The Mandalorian call backs and references to Stars Wars

Dec 13, 2019
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Callbacks The Mandalorian makes to the Star Wars Universe

Callbacks, easter eggs, references - whatever you want to call them, the Mandalorian live-action Star Wars show has plenty on offer. 

Season One, Episode One 
  • In the original Holiday Special that introduced Boba Fett he rode a large creature. The Mandalorian learning to ride the Blerrg is a small nod to this. 
  • 'Life Day' from the Holiday Special is also mentioned by the first bounty, thus bringing this celebratory event into Star Wars canon.
  • Televisions Special blaster - zapping the ice monster was an explicit reference to the same action Boba Fett does in the Holiday Special Cartoon segment.
  • Salacious Crumb from Return of the Jedi. Remember him? He took out C3PO's eye. Known as a  Kowakian monkey-lizard, two are featured for the first time since Jedi - one is cooking on a spit and another caged one is looking on, not feeling too good about things. 
  • When Mando visits the unnamed Imperial Officer, the ID system that pokes out the door is the same that is fitted out on Jabba's Palance entrance - it's the one C3PO and R2D2 interacted with in Jedi. 
  • The Blurrg the Mando learns to ride was first seen in the Star Wars cannon in the second Ewok adventure film, The Battle for Endor. 
  • IG-11 robot features heavily in this episode - an IG robot bounty hunter was briefly spied in the line up of hunters in The Empire Strikes Back. 
  • Boba Fett cameo - when the Mandalorian is meeting with the Armorer, there's a sneak background shot of a person wearing armor which looks suspiciously like Fett - thus meaning he survived his supposed death in Return of the Jedi in the Sarlacc Pit:
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Season One, Episode 2 - The Child


  • We see the Mandalorian attacked by Trandoshians - the bounty hunter Bosshk who was briefly spied in The Empire Strikes Back line up is the same species.
  • Jawa - sand crawlers, stun guns that immobilise things - a great call back to the Jawa of A New Hope. Was the Mando on Tatooine?
  • When Yoda Baby used the Force, there's a shot of the three fingers - just as Yoda did in TESB.
  • Utinni! The classic Jawa exclamation of surprise in ANH is repeated in this episode. 

Season One, Episode 3 - The Sin

  • The floating mechanical device that's about to administer 'treatment' to Baby Yoda is closely modeled on the same one that Darth Vader used on Prince Leia on the Death Star in A New Hope.
  • The droid that discovers the newly orphaned Mando is a call back to the prequel film Attack of the Clones and the Clone Wars. 
  • The bounty puck that Greif Karga offers to Mando features a Mon Calamari - the first of which was Admiral Ackbar, introduced in Return of the Jedi. 
  • The container used to carry the steel earned by the Mando is a direct call back to the infamous 'ice cream' man in The Empire Strikes Back. An extra later given the named Willrow Hood,  carried a real word ice cream maker during the evacuation scene in Cloud City - it was intended to be viewed and some kind of sci-fi - device but has since become the stuff of legend. The Mandalorian has officially named this 'safe' a camtono. This really leans into the joke because camtono means ice cream according to the little girl who invented the word...


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Season One Episode Four - Sanctuary

This episode could be considered The Seven Samurai episode of the series - Seven Samuari which was, of course, a massive influence on Star Wars.

  • The Battle of Endor is spoken of by Cara Dune
  • The ATST walks into a trap, which is reminiscent of the antics the Ewoks got up to in Return of the Jedi. 
  • Baby Yoda meets a Loth Cat - which was first spied in Star Wars Rebels.
  • Mando called Baby Yoda a 'womp rat' which you might recall Luke mentioned he could shoot in A New Hope.
  • Skugworld...

