sequel to A New Hope. The truth is the book ‘Splinter of the Mind’s Eye’ was commissioned by Lucas as a potential sequel to Star Wars. The myth is that the novel was written based off a script written by George Lucas. There was no written script at all - Alan Dean Foster was writing the novelisation of Star Wars and also a second book. He was as simply instructed by Lucas to write the book based off some ideas and film treatments that George threw at him. Lucas could then turn it into a film script down the line, if he so chose. The reality is that when Star Wars 'went global' Lucas changed gears and the sequel script was first drafted by Leigh Bracket, which after her death from cancer, Lucas refined further with help from Lawrence Kasdan.
  47. Boba Fett was first seen in The Empire Strikes Back right? Nope, technically his first appearance was in an animated segment of The Star Wars Holiday Special. It is the only good part of that movie
  48. Bobba also actually made his first public appearance in a Star Wars street parade before either movie!
  49. Frank Oz who is the voice for the most famous little green guy in cinema history, Yoda was also the voice of the Muppet’s Miss Piggy. It was because of his talents that he developed with Jim Henson that saw him get the call up. He also did the puppetry. 
  50. A very early draft of the Emire saw Han Solo going in search of his Father-In-Law, Ovan Marekal, who has political ties with Lord Vader.
  51. In Revenge of the Sith Darth Vader's head was symmetrical for the first time in a Star Wars film. It was developed using precise machinery - the original was hand sculpted and was mildly aspherical!
  52. The classic "The first transport is away!" line from Empire Strikes Back was delivered by Mark Hamill. 
  53. George Lucas took a lot of his inspiration from a film called The Hidden Fortress. It featured a pair of bickering sidekicks who served as comic relief and crucially managed to help keep the plot ticking along. Lucas adopted this concept and applied it to the robots.
  54. C3PO's most famous quote is perhaps "I suggest a new strategy, Artoo: let the Wookie win." which pretty much speaks for itself!
  55. The original drafts for Star Wars show that the Skywalker family was actually called Starkiller. Indeed the drafts featured a General Starkiller and didn’t focus on the young moisture farmer from Tatooine. His son was called Deak. He eventually became Luke.
  56. In ESB's original script treatment Luke Skywalker flies to the 'Bog' Planet where he meets a frog-like Jedi named 'Minch', who teaches him the ways of the force. That's right, Yoda was frog-like and was going to be called Minch. Can you image it, "But Master Minch, you cannot die!" 
  57. A lot of people miss it, thinking the C3PO is totally golden but his right leg is silver from beneath the knee joint. In The Force Awakens he had a red arm for a time but at the end of the movie has gone back to gold.
  58. R2D2 stands at a height of 96cm.
  59. George Lucas made his first Star Wars cameo in Revenge of the Sith. He dressed as a Pantoran senator, Baron Papanoida. You might not have recognised him as he all dressed up in blue body paint! His daughter also cameoed with him at the same time. His son Jedi appears as a padwan Jedi that is killed by the Stormtroopers as he attempts to make contact with Bail Organa. 
  60. The Bantha milk drank by Luke and Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru in A New Hope is blue. trivia about Qui Gon Jinn
  61. Coincidentally or not, the filming code name for Return of the Jedi was Blue Harvest.
  62. Ralph McQuarrie designed C3PO by taking liberty with the Maschinenmensch design from the film Metropolis. Robby the Robot also was an inspiration for the protocol droid aspect.
  63. When Anakin is slaughtering the Tusken Raider in Attack of the Clones, Qui-Gon's voice can be heard in the background. This is no accident as Qui-Gon Jinn's Force-Ghost was trying to stop Anakin's rage, but clearly failed.
  64. The characters of R2 and C3PO were so popular they had their own animated television series for a short time and once appeared in episodes of The Muppets and Sesame Street where R2 oddly appeared to fall in love with a fire hydrant!
  65. The planet name of 'Coruscant' was created by Star Wars author Timothy Zahn for his book Heir to The Empire. George Lucas liked the name and included shots of Coruscant, the Imperial Capital at the end of the Return of the Jedi movie. It then featured in the prequels. The main character Thrawn from those books eventually featured in the third season of Star Wars: Rebels.
  66. R2D2 served several masters - starting with Padme, Anakin, Bail Organa, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker and for a time, Jabba the Hutt... In the expanded universe R2 accompanies the descendants of Skywalker on many adventures.
