Star Wars character screen time in minutes

Oct 18, 2021

Darth Vader famously only had 9 minutes of screen time in A New Hope to become one of the most recognisable bad guys in film history. 


But which character had the most screentime in A New Hope?


It's Luke. 


Of course, it was him!


Borrowed from Reddit, here's the screen time of the film's main characters:

screen time star wars characters

Reddit user The Force posted stats for all the films, here's the screentimes for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

character screen time in Empire Strikes Back

Return of the Jedi Screen time
Fun Fact: BB-8 has more screentime than Emperor Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker...

Here's the screentime for the entire Star Wars 9 film saga:

Star Wars saga character screen time


When is The Book of Bobba Fett released on Disney Plus?

Oct 2, 2021

The first season of The Book of Boba Fett will debut on Disney Plus on December 29th 2021. 


We expect there will be disintegrations...

book of fett release date 29 December 2021

Learn more facts and trivia about the Book of Boba Fett here. 

42 facts, trivia and Easter Eggs about The Last Jedi

Sep 29, 2021
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Facts and trivia about The Last Jedi


Star Wars VIII had some big shoes to fill.

On the left foot was the behemoth that was The Force Awakens and on the right was the juggernaut that was Rogue One.

So the Star Wars production crew went hard under the watch of Rian Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy.

And now we have The Last Jedi.

Some might say it's an amazing film. Others may say it has too many plot holes and plot choices.

Some might say, it's better on a second watch.

Some do say they will never watch it again. 

Whatever, on with the show.


Here's some facts and figures about making the movie:


  1. Director and scriptwriter Rian Johnson (of Looper fame) came up with the episode's title during his first draft and had to keep it secret for several years.
  2. Benicio Del Torro, was originally cast as Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace but dropped out when he realized his on screen time would be minimal. So the trivia is he has been cast twice for a Star Wars film! 
  3. Rian has confirmed that to his mind, The Last Jedi title refers to Luke.
  4. Tom Hardy (Batman, Peaky Blinders) and Gary Barlow (singer from Take That) made cameo appearances as Stormtroopers, however their scenes were cut (as were those of Prince William and Harry).
  5. Rogue One's director Gareth Edwards has a small cameo (as he did in Rogue One)
  6. It's almost a forgone conclusion these days, but Warwick Davis has yet another cameo. He's in the Casino scenes as a gambler. Here's a list of the cameo parts of The Last Jedi.
  7. Jimmy Vee plays R2D2, formally replacing Kenny Baker following his death.
  8. Carrie Fisher had filmed her scenes in the months before her untimely death.
  9. The horses that Finn and Rose escape on during the scene on Canto Bight are called 'falthiers'. The handler / trainer of the falthiers goes by the name of Bargwill Tomder. This feels like some kind of jumbled reference to Tom Bombadil from the Lord of the Rings books.
  10. Rian reckons that Carrie Fishers dog 'Gary' can be spotted in the Canto Bight casino scene. He's a pet of a gambler. He can be found at the bar...
  11. Rian Johnson watched three particular movies to help inspire him when writing the script. Rian said "Twelve O’Clock High was a big touchstone, for the feel and look of the aerial combat as well as the dynamic between the pilots. Three Outlaw Samurai for the feel of the sword-fighting, and the general sense of pulpy fun. And To Catch A Thief was a great film to rewatch, for the romantic scale and grandeur".
  12. TLJ begins immediately where The Force Awakens left off.
  13. Luke's first words to Rey are "Who are you?"
  14. John Williams again wrote the score, his eighth time for a Star Wars movie. When Rian was asked about his approach to the soundtrack and whether it was to lean on the classic themes or lean more on new music he reply that his approach was "to hand the movie to John Williams. ;-)"
  15. Captain Phasma returns and now brandishes a spear as her weapon of choice.
  16. Canto Bight is on a planet called Cantonica.
  17. Carrie Fisher's sudden death in December 2016 meant she had not completed her audio dialogue re-recording parts. The sound team had to take snippets of her work "from here and there" to get the job done. 
  18. Rian Johnson asked JJ Abrams for a Force Awakens script change to allow R2D2 to accompany Rey to Ach-to Island instead of BB8. This was so R2 could feature more and also echo the fact that he was on Degobah with Luke during his training with Yoda, much the same as Rey does with Luke. This of course meant the famous 'Help Me Obi-Wan Kenobi' hologram message could be reused to wonderful effect. 
  19. The Falthier boy jockey at the end used the Force to pick up the broom.
  20. When Rey reaches out and touches the rain on the Island, this is her first experience of rain. When she is drawn into the dark side of the island, that's probably her first time submerged in salt water or perhaps even swimming. Remember, there was not a lot of water on Jakku.
  21. As the Force Tree burns, its flames appear to make the Rebel Alliance symbol. This could be interpreted as the Jedi rising 'from the ashes'
  22. The Last Jedi has 12 scene end 'wipes' compared to The Phantom Menace which had 55.
  23. Kelly Marie Tran by playing Rose Tico is the first major character of Asian heritage. 
  24. George Lucas had absolutely no part in the development of the movie.
  25. In the prequel Rogue One, Jyn Erso reads out the list of data file names - one is 'hyperspace tracking' - this shows it was a 'thing' in the Star Wars universe and not just a gimmick for the movie. 
  26. When Luke is projecting himself to Crait from the Island there are two clues for the view. His beard is brown and he appears younger - the same look as when he last saw Kylo Ren on the night, Luke, for some completely unfathomable reason decided he had to kill him. While Kylo's feet were disturbing the red salt, when Luke walked over it, no red salt was disturbed. 
  27. Rogue One director Gareth Edwards has a cameo as one of the last Rebels on Crait - you can catch him in the trenches. 
  28. The classic line "I've got a bad feeling about this" was not said by a human but apparently BB-8 when flying with Poe Dameron in the opening scene X-Wing assault on the Dreadnaught.
  29. DJ's name stands for Don't Join. As in 'don't join a side' - it's actually written on his hat in Aubresh. 
  30. No light sabers actually cross each other in the heat of battle, a first for a main Star Wars saga film.
  31. If you look carefully in the movie, you can see Laura Dern's Admiral Holdo say “pew” when she fires her stun blast at C’ai Threnalli.
  32. The 'iron' ship fakeout scene is a nod to 'Hardwear Wars', a short film that was one of the original parodies of Star Wars that came out in 1978.
  33. When Luke raps Rey over the knuckles with the plant, that's a call back to when Yoda trained Luke in Empire.
  34. When Poe says to Rey, "I know" this is a call back to Han Solo's famous quote.
  35. When Luke Skywalker takes the saber offered by Rey as they meet, a close inspection of the hand shows damage exactly at the place Luke was shot in The Return of the Jedi during the escape from the Sarlac Pitt:
  36. Rian was hired to direct The Last Jedi just when J.J. Abrams was starting to shoot The Force Awakens.
  37. More than 125 sets for the production where made. 
  38. There was a 110 days shooting schedule.
  39. The amount of practical creatures in The Last Jedi is bigger than The Force Awakens and Rogue One combined.
  40. Adrian "Ade" Edmondson, of British Sitcom TV Royalty, has an extended cameo as a First Order Officer. He's the chap that tells Kylo Ren than Poe Dameron is 'tooling' with him. 
  41. Frank Oz was brought back to be the puppet master for Yoda, the first time since The Phantom Menace when the theatrical release featured the puppet (the home release was CGI). Oz assumed that Yoda would be a CGI version and was surprised to learn Lucasfilm intended Yoda to be a puppet. 
  42. Finn's jacket shoulder has now been repaired  - Kylo Ren made a cut in it when he and Poe fought in The Force Awakens. Pretty amusing given the film starts days later after TFA.
But wait! That's not all! We have plenty more trivia about the prequel Han 'Solo' film and The Mandalorian.