Season One. Episode 5: The Gun Slinger

This one is chock full of call backs to A New Hope & The Phantom Menace. Plenty of other things familiar to the Star Wars universe are spied too. This should be no surprise when you learn that Star Wars alumni David Filoni directed and wrote the script - if you've never heard of Filoni, he's the 'George Lucas' of The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. He also directed the first episode of the season. He's a bloody legend!
  • The ship attacking the Razor Crest appears to be a Naboo Star fighter - the same kind that Anakin Skywalker piloted in The Phantom Menace.
  • The three pit droid units that the Mando gives grief to when he lands at Mos Eisely are the same kind as that featured in The Phantom Menace during the pod racing scenes. They are inspired by The Three Stooges.
  • Did we just mention Mos Eisely confirmed!?
  • In the cantina, Toro Calican is sitting posed like Han Solo was in ANH with his legs up on the table. And he does shoot Fennec first...
  • The ship repairer, Peli Motto (played by Amy Sedaris), calls Mando a womp rat.  
  • Dune sea is mentioned. That's where the Sarlacc pit lives.  (Incidentally the Dune sea was probably named for the Dune novel which Lucas took a lot of inspiration from.
  • Mandalorian mentions the Hutts. 
  • Gonk droid spied!
  • Calican refers to Corellia - which is where the Solo film started. 
  • Tusken Raiders feature in perhaps their longest scene ever! One of them makes the classic noise they made when Luke was attacked in ANH. 
  • Dewbacks. 
  • "She's got the high ground" This line from the Mando can only be a reference to the famous line that Obi-Wan Kenobi delivers to Anakin in Revenge of the Sith. 
  • "She's no good to us dead" - Mando quoting to Calican about Fennec is a call back to a similar line Boba Fett made in The Empire Strikes Back. 
  • Motto refers to Beggar's Canyon. Luke spoke of this place in ANH and it was first seen on screen in The Phantom Menace. 
  • Fennec mentions Mos Espa - which is where Qui-Gon Jinn went in TPM. 

Season One: Episode 5: The Prisoner

Callbacks to the Star Wars films came thick and fast this episode directed by Rick Famuyiwa.

  • The casino slots of Canto Bight from The Last Jedi are recalled
  • Gungans are referenced when Mayfeld (played by Bill Burr) makes a joke about what Mando looks like under his helmet. 
  • The robot of the crew looks similar to 4-Lom from The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Twileks appear!
  • Berg - the muscle is a Devaronian. Think back to the original Cantina scene in ANH - that was the first and only time such a Devaronian  has been seen in Star Wars, a gap of 42 odd years between appearances.
  • The 'little mouse' robot was of course first seen in ANH when Chewie growled at one on the Death Star.
  • The film makes a joke about how Stormtroopers cannot shoot, which is a classic Star Wars meme: 
"He's a former imperial sharpshooter"
"That isn't saying much"
"I wasn't a Stormtrooper, wiseass"

  • The Mando shutting the door down on the Devaronian was similar to how Luke killed the Rancor in Return of the Jedi.  

How are Acolytes of the Beyond connected to Palpatine?

Dec 10, 2019
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What is the connection of the Acolytes of the Beyond to Palpatine and the Knights of Ren?


OK, bear with us on this one....and there's some speculated spoilers in here...

"Acolytes of the Beyond" is a group of four words that dropped into Star Wars canon when they were introduced in the Aftermath book written by Chuck Wendig.

Aftermath describes that the Acolytes were trying to buy Vader's saber from a vendor who claims to have discovered it so that they may 'destroy it and return it to its master in death.

First of all, what is an acolyte?

Isn't that something found in Gatorade?

No, an acolyte is someone who performs religious duties as part of a ceremony or who has been inducted into a particular ministry.

In this case, the acolytes are presumably in the ‘ministry’ of whatever the Beyond is. They worship fallen Sith and wish to venerate them by returning their 'earthly' weapons to them... in spirit.

We could presume the Beyond is the realm of the Force inhabited by Force ghosts such as Qui-Gon Gin, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and good old Master Yoda.

Remember, if Qui-Gon can learn the tricks of the Force, so can Darth Sidiou AKA The Emperor.

Are the Acolytes of the Beyond in touch with Palpatine? 

Are they serving him?

The connection to the Knights of Ren is that Kylo has probably had dealings with the the Acolytes. 

We know he has Vader's helmet which Luke left burning on the funeral pyre on Endor.  We presume he got it from the Acolytes. 

And Vader's saber? Is it possible that the crystal in Ren's saber was that saber?

Perhaps an even more broad question is did the Knights of Ren form out of the Acolytes of the Beyond? Remember in The Force Awakens, Kylo is certainly trying to channel the spirit of Vader via the helmet...