  67. The two robots are the subject of Obi Wan's most famous quote, "These aren't the droids you're looking for". This line has became a common phrase used to indicate that the issue or matter being discussed is not relevant, often said with a knowing wave of the hand...
  68. Rogue One is the first big screen Star Wars movie that John Williams has not recorded the score for. Michael Giacchino composed the music for Rogue One.
  69. C3P0 has appeared in every Star Wars movie including Rogue One, TFA and the Clone Wars.
  70. It was Donnie Yen's idea for his Rogue One character Chirrut Imwe to be blind. Director Gareth Edwards thought it was cool and ran with it. Yen initially turned down the role when it was first offered to him however when he told his kids about the chance, they were so excited, he changed his mind.
  71. Han Solo’s space ship the Millennium Falcon has a cameo appearance in Revenge of the Sith. It is seen landing on Coruscant.luke emperor force lightning story board star wars
  72. It was Return of the Jedi’s director Richard Marquand who came up with the idea of having Leia turn up to Jabba’s Palace as a disguised bounty hunter. He also suggested that Leia should strangle Jabba the Hutt. 
  73. When Luke claims Chewbacca is a prisoner transfer from cell block. 1138, this is a direct reference to George Lucas’s first film, THX 1138. That film was about a dystopian future where a authoritarian regime was in control – a not to dissimilar state of affairs in Star Wars.
  74. Han Solo’s “I know” line in response to Leia’s declaration of love as adlibbed by Harrison Ford. It’s become an iconic Star Wars quote and is arguably just as popular as Ackbar's "it's a trap".
  75. Speaking of "it's a trap" it is usually ascribed to Ackbar however, Leia called it out first to Luke in Empire Strikes Back on Cloud City.
  76. "I've got a bad feeling about this" or a variation of it is spoken in every movie.
  77. R2D2 is taller than the Ewok 'Wicket' from ROTJ.
  78. Mace Windu is the only Jedi in any film to wield a purple colored lightsaber. Here's some of his quotes from the prequels.
  79. None of the Star Wars films have credits at the beginning of them. This actually became a really big deal and meant Lucas quit various film institutions such as the Director's Guild and Stars Wars films were considered independent movies.
  80. R2D2 and C3PO were snuck into a scene in Indianna Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark as well as JJ Abrams' two Star Trek films.
  81. The Phantom Menace's production sets were built only as high as the tops of the actors' heads and computer graphics filled in the rest. But it was realised that Liam Neeson was so tall that they needed to build things taller and this cost the production another $150,000 in construction costs.
  82. That particular Jedi stands at a tall height of 1.93 meters.emperor story board star wars
  83. Quote said to Jar Jar: "The ability to speak does not make you intelligent. Now get out of here." Many Star Wars fans wish he paid attention. 
  84. Phantom Menace is the only film in the series in which the top-credited actor plays a non-recurring character, and in which the top-credited character dies.
  85. What's in a name? The name "Qui Gon" derives from an ancient Chinese system of alternative medicine called "Qigong". The word "Jinn" refers to the "Djinn" or the so called genies of Arabian myth.
  86. Qui-Gon was actually a padawan of Count Dooku.
  87. E.T. creatures made a cameo appearance in The Phantom Menace
  88. Darth Maul has ten horns on his red head
  89. While Ray Park is famous as playing the Sith Lord, Peter Serafinowicz actually voiced the character. Benicio Del Toro was originally cast to play Darth Maul but he abandoned the role after George Lucas decided to trim Darth Maul's screen time in the film. Benicio del Toro was originally cast but dropped out. He has a part in Star Wars VIII.
  90. Actor Hayden Christiansen played Darth Vader in Revenge of the Sith as opposed to David Prowse who previously did the role. Hayden apparently begged Lucas to let him play him. The suit had to be designed to accommodate his smaller stature than Prowse's. Not that Lucas would have cast Prowse as he appears to have something against him.
  91. The sound of the hovering battle tanks used by the battle droids in The Phantom Menace was created by running an electric razor around a metal salad bowl and then digitally lowering the pitch.
  92. In Attack of the Clones, Jar Jar Binks stands in for Senator Amidala and puts forth the motion that gives Palpatine supreme powers. This means that Jar Jar, one of the most universally hated characters in the Star Wars films is unwittingly responsible for the fall of the Old Republic and the downfall of the Jedi.
  93. Revenge of the Sith featured 4 hands being cut off in the film. Anakin loses one to Obi Wan, Mace Windu loses one to Anakin and Obi-Wan cuts two of General Grievous' hands off.