The most famous nip slip in Star Wars history? & a bit of Ming-Na Wen as Leia

Sep 25, 2021

This post is about space nipples & Ming-Na Wen dressed in Princess Leia costumes

The two are unrelated but... 

We said it.

Space Nipples & Fennec Shand as Leia. 

Nipples and a certain wardrobe malfunction and we're not talking about Miss Rhythm Nation, Janet Jackson and her deliberate Superbowl breast display with Monsieur Timberlake.

At this point, it is indeed fair to ask why on Warth (!) is this Star Wars blog even entertaining the thought of doing a post on nipples.

This is not Playboy Magazine, after all, our dear readers seriously come for the articles.

And the character quotes.

And of course the shapely form of a Twilek.

Oola from Return of the Jedi nip slip

What if I was to tell you that Return of the Jedi actually features a nipple slip?


It's the most famous wardrobe malfunction in the entire galaxy!

So here goes the tale.

Cast your mind back to Jabba's Palace in Return of the Jedi. Jabba takes umbrage of a sort with his green slave dancer Oola and as Jabba draws his Twi'lek girl closer to him by pulling her chains, she resists as she knows what's coming - her end.

During this struggle, her great green breast comes out from under her costume, revealing all.

It's a blink and you'll miss the flash moment, however, when people were able to rent Return of the Jedi on VHS in the mid-eighties, they were able to watch the scene in slow motion and get an eyeful.

Legend has it that this is the most paused moment in home rental video history!

On a hunch, we checked, and in the Disney+ Plus version of this scene, there's still a space nipple blowing free in the wind:

nip slip jedi version of disney plus


Don't believe us? Check out this video:



How about some close ups?



Unlike how Carrie Fisher had to tape her breasts down in ANH, someone clearly forgot the gaffer tape on set the day they filmed Oola!

But wait, is the second blue dancer showing some skin as well? Thanks, Special Edition of ROTJ! This blue dancer is Lyn Me.

Carrie Fisher wasn't exactly a shy gal though. Did you ever spot the part in Jedi where Han Solo does a sneaky boob grab? No surprise their though - Ford and Fisher had an affair during the filming of A New Hope while Harrison was married.

carrie fisher see through dress breasts

Here's 501 facts and trivia about Star Wars films.

For your final cosplaying intel - here's Ming-Na Wen, who you may know as Fennic Shand from the Mandalorian dressing up as Slave Leia:

ming-na-wen-leia-slave-bikini

She posted it on Instagram herself, saying she needed a few drinks first! You'll see Shand next in The Book of Boba Fett coming 2021

To keep this party going, here's Ming-Na rocking a classic white one piece Leia outfit:

ming-na-wen-princess-leia-costume


Want more images? Check out this wicked homemade style Twilek cosplay

Dune's influence on Star Wars

Sep 17, 2021

How 'Dune' influenced George Lucas' first Star Wars film script


We have covered many times that George Lucas soaked up a thousand different inspirations from books and films that he wove into the grand tapestry and saga of Star Wars.

We've looked at war films, country and westerns,  Akira Kurosawa and even the novels of Edgar Rice Burrows.

We have however always shied away somewhat from Frank Herbert's Dune.

Let's fix that.

Forget that Dune was made into a movie in 1984 by David Lynch, it's the novel that had the influence on Lucas and his development of the original Star Wars script or "Journal of the Whills" as it was once titled.

While there should be no doubt about the influence that it had on Lucas, we cannot find a single article or quote by the man wherein he refers to Dune. But make no mistake, the comparison of some of the ideas in both movies are unmistakable...

Indeed Herbert himself has been said to have jokingly formed the "We’re Too Big to Sue George Lucas Society" when he recognized elements from his own works and many other writers in the film.

And let's be clear, Star Wars does not have the same story as Dune. It took elements and themes and paralleled them but not the direct plot.

If you wanted to be fairly uncharitable you could argue that A New Hope is basically Akiro Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress set on Dune.

the effect Dune on A New Hope


Spice Up Your Life


In the first draft of Star Wars, the drug ‘spice’ was very much a central theme of script.