Here's a cut from the Aftermath:

"No Sith remains. And the lone Jedi that exists--the son of Anakin Skywalker--possesses an untouchable soul. At least for now. We must instead move towards the dark side. Palpatine felt that the universe beyond the edges of our map was where his power came from. Over the many years he, with our aid, sent men and women beyond known space. They built labs and communication stations on distant moons, asteroids, out there in the wilds. We must follow them. Retreat from the Galaxy. Go out beyond the veil of stars. We must seek the source of the dark side like a man looking for a wellspring of water."

This is where things get a little bit 'big picture' in the context of The Rise of Skywalker.

Instead of a metaphysical 'beyond' like the Force, they are talking about a physical beyond, one that stretches past the known quantities of the universe.

Now let's wildly speculate about this beyond and tie the Acolytes to Emperor Palpatine and any other crazy theory we can up to.

It's clear that Palpatine is back for The Rise of Skywalker.

How is this the case?

How did he survive his apparent Death at the hands of Vader and the destruction of the Death Star II?

Is he a clone? Has he possessed Rey or other character?

Is Rey his clone? (Probably not as Obi-Wan and Yoda would surely have figured that out already).

Was Snoke a puppet of Palpatine? Some variant of a clone of himself?

Time will tell.

What we do now know is that there is a massive fleet of ORIGINAL Empire Star Destroyers in the trailer for the Rise of Skywalker. They are not First Order ships under Hux's control.

Where have these ships been for thirty years?

Have they been hiding out in the great beyond, the place that Palpatine said was beyond the edges of the maps?

Have they been hiding where the labs and communications stations are?

Are these ships under Palpatine's control? Did the Acolytes look after them while he has been 'dormant'?

Who's been there? Thrawn? The Acolytes? Palpatine himself?

What's cool is the official poster for the Rise of Skywalker features the Knights of Ren. It is quite possible we may learn some answers about who this group actually is, how Kylo uses them and any connections they may have to Palpatine (or even Snoke) and perhaps the Acolytes.

501 awesome facts about Star Wars

Dec 8, 2019
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501 awesome Star Wars facts and trivia and other gems


There's been 11 Star Wars movies over 40 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.

So why 501 bits of trivia? 

We're doing this post in honor of the 501st Legion, also known as the 501st Battalion or "Vader's Fist," was an elite stormtrooper legion under the command of the Vader during the Imperial Era.

In the real world, the 501st is a group of dedicated Star Wars fans who create models of suits of armor from the films, but more importantly, they have a keen eye on performing acts of charity which we think is great.

Here's 501 of the best facts about Star Wars that we could find.