  94. The sound effect when Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber is kicked down the reactor shaft in the climatic battle with Darth Maul, is the same sound effect heard when Luke Skywalker throws his lightsaber away in Return of the Jedi when he tells the Emperor that he is a Jedi, like his father before him!
  95. In Rogue One the planet Jedha features a place known as the 'Temple of the Whills'. This is a great reference to some obscure Star Wars trivia - The Journal of the Whills was a formal record of history, maintained by a beings known as The Whills. During the original Star Wars writing period, George Lucas had the idea that R2D2 relayed the stories he knew to the Whills so that the Skywalker saga could be recorded for all time.
  96. R2D2 was infamously given the ability to fly in the prequel films which bugged many fans (despite the fun he had on screen). This was rather roughly explained in other fiction that after the Clone Wars the company responsible for the development of his boosters went out of business. When his rocket boosters were damaged they were unable to be repaired.
  97. Every clone trooper in Revenge of the Sith is a creation of CGI. No clone costumes or helmets were manufactured for filming.
  98. The shipping title of Phantom Menace was "The Doll House", Clones was "Cue Ball" and Sith, "The Bridge".
  99. The Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars film to be released on DVD.
  100. When Jango Fett gets into his ship after his fight with Obi-Wan in Attack of the Clones, he bangs his head on the open door. This was intentional, and is a reference to a famous goof from the orginal movie where a cloned storm trooper accidentally bangs his head on a door (the clone being the descendant of Jango Fett and having inherited this character trait).
  101. "Phantom Menace" was the name of a villain in the "Flash Gordon" comics. Which shouldn't surprise too many people as George Lucas has often cited Flash Gordon as one of his inspirations for making the original Star Wars. In the film of Flash Gordon, Max von Sydow played villain, Ming the Merciless. Sydow will now have a role in Episode 7.clone trooper story board star wars
  102. Revenge of the Sith is the only film thus far that does not feature R2D2 in the final shot.
  103. Ewoks were a late addition to the Star Wars mythology. Their part in the story was to be played by the Wookiees, but by the time Lucas and his production partners sat down to write Return of The Jedi, they realized that, because Chewbacca could fly the Millennium Falcon, repair the ship and operate pretty much any weapon or machine in the known universe, they'd made the Wookiees too technologically advanced for the plot.
  104. "It's a trap," which is arguably the most famous line in Return of the Jedi, was, incredibly, not in the screenplay. The line was scripted as "Its a trick!" and was later changed post-filming after a test screening because, let's face it, "it's a trick" just doesn't have the same ring to it.
  105. Admiral Ackbar's backstory is that he was once the slave of Grand Moff Tarkin, as well as his personal pilot.
  106. In the DVD 2004 release of Jedi, Sebastian Shaw (older Anakin Skywalker) is replaced in the celebration scene by Hayden Christensen. A lot of fans were not happy about this.
  107. Darth Vader's funeral pyre scene on Endor was added at the very last moment, long after principle photography and pick-ups had wrapped. The scene was thrown together and shot near the hills of Skywalker Ranch.
  108. It took six people to work the full-sized animatronic of Jabba the Hutt. The frogs he ate were not real.
  109. Jedi was the first Star Wars film to show a light saber combat something other than another light saber. On Jabba's Sail Barge, Luke fights the guards  bearing staffs and blasters. This perhaps a call back to the original movie where Luke wears a blaster helmet and tries to anticipate blast shots from the Remote on the Millennium Falcon. This shows the progress Luke has made as a Jedi Knight.
  110. Speaking of that Remote, it makes a return in The Force Awakens. Finn finds it when he is looking for first aid to help Chewbacca.
  111. A venerable if maverick Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn was a student of the living Force. Unlike other Jedi Masters, who often lose themselves in the meditation of the unifying Force, Qui-Gon Jinn lived for the moment, espousing a philosophy of "feel, don't think -- use your instincts."
  112. Jedi was originally going to be called Revenge of the Jedi until Lucas decided that Jedi do not seek revenge. This was quite late in the production so there was a lot of promotional gear with the title already printed on it.
  113. Craig Daniel, better known as James Bond 007 was the Stormtrooper that freed Rey in The Force Awakens.
Wow, you made it this far! The Force is strong with you.