Lucas's first version of Princess Leia was not fleeing from the Empire with the stolen plans for the Death Star but rather, holding a cargo of the drug 'melange' spice...the later script noted Han Solo smuggled of spice...

And let's not forget that young Luke Skywalker once had the belief that his "father didn’t fight in the Clone Wars, he was a navigator on a spice freighter.”

Here's a comparison of some direct lifts and inspirations


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Dune's influence on A New Hope


  • Princess Leia’s name is arguably inspired by the Princess Alia.
  • Star Wars features a dry dessert planet called Tatooine. Remind me what kind of planet Arrakis was in Dune? "I don't like sand"...
  • The Jawa Sandcrawler was was possibly inspired by the mining vehicles Arakin’s used. Iffy on this connection.
  • The Skywalker family were moisture farmers in a similar vein as the 'dew collectors’.
  • The 'Jedi Mind Trick' is very similar to how the sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit can use The Voice to influence the actions of others.
  • In ANH, Luke Skywalker practices his lightsaber training against an automated training remote. This seems a direct lift from the part where Princess Alia works on her sword skills against an automated training dummy.
  • Spice mining... Luke's father was a 'was a navigator on a spice freighter.'

space slug empire dune


The Empire Strikes Back was influenced by Frank Herbert


  • In Empire Strikes Back, the Millennium Falcon just manages to escape from the jaws of giant, space slug that was living in a space asteroid. In Dune, there are giant sandworms a giant one of which causes a bit of similar havoc when one attacks the Duke's vessel. 
  • In ESB, the villain turns out to be hero's father. In Dune, the villain out to be hero's grandfather
  • Alia can connect her mind to her brother Paul Atredies physically. Kinda like what happens when Luke calls out to Leia after he's fought Darth Vader.

jabba inspired by dune emperor


How Return of the Jedi was inspired by Dune


  • Return of the Jedi’s Jabba the Hutt looks like a giant slug with a fat face and arms. This character may have been inspired by The God Emperor of Dune, Leto Atreides the Second who funnily enough was a 15-foot long slug. That novel was published in 1981, two years before the release of ROTJ. We do appreciate that Jabba was originally conceived in ANH as a human.
  • Indeed, a lot of the whole Jabba The Hutt Palace scenes appear to have been inspired by the Children of Dune sequel.
  • The sand desert where the Sarlaac Pit resides is called the Dune Sea
Mortal Engines author Philip Reeve shared his views on Dune influencing Star Wars when he was discussing the definition of 'space opera':

"Star Wars was, of course, a love-letter to the genre, full of motifs which come straight out of pulp fiction and the rockets hips’n’ray guns serials of 1930s cinema.

It also borrows heavily from Frank Herbert’s novel Dune, which I read when I was about twelve, mad about Star Wars and looking for something similar.

I was far too young to get Herbert’s mix of Orientalist fantasy, desert ecology and flaky 1960s mysticism but, as with Star Wars, that combination of swords and starships appealed to me. "

Let's not forget Lawrence of Arabia having an influence on Star Wars


Both Dune and George Lucas were inspired by the story of Lawrence of Arabia which was a spiritual journey of sorts that took place in a desert. Lucas was most definitely inspired by the David Lean movie and use shots from it for both the original and prequels films.

We say this to show that though the book came before the film, they both share common inspirations. Indeed, 19 other movies went into the creation of Star Wars.

Speaking of the Great Bard...


We should acknowledge that a lot of Shakespeare's plays influenced Frank Herbert as he developed Dune - so while many of the family dynamics in Dune and the 'saga' of it all, can be compared and contrasted with Star Wars, one could perhaps argue the driving force of Shakespeare ripples underneath the surface quite strongly in Star Wars regardless of Dune's influence.