  1. When Bounty Hunter Jango Fett gets into his ship after his fight with Obi-Wan Kenobi 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 original movie where a cloned Stormtrooper accidentally bangs his head on a door (the clone being the descendant of Jango Fett and having inherited this character trait).
  2. In Solo, Chewbacca's father's name is Attichitcuk, as it was in the infamous TV Special.
  3. Each of the three main bad guys in the prequel films contains an element that portends what Darth Vader will become. For example General Grevious, being mostly a robot with breathing difficulty (caused by Mace Windu, reflects the introduction of Vader and his famous breathing technique. 
  4. While not named in the films, Princess Leia's adoptive mother's name is Queen Breha Organna. Some people claim Kylo Ren is thus a prince being Leia's son, however we're pretty sure that royal line died when Alderran was blown up (despite what Lor San Tekka might say....)
  5. E.T. characters turns up in The Phantom Menace This is a pay back of sorts to Stephen Speilber as he placed a Yoda costume in the Halloween scene of the E.T. film.
  6. When we learned that R2D2 could fly in Revenge of the Sith. What the heck?? That little
  7. TESB’s line 'the first transport is away!" was spoken by Mark Hamill. Nipple cannons indeednipple cannon star wars
  8. Darth Vader's black suit was in part inspired by Nazi uniform designs.
  9. The original Rogue squad unit in Rouge One had a giant green alien called ‘Senna’ and a Lunka. They were paired as a duo but ultimately dropped.
  10. Han Solo grabs Princess Leia’s breasts in the middle of the Battle of Endor. He was perhaps checking she was still wearing this. Harrison Ford also pulled a similar movie on the Falcon in The Empire Strikes Back. The scruffy scoundrel... and let's not forget the infamous nipple slip Lucas left in in Jedi.
  11. In A New Hope, Leia was kept captive on the Death Star in prison cell number 2187. This was a deliberate choice as 2187 is the year that the George Lucas directed cult film THX 1138, was set. The Force Awakens took this even further and used the number as Finn's designated Stormtrooper number FN2187.
  12. Yoda’s species has never been mentioned. In official records, he is simply an ‘unknown species’. He'll always be Kermit's ugly cousin to us.
  13. 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.
  14. Anthony Daniels, who voiced C3P0 and climbed into the tin suit, is the only actor to appear in all 9 Star Wars saga films - Daniels also had a major part in The Clone Wars animated film of course!
  15. 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.
  16. As General Kenobi is about to leave to hunt down General Grievous, he shares a nice moment with Anakin which finishes with a very loving, 'Goodbye 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 between them.
  17. Bail Organa and Yoda step into the hallway of Organa's ship and have a nice conversation about being rebels or something in Revenge of the Sith. It's the actual ship that Darth Vader boards to capture Princess Leia Organa in the start of A New Hope, The Tantive IV.
  18. 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.
  19. The furry Ewoks were a late addition to the Star Wars mythology in Jedi. Their part in the story was to originally be played by 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 Wookies too technologically advanced for the plot.
  20. Wedge Antilles really is Obi-Wan Kenobi's Uncle! And he made a cameo appearance in Rogue One.
  21. 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 ANH
  22. 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.
  23. 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 took part in two of those battles as a pilot, his last part was on the Death Star, helping Vader bring down Palpatine. 
  24. The Falthier boy jockey at the end of The last Jedi used the Force to pick up the broom... he was the result of the Spark after all...
  25. In the Hoth planet Rebel base - recall 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Due to a heat wave in England when filming the Rebel pilot attacks on the Death Star, it was so hot the actors wore shorts and not their Rebel uniform pants.
  28. Harrison Ford famously was never intended to be Han Solo, he was just hanging around after American Graffiti 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. That's the stuff of moviemaking legend!
  29. After Padme dies, she is returned to he home planet of 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 keep the existence of Leia and Luke a secret.
  30. 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".
  31. The name of the hangar where the Millennium Falcon takes off from in A New Hope is docking Bay 94.
  32. 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’.
  33. 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!
  34. 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.
  35. Mr Diehard, Alan Rickman auditioned for the role of Moff Jerjerrod.concept design of the millennium falcon
  36. George Lucas at one stage considered using the great actor and director Orson Welles as the voice actor for Darth Vader
  37. The Star Wars Ring Theory shows how all the films under Lucas’s control have a strong rhyme and resonance. The films echo each other, and key themes re-occur.
  38. The scene where Anakin puts his hand on Padme’s throat in Attack of the Clones, foreshadows how he will kill her. Choking people in Star Wars is a big theme.
  39. 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
  40. The script for A New Hope was heavily influenced by Frank Herbert's Dune novel - several concepts were taken from it such as ‘spice’.