Have you spotted Wedge Antilles in Rogue One yet?

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That's right, Wedge Antilles has a wee cameo in Rogue One. 

The Rebel pilot whose quote 'look at the size of that thing' is the stuff of Star Wars legend, has a cheeky cameo that's harder to find than the robot Chopper!

So where is he?

It's not where, more of a case of 'hear'.

Wedge's character is famously played by English actor Denis Lawson. However, in the original version of Star Wars, Lawson did not do the voice work for the character, it was done by American David Ankrum.

This is where Rogue One's Supervising Sound Editor Matthew Wood had some fun with the movie. He decided to add a pretty cool Easter egg into the film and he needed David Ankrum to do it...

He asked David to come into the recording studio to some lines to be the announcer for the public addresses system the Rebel's base on Yavin IV.

I don't think I would ever had picked up with cameo Easter Egg unless it was specifically pointed out to me!

It was reasoned by the film's production staff that Wedge Antilles couldn't make a cameo in Rogue One because in ANH when he sees the giant Death Star for the first time he states in amazement the line we mentioned about, 'look at the size of that thing!' If he had taken a part in the the battle over Scarif, he would never had said that line in ANH and thus there would have been a continuity error in the movie.

Thus Wood, wanting to do the Easter egg, had to get Ankrum in for the voice over. 

Extra for Experts:

Rogue One had many other cameo appearances including some familiar pilots...
Here's some trivia about Wedge

Jan 14, 2017

9 great moments Obi-Wan Kenobi had in Star Wars (from our certain point of view)

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Here's some of Obi-Wan's greatest Star Wars moments (from our certain point of view)


Luke Skywalker once referred to Obi-Wan Kenobi was ‘Old Ben’ which belies the truth of the greatness that rests on the shoulders of one of the few Jedi that actually, truly made a difference in the struggle to bring balance to the Force.

Obi-Wan has appeared in every Star Wars movie in some shape or form so he’s had plenty of opportunity to get in on the action. Here’s what are our favourite moments of the character, be they quotes, saber fights or misdirection.

This little one's not worth it


By the time Obi-Wan and Luke visit Mos Eisley's cantina bar, we haven't quite got the measure of Obi-Wan. He's demonstrated some smarts with dealing with the sand people and showed us a Jedi mind trick to great effect. But he's just a creaky old man right?

 Not so young Padawan!

As Ponda Baba and his mate Dr. Evazan try to pick a fight with Luke, Obi-Wan politely intercedes with a friendly, "this little one's not worth it" which brings no result. As Ponda presses further Obi-Wan cuts his arm off with his own lightsaber.

We learn at that moment Obi-Wan was a take no prisoners kind of guy and to be regarded quite seriously.

Fun fact: Empire's assassin droid IG-88 was made from recycled Cantina bar parts!

When he took down General Grievous 


Grevious had been fairly sucessfull in his turn as Supreme Commander of the Droid Army so much so that he was a feared opponent for all those taking part in the Clone Wars. So it would have been hugely pleasing for General Kenobi to beaten him in their fight in Revenge of the Sith. If Jedi were to have feelings, that is.

We think this fight with Grevious was great as it was a battle of wills, featured some bad ass saber movies by Grevious and ending with Kenobi delivering a classic line about guns being "So uncivilized".

When he took down Darth Maul


Admit it, you felt pained when Darth Maul killed Qui-Gon Jin in the Phantom Menace. But you damn well loved it when Obi-Wan did a Force flip, grabbed his saber and split Maul in two. Arguably one of the best sword movements in Star Wars, it was a stand out moment in TPM.