Indeed, to dismiss Shakespeare's work as an influence on George Lucas would be a mistake. Though Lucas may not have been directly taking paragraphs out of Shakespeare (unlike which he did for Tolkien!) his admiration of The Forbidden Plant exposed him to what was basically The Tempest set in space. Given Lucas's love of films by Akiro Kurosawa, he most likely saw 'Ran', which was a remake of King Lear!

Shakespeare actually has a lot to answer for - it was his line from Othello that inspired the name of the Mortal Engines novel!

The Mandalorian Chapter: The Jedi may have also a wee Dune nod:


“Calodan” may be a reference to Caladan, which as you probably know as the planet that serves as the ancestral home of House Atreides.

“Corvus” could also perhaps be a nod to Alpha Corvus, another planet mentioned in the later Dune work by Herbert's son. We suspect this is a bit of a stretch, however.



Extra for Experts: 

One: We mentioned above that David Lynch directed the movie version of Dune.

We think it's a pretty good science fiction movie, though a patient watch is needed. You know how things come full circle?

George Lucas actually met with Lynch to discuss the possibility of Lynch taking the director's chair for Return of the Jedi! Lynch turned him down which led to Richard Marquand having a crack.

Two: There's a large feeling out there that Lucas was perhaps inspired by the film script of a Dune film that never got made by director Alejandro Jodorowsky. That this version of Dune got so close to being made is the stuff of legend and can be seen in the documentary called 'Jodorowsky's Dune'.

Four: In The Battle for Endor, the Nightsister known as 'Charal' was played by Sian Phillips. She played the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam in the 1984 film version of Dune.
 
Five: Sicario director Denis Villeneuve wrote, directed the remake of Dune. He was well placed to do so following the success of his Blade Runner sequel and the fantastic Arrival.
Here's the first image from the Dune remake, a picture of Timothee Chalamet who is playing Prince Paul Atreides. Looks a lot like the Star Wars sequels eh?
Timothee Chalamet dune remake as Paul Atreides


Return of the Jedi filmed female X-Wing pilots but they were cut from the film

Sep 14, 2021
Did you know the production of Return of the Jedi filmed female pilots attacking the Death Star but they were left cut out of the film on the editing room floor?

Me neither till I spied this picture on the internet. Check her out being tailed by that TIE Interceptor - looks like the shield is still up! (Actually is this really an X-Wing, I think it's an A-Wing). But alas, this scene was cut from the Rebels assault on the Death Star.

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Vivienne Chandler was filmed as an X-Wing pilot for Jedi where she had a 'full page and a half of dialogue' in a cockpit set. She reckons she actually went to a screening of the film that included her scenes, and then when it was actually released to the public, she was on the cutting room floor. Gone.

Including this rather motherly looking lady. Just imagine what her eyes would have seen from that cockpit.

female pilot deleted from Return of the Jedi

Here's Vivienne in full X-Wing pilot garb:

vivienne chandler jedi cut scene
Could this Martini BE any stronger?

How Kylo Ren finished what Darth Vader started

Sep 4, 2021

How Kylo Ren finished what Darth Vader started

In The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren has a chat with Lord Vader's recovered iconic helmet. 

He's clearly got grandaddy issues when he says "I will finish what you started".


What did this mean?


We never really got an explicit answer from the sequel films that followed. 


We did learn in The Rise of Skywalker that Kylo had not been in communion with Vader but it was the Emperor Palpatine the whole time. He'd been working over Ben Solo for a long time. '


Heck, the nerds on the internet saw this coming from a mile off:

Sometimes however a broken clock is correct twice a day, and so to answer the question of what Kylo was going to finish, one bright spark put this together:

i will finished what you started

It's kind of clever eh?

But let's not take it at face value. 

The love story between Kylo Ren and Rey is cute and all but when Kylo utters that line in The Force Awakens we can be pretty sure he is not talking about using the Force to bring back dead people to life. 

It was actually a part of director and script writer JJ Abram's Mystery Box concept - make up some cool shit, and fix the details later. 