  41. 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 and 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.
  42. 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...
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. E.T. made a cameo appearance in The Phantom Menace.
  46. 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.
  47. ANH famously featured the milk at the Lar's family breakfast scene. Rogue One features the same blue milk in Saw's cavern.
  48. Hayden Christensen appeared as the costumed Vader in Revenge of the Sith. He apparently begged Lucas to let him play him.luke fights vader empire story board
  49. Carrie Fisher spoke many times of her struggles with bipolar disorder. You wouldn't wish this on any anybody.
  50. Harrison Ford and Fisher had an affair during the film of A New Hope. Ford was married at the time.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. Boba also actually made his first public appearance in a Star Wars street parade before either movie!
  56. 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.
  57. A very early draft of the Empire saw Han Solo going in search of his Father-In-Law, Ovan Marekal, who has political ties with Lord Vader.
  58. 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!
  59. 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.
  60. C3PO's most famous quote is perhaps "I suggest a new strategy, Artoo: let the Wookie win." which pretty much speaks for itself!
  61. 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.
  62. 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!"
  63. 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 what we presume was the original gold. As for that red arm...
  64. 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. xwing story board drawing
  65. Ralph McQuarrie designed C3PO by taking liberty with the Maschinenmensch design from the film Metropolis. The Forbidden Planet’s Robby the Robot also was an inspiration for the protocol droid aspect.
  66. 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.
  67. 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!
  68. 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.
  69. 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.
  70. Han Solo’s space ship the Millennium Falcon has a cameo appearance in Revenge of the Sith. It is seen landing on Coruscant.luke hit by force lightning jedi story board
  71. 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.
  72. 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.
  73. "I've got a bad feeling about this" or a variation of it is spoken in every movie. In the Last Jedi, BB8 says it to Poe Dameron in the X-wing attack on the Dreadnaught scene.
  74. R2D2 is taller than the Ewok 'Wicket' from ROTJ.
  75. Mace Windu is the only Jedi in any film to wield a purple colored lightsaber. Here's some of his quotes from the prequels.
  76. 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.
  77. 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.
  78. 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.
  79. 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.
  80. 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.
  81. Darth Maul has ten horns on his red head.
  82. 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 The Last Jedi as DJ, a slicer of dubious renown.
  83. 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 and he was banned from making any appearances at official Star Wars promotional events such as conventions.
  84. 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.
  85. 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.
  86. 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.
  87. The sound effect when Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber is kicked down the reactor shaft in the climactic 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!
  88. In Solo, there was originally a fourth member of Beckett's team called Korso but the character was cut in the editing room. You can actually see a few shots of him in the Mimban sequences. Korso was to be killed early on so that Becket would see value in replacing him with Chewbacca.
  89. 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.
  90. The shipping title of Phantom Menace was "The Doll House", Clones was "Cue Ball" and Sith, "The Bridge".
  91. The Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars film to be released on DVD.
  92. "Phantom Menace" was the name of a villain in the "Flash Gordon" comics. This 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 the villain, Ming the Merciless. Sydow, of course, had a turn as The Force Awakens as Lor San Tekka.attack of the clones story board
  93. Admiral Ackbar's backstory is that he was once the slave of Grand Moff Tarkin, as well as his personal pilot.
  94. In Solo, Dryden Vos has a set of Mandalorian Battle Armor in his collection on his yacht. This is the same style of armour made famous by bounty hunter Boba Fett.
  95. 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.
  96. 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 - that’s where Lucasfilm is located.
  97. In Jedi, it took six people to work the full-sized animatronic of Jabba the Hutt. The frogs he ate were not real. You know who else eats frogs in the Star Wars universe? Baby Yoda.
  98. 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.
  99. SLuke's training remote made a return in The Force Awakens. Finn finds it when he is looking for first aid to help Chewbacca. In The Rise of Sky Walker, Rey trains with one. 