That 'look' he gave Vader just after he saw Luke on the Death Star


As a young child watching Star Wars for the first time, I was slightly confused when Kenobi appeared to give up his fight with Vader when he saw Luke.

Why would you do that?

I was even more surprised when Kenobi's body seemed to have disappeared as if by some magic. Turns out that was the Force, yolo!

As an older child I understood the look that Old Ben had. He knew he was about to become more powerful than Vader could have ever imagined and in doing so he would be able to guide and inspire young Luke. And so he gives Darth Vader this telling look and adds a wry smile to it.

That took balls.

And anyway, like 13 seconds later Obi-Wan is telling Luke to "Run Luke, Run" via the Force...

"Use the Force Luke!"


This was the summation of every part of Obi-Wan in A New Hope. He had taught Luke as much as he could in the short time they had together. In the knowledge he could become a Force ghost to watch over him, he had died in the hope that it (c)would spur Luke on to defeat the Evil Empire.

His guidance at this very moment in the Battle of Yavin directly led to Luke bringing down the Death Star and setting him on a path to assist with Vader's ultimate redemption (though he probably now believed Luke was actually the Chosen One).

When he fought Vader for the second time and left him for dead


Then you are lost! The final saber duel between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader was the culmination of three movies that explained how Darth Vader become Darth Vader. And at the end of the day, one moment of anger and rage and fear lead to Anakin thinking he could best his mentor even though it was clearly explained to him that Obi-Wan had the higher ground.

Obi-Wan had no choice but to defend him self and so cut off Anakin's legs and arm. And then he picked up Little Orphan Annie's saber and walked away leaving him to die.

That was brutal.

"And these blast points, too accurate for sand people. Only imperial storm troopers are so precise"


A classic line that became mocked by many fans for being very incorrect as the original trilogy showed the storm troopers were pretty bad shots.  But at that point in the movie it served a purpose to show how strong willed and evil the Empire was. If you'd managed to live through Order 66 like Obi-Wan had, you could forgive him for thinking about storm trooper precision when being confronted with the Empire for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Anyway's the whole missing their targets thing was all part of the ruse by Tarkin.


When he passes Luke to Aunt Beru at the end of Revenge of the Sith


The passing of the torch in a sense. Kenobi's world had fallen apart, his Jedi life over, his friends all dead. He was going to ‘watch over the boy’ and this moment gave way two the final shot of ROTS, Luke’s two new guardians against the back ground of Tatooine’s two suns setting – echoing the famous scene of Luke doing the same in A New Hope.

Rey! These are your first steps...

We are throwing in Obi-Wan's brief words to Rey during her flashback sequence as it was so unexpected in The Force Awakens. It's great to know someone is looking out for her. This call from the Force echoes prior calls Obi-Wan made to Luke and also how Qui-Gon Gin reached out to Anakin in Attack of the Clones.

When he lied to Luke

We did not know it at the time but when Obi-Wan took Luke to his home on Tatooine, he lied to Luke about the nature of his father's death. Obi-Wan told Luke that his pupil Darth Vader killed his father Anakin. The sequel proved this to be a lie, and the so called Dark Father naming conspiracy began.

For clarity Old Ben did not lie when he said he couldn't recall owning any droids. As he didn't. He never owned R2 nor C3PO.


More things Kenobi:

37 awesome facts and Easter Eggs from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One facts and trivia