There was never an intention for Kylo Ren to suddenly find this power within himself at the right time. Reber, Rian Johnson was writing The Last Jedi at the same time as The Force Awakens was filming - there was no pre determined path, it was all made up along the way - meaning it was never the intention that Kylo Ren finishing what Vader started would be harnessing the power of the Force to bring the dead back to life. 

Still, it's a cool idea. 

The opening crawl text of every Star Wars crawl

Sep 2, 2021

The opening crawl words of every Star Wars movie...


that has one...

The Star Wars 'opening crawl' is one of the first truly great things about Star Wars films. The yellow text has become an iconic font, copied by many others since the first release.

It's become an iconic part of the Star Wars lore.

While not an original movie making concept (Flash Gordon has that claim, we believe) it made the idea very popular and is these days is expected as part of the opening of every Star Wars film. This should be of no surprise to anyone who knows how many ideas George Lucas 'borrowed' from films and media. 

Many other works have sort to emulate or parody the concept of the opening words scroll, looking at you Spaceballs.

Each crawl's prologue gives a quick explanation of the most immediate events leading up to the start of the film.

While the text is crawling up the screen, John Williams' famous Star Wars theme is blasting its familiar notes, creating an attention-grabbing start to the film.

The font of the crawl is called News Gothic has also become quite iconic and adopted by many designers.

Here's the opening text for each film. Note the animated Clone Wars movie did not have a word crawl, nor did Rogue One or the Solo prequel film (though it did have explanatory text).

star wars crawl text

Episode IV: A New Hope from 1977 - the one where we learn a blaster at your side is no match for a hokey religion…

"It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armoured space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. 

Pursued by the Empire’s sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy…."

Trivia: Film director Brian De Palma convinced George Lucas to shorten the original text he had drafted.

Trivia 2: When Star Wars was first released in 1977 the crawl did not feature the text "A New Hope" that came later after the film was a success.


Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back – the one where things get icy between all parties involved.


"It is a dark time for the Rebellion. Although the Death Star has been destroyed, Imperial troops have driven the Rebel forces from their hidden base and pursued them across the galaxy.

Evading the dreaded Imperial Starfleet, a group of freedom fighters led by Luke Skywalker has established a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth.

The evil lord Darth Vader, obsessed with finding young Skywalker, has dispatched thousands of remote probes into the far reaches of space…."




Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi – the one in which the evil empire is taken down a peg or two.


"Luke Skywalker has returned to his home planet of Tatooine in an attempt to rescue his friend Han Solo from the clutches of the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt.

Little does Luke know that the GALACTIC EMPIRE has secretly begun construction on a new armored space station even more powerful than the first dreaded Death Star.

When completed, this ultimate weapon will spell certain doom for the small band of rebels struggling to restore freedom to the galaxy..."

The Prequels


The Prequel Trilogy also featured the Star Wars crawl and introduced many fans to the concept of there being tax in space...


Episode 1: The Phantom Menace – the one in which Star Wars becomes a lesson in trade disputes and economic sanctions. 



"Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute.

Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo.

While the congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict...."

There's always a bigger fish..

Episode II: Attack of the Clones: – the one in which Yoda turns out to be a bad ass. 


Here's the scroll:

"There is unrest in the Galactic Senate. Several thousand solar systems have declared their intentions to leave the Republic. This separatist movement, under the leadership of the mysterious Count Dooku, has made it difficult for the limited number of Jedi Knights to maintain peace and order in the galaxy. Senator Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, is returning to the Galactic Senate to vote on the critical issue of creating an ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC to assist the overwhelmed Jedi...."

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith – the one in which everyone dies, one way or another. 


War! The Republic is crumbling under attacks by the ruthless Sith Lord, Count Dooku. There are heroes on both sides. Evil is everywhere. In a stunning move, the fiendish droid leader, General Grievous, has swept into the Republic capital and kidnapped Chancellor Palpatine, leader of the Galactic Senate. As the Separatist Droid Army attempts to flee the besieged capital with their valuable hostage, two Jedi Knights lead a desperate mission to rescue the captive Chancellor...