  100. Daniel Craig, better known as James Bond 007 was the Stormtrooper that freed Rey in The Force Awakens.
  101. Billy Dee Williams returned as Lando Calrissian in The Rise of Skywalker making it the 4 fourth time Lando has appeared in a Star Wars film.
  102. The Mandalorian's Fennec Shand's name was inspired by a fennec fox.
  103. The Falcon has had many names prior to being the Milliniuem Falcom - these include Corell's Pride, Fickle Flyer, Meetyl's Misery, Stellar Envoy, Jackpot, Gone to Pieces
  104. 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 famously did the puppetry. Oz returned to do a line of voice over for The Force Awakens and to perform a Yoda in The Last Jedi.
  105. John Boyega, who plays Finn managed to leave his Rise of SKywalker script under his bed - he moved apartments and neglected it. Eventually, it made it made its way for sale on Ebay - at which point Disney stepped in and bought the script before it was sold on the site.
  106. In the same vein instead of the Empire finding the Rebel's hideout on Hoth, there was to be a Wampa Attack. Indeed, a scene cut from the film was actually shown in Empire's trailer featured C3PO removing a sign from a door which he hoped Imperial troops would enter and come face to face with captured Wampa. The Hoth scenes were actually shot in Norway.
  107. John Wayne's voice was used for the Imperial Spy that gave away Han's location in ANH.
  108. In Solo, the theme of the Imperial March can be heard playing on the recruitment film featured at the beginning of the film before Han signs up to the Empire.
  109. Warwick Davis, who famously played Wicket as a child in Return of the Jedi, actually had 3 cameo parts in The Phantom Menance!
  110. Empire was the first movie to have a number by its title in the opening credits - V. The original Star War was not called A New Hope or Episode 4, this came later.
  111. That dude in the Rebel Base 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 the TV sitcom Cheers and the Pixar movies AKA John Ratzenberger.
  112. The classic "The first transport is away!" line was delivered by Mark Hamill.
  113. In order to avoid sharing creative rights, George Lucas decided to avoid using a major film studio to finance this film. Instead, he bankrolled the $33 million production himself. And then laughed all the way to the bank to deposit all the money he made. Making it one of the most successful 'independent' films ever.
  114. Three characters lose bits of limbs - the Wampa that attacks Luke, C3PO when shot by the Storm Troopers on Cloud City, and of course Luke's hand to Vader's saber.
  115. 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. This is quite amusing as it appears in real life that Kenny Baker and R2D2 didn't get on too well - it's well documented that Daniels has been quite vocal about Baker's attitude.You know that awesome pod racer race in The Phantom Menace? Yep, Lucas was just copying the famous chariot race from Ben Hur. Lucas actually copied from a LOT of movies to make his own one.
  116. 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 as result.
  117. Lucas was actually quite good at stealing good ideas. You know that bit where Obi-Wan feels the death of the people on the planet Alderaan? Lucas just took that from a Star Trek episode where Spock felt the death of 400 of his own Vulcan kind.
  118. David Lynch was offered the chance to direct Return of the Jedi but turned it down. Can you imagine how crazy Jedi could have turned out if Lynch had cast his magic over the film? Lynch actually chose Dune as his next film, and while it wasn't a universally accepted film, it has gone on to earn its own unique place in film history as a really interesting sci-fi movie. It was also probably just as well that Sting didn't have a role in Jedi either.....Truth be told though, the Dune book had a massive influence on Star Wars.
  119. 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.
  120. C3PO's most famous quote is perhaps "I suggest a new strategy, Artoo: let the Wookie win." which pretty much speaks for itself! As a side note, that game between Chewbacca and R2D2 was never finished. When Finn bumps the table in The Force Awakens, it's the same game of Dejarik from A New Hope! That game is also referenced in the Han Solo film.
  121. A lot of people miss it, thinking the C3PO is totally golden but his right knee down is silver. In The Force Awakens, he had a red arm for most of the film.
  122. Anthony Daniels is the only actor to have appeared in all the original, prequels and sequels. He also did the cameo in Rogue One, meaning he has appeared in 10 films. Daniels also did voice-over work for The Clone Wars film.
  123. Carrie Fisher's role following her death was made possible by recycling scenes from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi and using some fancy CGI applications.
  124. BB-8's new friend is called D-0.
  125. Naomi Ackie, is making her Star Wars debut as Jannah. It is speculated that she is the daughter of Lando Calrissain.
  126. The first teaser trailer used the same phrasing as The Phantom Menace did - "Every generation has a legend" was repeated. TPH had the line "Every saga has a beginning" whereas TROS shows its intent with "Every saga has an ending".
  127. This is the ninth and final Star Wars composed by John Williams. This is an incredible feat.
  128. George Lucas once envisioned that C3PO and R2D2 would be the only characters that feature in every film in the saga - turns out this would be true. Anthony Daniels also becomes the only actor to appear in all the films as Kenny Baker died.