Facts and trivia about Rogue One, a truly great Star Wars movie


Here's some facts and trivia about the development, production and detail of Rogue One, the first Star Wars anthology film.
  1. The film's working title was 'Red Cup'. Star Wars films have an odd naming history.
  2. Its place in the Star Wars time line is just before A New Hope. It is also 5 years after the Star Wars Rebels television show.
  3. Visual effects legend John Knoll came up with the story. He pitched it to Kathleen Kennedy and the rest is history.
  4. Doug Chiang is the production designer. His claim to fame is design work on the prequel trilogies.
  5. Garry Whitta wrote the first draft of the screenplay and came up with the film's title. Gary is known for his work on The Book of Eli and After Earth. He actually posted the title of the movie to his Twitter account at one point but no one knew it was the movie!
  6. Whitta also drafted an opening crawl that went unused.
  7. Screenwriter and director Christopher McQuarrie did a two week pass on the script post Whitta's effort. McQuarrie is best known for winning an Oscar for scripting The Usual Suspects and has had a strong career since so his involvement is notable. 
  8. This is the first Star Wars movie where the title of the movie is said. Bodhi Rook says it, confirming the title of the movie is a call sign.
  9. Alan Tudyk plays Enforcer Robot, K-250. He filmed a small cameo as a pilot called Wray Nerely but it was cut out.
  10. It is the first big screen Star Wars movie that John Williams has not recorded the score for. Michael Giacchino composed the music for Rogue One.
  11. The "I don't like you either" guy, Dr. Evazan has a blink and you'll miss him cameo. You'll remember his as they guy giving Luke Skywalker a hard time in the Cantina Bar in ANH, a hard time until Obi-Wan stepped in and sorted things out.
  12. Genevieve O'Reilly reprised her role as Mon Mothma, whom she previously played in Revenge of the Sith.
  13. Jimmy Smits also returns as Leia's father, Bail Organna. He played supporting roles in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith
  14. Anthony Daniels appears in his 9th Star Wars movie - if you count his voice acting work for the cinematic release of The Clone Wars, making him the only actor to appear in all the Star Wars movies. Whike his side kick R2D2 also appears in all the movies, R2 was only played by Kenny Baker in 4 movies - most of the prequels where animated and he was too ill for The Force Awakens.
  15. Character 'Saw Gerrera' originally featured in Star Wars: Clone Wars television show. Gerrera is played by Oscar winner, Forrest Whitaker.
  16. The planet Jedha features a place known as the 'Temple of the Whills'. This is a great reference to some obscure Star Wars trivia - The Journal of the Whills was a formal record of history, maintained by a beings known as The Whills. During the original Star Wars writing period, George Lucas had the idea that R2D2 relayed the stories he knew to the Whills so that the Skywalker saga could be recorded for all time.
  17. Gary Whitta, one of the script writers, filmed a cameo as a Rebel pilot but it never made the final cut. 
  18. Gareth Edwards requested that that extras grow out their sideburns and mustaches to fit into the ‘70s aesthetic of A New Hope. Check out the radio operator on the Rebel Base...
  19. It falls to K-2SO to deliver the line "I've got a bad feeling about this" - be he gets cut off before he can finish the famous quote. This makes it the tenth time the line has been uttered in a Star Wars movie.
  20. It was Donnie Yen's idea for his character Chirrut Imwe to be blind. Director Gareth Edwards thought it was cool and ran with it. Yen initially turned down the role when it was first offered to him however when he told his kids about the chance, they were so excited, he changed his mind.
  21. In Saw Gerrera's cave there are paintings of monsters from director Gareth Edward's prior movies, Monsters and Godzilla.
  22. As Pao sees the approaching AT-ACT on Scarif he let's out a cry of 'Karabast!' - which Rebels fans will know as a saying of characters Zeb and Ezra.
  23. You know that planet Jyn is rescued from as a prisoner? That's called Wobani. Do you think it curious that Wobani is an anagram of Obi-Wan?
  24. Chris Weitz, one of the scriptwriters, said that one of the titles of the movie that was 'kicked around' for Rogue One was 'Dark Times'.
  25. Director Gareth Edwards has a cameo as a Rebel on the Tantive IV. He's the one that frees the ship to allow it to escape Darth Vader. 
  26. Speaking of directors, Episode VIII director Rian Johnson also had a cameo as an operator on the Death Star.
  27. The firing sequence is copied exactly from that of ANH, frame for frame.
  28. Where A New Hope started with Darth Vader in black being surrounded by his white Storm Troopers, Rogue One reverses this with Krennic dressed in white being surrounded by his black Deathtroopers. A continuation of Lucas' Ring Theory perhaps?
  29. The ship known as 'The Ghost' from the television show Rebels makes an appearance in the final Rebel attack. It's the first leap from that show's realm to make into a Star Wars movie.
  30. And to tie into the above, Pablo Hidalgo has confirmed Chopper was in Rogue One - where? He can be briefly found on Yavin base. See the red circle in the image just below.
  31. Did you spot the blue milk in the Erso's family home? That's a nice wee Easter egg referring to Luke having a drink of it back at Uncle Owen and Beru's farm in ANH.
  32. The use of Blue Squadron was a reference to the novelization of Star Wars featuring Blue Squadron instead of Red. This was a choice made by Lucas late in the piece, after the novel was already written by Alan Dean Foster. Foster when on to write Splinter of the Mind's Eye and the novelization of The Force Awakens.
  33. Leia says the last line of the movie "What is it they've sent us? Hope." It's a clever set up for the title of A New Hope and ties in thematically well. In saying this last line, that takes Leia's tally saying the final line of a Star Wars movie to three - the other two being The Force Awakens and Return of the Jedi.
  34. The Hammerhead Corvette used in the Battle of Scarif to smash one Imperial Stars Destroyer into the other was an idea taken the classic video game, Knights of the Old Republic. It was also seen in season two of Star Wars: Rebels.
  35. Rogue One sets up how Luke eventually gets the call sign 'Rogue-Five'. The Original Red Five, Pedrin Gaul, was killed during the battle over Scarif, meaning that when Luke gets involved with the Rebel assault on the Death Star, he takes up the vacancy in Red Squad.
  36. Jyn's mother Erso wears the "red sash of the enlightened' which was worn by the sects found on Jedha - the same as Chirrut wore. Given these sects were about the Whills and the Kyber Crystals, the scene when Jyn receives her mothers crystal necklace should serve to show that her mother was truly trying to protect her with the power of the Force. Also, and perhaps crucially for the plot - Chirrut was able to sense the crystal around Jyn's next on Jedha - which led to Baze and Chirrut getting caught up in Jyn's adventure.
  37. Wedge Antiles makes a cameo of sorts. The voice actor for the character, David Ankrum, was brought in to do act as the Public Address voice for the scenes featuring the Rebel Base. Ankrum can be heard telling the Rebels to board their ships.
Did you like all of that? Here's 111 more facts about the Star Wars films.