The Force Awakens Crawl

This crawl was notable for revealing the title of the next sequel, The Last Jedi. Of course, no one knew this was the title at the time but director Rian Johnson sure did!

Luke Skywalker has vanished.
In his absence, the sinister
FIRST ORDER has risen
from the ashes of the Empire
and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi,
has been destroyed.

With the support of the REPUBLIC,
General Leia Organa leads a brave RESISTANCE.
She is desperate to find her
brother Luke and gain his
help in restoring peace and
justice to the galaxy.

Leia has sent her most daring
pilot on a secret mission
to Jakku, where an old ally
has discovered a clue to
Luke’s whereabouts . . . .

This crawl is notable as it contains the title for The Last Jedi!

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


The prequel film Rogue One does not actually feature a crawl at all and it's the first live action Star Wars movie to not have the text (not counting the Ewok movies, Caravan of Courage or Battle for Endor or The Clone Wars).

It does, however, show the traditional 'a long time ago, in a far away galaxy' line following the introduction to the Erso family.

the last jedi poster


The Last Jedi

"Episode VIII

"THE LAST JEDI

"The FIRST ORDER reigns. Having decimated the peaceful Republic, Supreme Leader Snoke now deploys his merciless legions to seize military control of the galaxy.

"Only General Leia Organa’s band of RESISTANCE fighters stand against the rising tyranny, certain that Jedi Master Luke Skywalker will return and restore a spark of hope to the fight.

"But the Resistance has been exposed. As the First Order speeds toward the rebel base, the brave heroes mount a desperate escape...."

So there you have all 7 Star Wars crawls. Which one do you think best reflects the movie in which it features?


Han Solo movie opening text

Solo did not have a crawl but it did have this text displayed on screen.

"Opening Scroll: It is a lawless time. Crime Syndicates compete for resources - food, medicine, and hyperfuel. On the shipbuilding planet of Corellia, the foul Lady Proxima forces runaways into a life of crime in exchange for shelter and protection. On these mean streets, a young man fights for survival, but yearns to fly among the stars..."

It may be worth noting that the title of The Last Jedi was mentioned in The Force Awaken's crawl.

Here's the opening lines of all the movies.

The Rise of Skywalker Opening Crawl


The dead speak! The galaxy has heard a mysterious broadcast, a threat of REVENGE in the sinister voice of the late EMPEROR PALPATINE.

GENERAL LEIA ORGANA dispatches secret agents to gather intelligence, while REY, the last hope of the Jedi, trains for battle against the diabolical FIRST ORDER.

Meanwhile, Supreme Leader KYLO REN rages in search of the phantom Emperor, determined to destroy any threat to his power....

Extra for Experts: Here's 501 facts about the Star Wars movies. Number 333 will blow your mind!

↠ It's true, Carrie Fisher appeared in Playboy Magazine!

Sep 1, 2021
Carrie Fisher in a Playboy Bunny outfit
Fisher in a Playboy Bunny costume

Is it true that Carrie Fisher appeared nude in Playboy Magazine?


Yes, Fisher did appear in Playboy but not in the way you're thinking.

Get your mind out of the gutter, you won't find topless titty pictures of her here, Carrie is a princess after all!

Well, you could check her nudity out in the film Shampoo...

Back in Playboy Magazines's prime, people used to claim to read the magazine for its articles - one of those such articles featured Carrie Fisher. It's a very interesting read as it gives an insight into her mindset.

It took place following the release of The Empire Strikes Back so people would have been drawn to the article and would have thus been exposed to Carrie's thoughts on her mother's breasts, whether Darth Vader is gay and how Warren Beatty embarrassed her.

No, she doesn't reveal her bra size.

On doing a nude scene with Warren Beatty in the film Shampoo:


At the time I did Shampoo, I was a virgin. I knew nothing.

They would kid me. Warren [Beatty], Hal [Ashby] and Robert [Towne] would all fall apart laughing, and I would, too.

My line to Warren was “Want to fuck?” and I was supposed to be hostile and mean and power-crazy.