  129. After George Lucas's 4 director credits in the Skywalker saga, only JJ Abrams will have made more than one film.
  130. Colin Trevorrow was originally hired to direct the film after his success with Jurassic Park but was fired and JJ was asked to come back.
  131. While the working title of the film was 'trIXie' it was also referred to as Black Diamond for a time in preproduction.
  132. Keri Russel has a long term working relationship with JJ - she was the star of his show Felicity and had a role in Mission Impossible III which JJ directed. Russel's character is called Zorri Bliss.
  133. The Force Awakens trilogy is the first Star Wars trilogy where all three films were released in the same decade.
  134. The first Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer ended with audio of Emperor Palpatine cackling with laughter. Actor Ian McDiarmid did not record a laugh for that, it was used from old recorded audio. McDiarmid obviously plays the resurrected character in the film.
  135. The desert planet featuring the Aki-Aki is known as Pasaana. The scenes for this location were filmed in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan.
  136. The beasts the Finn and Jannah ride are called 'orbaks'.
  137. While doing promo work for the film, Billy Dee Williams described himself as 'gender fluid'. Though it's complicated, we suspect L3-37 would approve.
  138. Emperor Palpatine's 'Throne' was inspired by a sketch from Ralph McQuarrie - the artist who did all the original trilogy concept designs for George Lucas:rise-skywalker-throne-mcquarrie
  139. The Rise of Skywalker is set one year after the events of The Last JediCarrie Fisher's scenes as Leia are cuts taken from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi which are mashed up with some clever CGI application.
  140. The snow planet is called Kijimi and is the local for the 'Thieve's Quarter'.
  141. There are six Knights of Ren, other than Kylo.
  142. Rey uses a training remote when training in The Rise of Skywalker - a clear call back to Luke's use of one in A New Hope.
  143. Kylo Ren's repairing his mask rather than replacing it is a reference to the Japanese art of Kintsugi, also known as Kintsukuroi. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
  144. In the scene where C3PO has his memory wiped in Sith, you can see a Prequel Era Battle Droid in the background. Roger! Roger!
  145. TROS is the first Star Wars film where Carrie Fisher receives 'top billing'. Post humously at that.
  146. Running at 155 minutes, The Rise of Skywalker is the longest Star Wars film.
  147. The Death Star II wreckage is not on the 'small moon of Endor" from Return of the Jedi, rather it a different moon called Kef Bir.zorri bliss
  148. The Aubresh writing on Lando's cain reveals that his full name is "Baron Landonis Balthazar Calrissian III." This is actually just a further confirmation - in the Solo film, L337 refers to Lando directly as Landonis.
  149. All that said, he was originally scripted in TESB as having the name of "Lando Kadar"
  150. In TLJ, 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).
  151. The Bantha milk drank by Luke and Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru in A New Hope is blue! It's become the stuff of Star Wars legend so much so, it was used in Rogue One as well.
  152. Anakin Skywalker really is the ‘Chosen one’. While Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi 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.
  153. Carrie Fisher appeared in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. This movie was a weird Kevin Smith homage to Star Wars and featured an appearance by Fisher as a nun and Mark Hamill as a parody of himself. Carrie's cameo was the one that got the laughs.... do you follow the good book?
  154. A lot of people forget this but also Fisher appeared in the classic movie When Harry met Sally. She was the 'friend' of Sally who ended up marrying Harry’s best friend. See, there is life outside of Star Wars! Fisher also had a cameo in the Blues Brothers!
  155. For the prequel film Attack of the Clones, Yoda was performed by Frank Oz. The next two prequels featured a CGI Yoda and the DVD release of Clones saw a CGI version replace the puppet.
  156. While many think Yoda had Darth Sidious beat in his famous duel in Revenge of the Sith, it was actually Mace Windu, a former student of Yoda who firmly beat the Sith Lord (of course Anakin came in and ruined it all..).
  157. While Qui-Gon Jin theorized that Anakin’s virgin birth was the will of the Force, Palpatine implied in Revenge of the Sith that Darth Plagueis caused the birth using the Force - earlier drafts of the ROTS script suggested this was indeed the case. It’s non-canon however, so it’s only a theory.
  158. The Solo script was written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan. This means that Lawrence has had a hand in writing four Star Wars films (Empire, Jedi, TFA and this Solo).
  159. In the original Empire script when Lando is about to lead Han, Leia, and Chewie into the trap laid out by Darth Vader, Lando offers his arm to Leia, as a gesture to lead her down the hallway to which she accepts. Harrison Ford ad-libbed Han rushing up to the Princess and offering his arm to her at the exact same moment to imply that Han was jealous of Lando's gentlemanly actions.