Jan 13, 2017

10 facts about Cloud City from The Empire Strikes Back. #3 will blow your mind and convert you to being a Vegan!

cloud city concept art by Ralph McQuarrie

10 facts about Cloud City from The Empire Strikes Back 


  • Cloud City was an outpost and a tibanna gas mining colony above the planet Bespin
  • It is so named as it is perpetually surrounded by giant clouds. 
  • The city sits 60,000 kilometers above the core of the gas giant. It is kept in place by an anti-gravity pod.
  • The city's economy is centered on tibanna gas. The gas is used on the production of weapons and hyperdrives. Extended Universe tales tell of tourism and gambling being other things to do.
  • Cloud City appeared in Empire Strikes Back film and featured Lando Calrissian who administered the city. 
  • Calrissian won his role from Baron Administrator Dominic Raynor in a Sabacc tournament. Thus he was in charge when Lord Vader arrived and made his 'deal'. When it was clear Vader did not intend to keep his end of the bargain, Calrissian betrayed him and ordered his citizens to flee.
  • Three key plot points then occurred that were a pretty big deal in terms of Star Wars:
    1. Lei and Han's love was confirmed (freezing out Luke) with the immortal words, "I Know"
    2. Han was frozen in carbonite by Vader and thus thus claimed as a bounty by Boba Fett
    3. Luke faced Vader only to lose his arm and learn he was his son. 
Cloud City over Bespin with an X-Wing

  • In an early rough draft of Star Wars written by Lucas in 1974, a city on Alderaan, was described as a giant gas planet. That concept eventually became Bespin. When concept designer Ralph McQuarrie began conceptual work for the second draft of the script, he designed was could have been an Imperial capital on Alderaan. Whilst that idea never made it to the final pages, the art designs McQuarrie drew were eventually used as the the inspiration for the look of Cloud City, differing only in minor respects from the city as seen in Episode V.
  • Bespin has one sun and a rotation is 12 hours and an orbital period around that sun of 14 years.  
  • Many a Empire viewer has wonder who that bald guy with Lando is. He is Lobot. Lobot served as Lando's aide. His brain was permanently connected to the Cloud City's central computer which allowed him to communicate directly with the city's computer network. Lobot was played in the film by John Hollis. Hollis went on appear in minor roles in Blake's 7 Superman I, II and IV and Flash Gordon.  Flash! Aaaa AAAAAA!