I would say that line and fall apart, because Warren had told the others that I didn’t know what I was talking about and that was very funny to them.

On  Darth Vader being gay:


"The guy’s not attractive. He has funny hair.

He’s not black.

He may be neuter.

A lot of this is open to people’s interpretations.

Maybe he’s gay.

Vader is gay and he’s embarrassed about some tattoos he had put on his face. He got drunk one night.

No, he has some kind of problem with facial hair. What can I tell you? You’ll find it out in the third film. You had a glimpse of him in The Empire Strikes Back.

He looked like some vegetables gone bad."

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On Debbie Reynold's breasts:


'For Star Wars, they had me tape down my breasts, because there are no breasts in space.

Camera tape, gaffer tape.

At the end of every day, I was going to draw a lottery and one of the crew could rip off the tape. I never did it, though.

Actually, my mother is more famous for her breasts than I could ever be for mine. Groucho Marx, in front of Nate ’n Als, once told me she had a great chest.

He was going to visit her in the hospital to see if they were real. He also said that on the Cavett show.

So I have some.

I have two.

These responses to some of the questions asked by Playboy Magazine display a well-rounded sense of being awake to the whims and ways of the world.

A large part of that is clearly informed by Fisher's intelligence and the immersion into the world of show business by way of her famous parents certainly had a hand.

To be talking about someone being gay (even if a fictitious film villain), while not unheard of in the 1980s, was possibly a novel thing for the largely male audience of the magazine.

Any ways, just for kicks, here's some on set pictures of Fisher sporting the infamous golden bikini.

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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 'Los Alamos'. 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 (here's the text of all the Star Wars crawls)
  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 (Mission Impossible) so his involvement is notable. 
  8. The original R1 squad had a giant green alien called Senna and a Lunka. They were paired as a duo but ultimately dropped. This concept design shows what they may have looked like.
  9. 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.
  10. In the initial first drafting of the movie, Jyn Erso and the character that became Cassian Andors survived the Battle of Scariff. 
  11. Alan Tudyk plays Enforcer Robot, K-250. He filmed a small cameo as a pilot called Wray Nerely but it was cut out.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Genevieve O'Reilly reprised her role as Mon Mothma, whom she previously played in Revenge of the Sith.
  15. Jimmy Smits also returns as Leia's father, Bail Organna. He played supporting roles in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith
  16. 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.
  17. Jyn Erso was originally conceived as being a Sergeant in the movie. This was changed so late in the piece that production runs of the Jyn Erso doll included the rank as part of the name!
  18. Character 'Saw Gerrera' originally featured in Star Wars: Clone Wars television show. Gerrera is played by Oscar winner, Forrest Whitaker.
  19. 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.
  20. Gary Whitta, one of the script writers, filmed a cameo as a Rebel pilot but it never made the final cut. 
  21. Gareth Edwards requested that the 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...
  22. 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.
  23. Tony Gilory is credited as saving the film through his script rewrites and editing
  24. 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.
  25. In Saw Gerrera's cave there are paintings of monsters from director Gareth Edward's prior movies, Monsters and Godzilla.
  26. 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.
  27. To design the U-wing, 781 different drawings were done by Doug Chiang's design team before they settled on the final look.
  28. 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?
  29. 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'.
  30. 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. 
  31. Speaking of directors, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson also had a cameo as an operator on the Death Star.
  32. The firing sequence is copied exactly from that of ANH, frame for frame.
  33. 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?
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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 mother's 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.
  42. 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. Wedge eventually did make a cameo in The Rise of Skywalker.
  43. Admiral Ackbar was intended by Gary Whitta to lead the assault on Scariff however JJ Abrams beat him to the punch and used him in TFA. Gary was quoted as saying “We didn’t want to use him again after The Force Awakens. So Ackbar became Admiral Raddus."
  44. The co-writer of Rogue One, Tony Gilroy is the voice questioning Bodhi Rook on the U-Wing, which led to the pilot coming up with the call sign “Rogue One”.
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