Jan 9, 2017

What is this Had Abbadon that people talk about in very hushed whispers?

had adaddon star wars jedi
Look, two moons!

What is Had Abbadon?


I'd never heard of Had Abbadon until I saw this concept art by Ralph McQuarrie and was curious as to why it featured two half constructed Death Stars.

That planet below is Had Abbadon.

In early drafts of Return of the Jedi, Had Abbadon was actually a proposed name for the Imperial capital which later became Coruscant and featured heavily in the prequel films.

The concept was for it to be a city-planet orbited by two Death Stars that were being built.

It was even to have a moon called Endor!

The  lowest levels of Had Abbadon were intended to be home to Emperor Palpatine's throne room which was surrounded by a lawa pit.

Luke Skywalker's fight against  Darth Vader was set to take place their until it was set on the second Death Star.  Revenge of the Sith fans may recognise Vader and Kenobi eventually had a duel in a lava pit!

emperor throne concept art had abbadon
Strike me down!
The Star Wars Legacy Comics eventually made use of Had Abbadon in a story line involving a descendant of Luke Skywalker, namely Cade Walker where he took on a Sith.

Original 'The Empire Strikes Back' concept artwork by Ralph McQuarrie


Concept art for The Empire Strikes Back


The Empire Strikes Back is often considered the best of the entire set of 6 Star Wars films. It’s certainly considered one of the best sequels in film history.

While Lando Calrisian is no Don Corleone, it’s up there with The Godfather Pt II in that regard. Anyways, one of the reasons why Empire is a great Star Wars movie is because of the vision of Ralph McQuarrie who backed up from A New Hope to put Lucas’s ideas on to canvas.

Here’s some of McQuarrie’s designs for Empire, that largely feature that Attack on the Rebel Base on the ice plant of Hoth.

I'm looking for a great warrior, Yoda.
Luke and Yoda walking around the swamp of Degobah
Found one!
Don't look back, he might be gaining on you!

No, I am your Father!
Looking out for AT Walkers
The Hangar
space cave empire concept art
Watch out for space slugs Han!
The first transport is away!

If you want do explore a really crazy science fiction concept, check out what Municipal Darwinism means.

Jan 8, 2017

Got the post Rogue One blues?


What to do now that you've seen Rogue One four times and that there's 339 day left until Star Wars VII comes out? 

We've got the cure.

Check out these 37 bits of fact and trivia about Rogue One. Did you spot the blue milk or Chopper?

We taken a moment to look at A New Hope in A New Light comparing how the two movies match up with each other so well.

We also played a game of spot the cameo appearance in Rogue One.

Finally, we had some thoughts on dear Carrie Fishers' passing. May the Force be with you Carrie.

Have a great New Year!

James

Check out TJ's rebel pilot Halloween costume from 1977!

Check out this awesome X-Wing Pilot cosplay from 1977!

Found on Reddit, it shows a keen lass called TJ dressed as a Rebel pilot in a home made costume. 

Maybe Luke or Wedge? 

While the word cosplay was not yet invented, make no mistake, Star Wars fans have been doing this since the moment the first movie came out!

Given back in 1977 there were no VCR or Blu Ray editions of Star Wars (as it was called then!) this is a most impressive rendition of the costume. Sure there may have been the odd picture floating around in a magazine but who knows. 

Rebel pilot costume 1977 halloween star wars girl

Actually we do know! The creator of the costume is actually the girl wearing it. She said in this post "Made entirely by myself ... with no helpful freeze-frame DVD player, BTW. I sat in the movie theatre and took sketches by hand!
Oh yeah, I made the fanboys drool when I was 16".

And TJ, you're making the fan boys and girls on Reddit drool 40 years later!



Jan 4, 2017

Where is Chopper in Rogue One?

So you heard that Star Wars Rebels 'Chopper' was in Rogue One, only for you to miss him? If you look at this screen grab below, you can see our robot friend at the bottom left. Blink and you will miss him!

Rogue One: Where to find Chopper roboit



This was a pretty cool Easter egg but would it blow your mind to know also that the 'Ghost' also appears?