  160. Seven people have contributed to the character performance of Darth Vader in the movies. If we go in chronological order - Jake Lloyd played Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace, Hayden Christian played Anni and Darth in the other two prequels, David Prowse was the suit in all three original trilogy films while James Earl Jones did the voice over 4 times (inc Revenge of the Sith). Bob Anderson chipped in with some stunt work in Jedi and Sebastian Shaw famously played the unmasked Vader in Jedi as well. Finally, when The Empire Strikes Back was redone for re release in 1994-95, C. Andrew Nelson was used for a few fill in bits and bobs.
  161. Ello Asty is so named for JJ Abram's love of the Beastie Boys - they once released an album called Hello Nasty.
  162. 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.
  163. The Ghost ship from Rebels makes an appearance with the General Fleet in Rise of Skywalker
  164. Does the name “Annikin Starkiller” sound familiar? That's the character's original name for the Skywalker line.
  165. Master Yoda is 66 cm tall. As a comparison, R2D2 stands taller at 96 cm!
  166. In the very short lived but brilliant T.V. show Firefly, a model version of Han Solo frozen in carbonite can be seen in many places - the props department would move it around as a running gag. Presumably, this was kind of like how Superman appeared in every episode of Seinfeld.
  167. Harrison Ford is the only actor to have appeared in films directed by all three of these directors: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola. The Coppola film is a short cameo in Apocalypse Now.
  168. Yoda's originally scripted name was 'Minch'. Glad Lucas changed it?
  169. Everyone assumes Luke only appeared in the three original Star Wars films. Think about it for a moment and you’ll realize Skywalker appears as a baby at the end of Revenge of the Sith. He, of course, appeared for 30 seconds in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi and TROS making it 7 film appearances.
  170. Vader’s famous heaving breathing sounds were recorded by Ben Burt whilst he breathed into an aqualung.
  171. In the original drafts of Star Wars, Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker were definitely different people - it wasn’t until the development of the Empire treatment that the two were combined as one character. People still argue to this day that Lucas always knew Vader was Luke's father!
  172. James Earl Jones was the voice of Vader but fans probably didn’t know that during the original screenings of the film as his name wasn’t included in the credits as it is today. This is apparently because he didn’t want his name to be associated with a film that he thought was going to be a flop.
  173. Carrie Fisher wrote an actual bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge and screenplay for the film based on her writing. The book was about her drug addiction and her relationship with her mother. Fisher has managed to parlay her writing talent with a few turns at playing script doctor for a few Hollywood movies, most notably Rene Russo's Outbreak.
  174. Lord Vader’s famous leitmotif theme music is known as The Imperial March and was not introduced until Empire Strikes Back.
  175. 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". It's kind of like how Star Trek's Captain Kirk never actually said: "Beam me up, Scotty".
  176. Ben Burt produced Vader's breathing sound effect by placing a microphone inside the mouthpiece of a breathing apparatus and recording it being used by a human.
  177. The name Darth Vader does not mean Dark Father.
  178. Alden Ehrenreich was the first actor to audition for directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. They saw many other actors but Alden made a lasting impression.
  179. The script was written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan. This means that Lawrence has had a hand in writing four Star Wars films (Empire, Jedi, TFA and this one).
  180. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired by Kathleen Kennedy, the head of Lucasfilm, only three weeks away from finishing principal photography on June 2017. They are in good company as Kennedy also removed Colin Trevorrow from The Rise of Skywalker project. Instead, JJ Abrams is back for a second turn at directing to finish the story he started.
  181. Mother Proxima is a White Worm, that name is taken from the Bram Stoker book, The Lair of the White Worm.
  182. Miller and Lord's removal paved the way for Ron Howard to finish the Solo film and even reshoot many scenes. This means that this is the first Star Wars film to have ever been directed by an Academy Award winner for Directing. Howard won the Golden Gong for A Beautiful Mind. George Lucas was nominated for the award with A New Hope, which means he was the first Oscar-nominated director of Star Wars when he directed The Phantom Menace.
  183. Ron Howard famously turned down George Lucas's offer to direct The Phantom Menace. He also famously defended the movie and its young star. Howard had previously directed Lucasfilm's Willow production. Howard, of course, starred in the George Lucas film, American Graffiti, and its sequel.
  184. When Han pulled the eel from out of his pants, this was a nod to Indiana Jones and the last Crusade where River Phoenix does the same with a snake. It's a nod to the fact Alden was replacing Ford, as Phoenix did the same in that movie at the begging. Lawrence Kasdan also wrote the Indiana Jones films so it's a great reference.
  185. The fighting style 'Teras Kasi' was originally in Rogue One (Saw trained Jyn to fight in that style) but it got cut according to scriptwriter Gary Whitta.
  186. Solo refers to Chewbacca as being a moof milker - Solo uses the same insult in The Force Awakens when he says "Hey! Some moof-milker installed a compressor on the ignition line!"
  187. The battle on Mimban in Solo was inspired by Stanley Kubrick's, Paths of Glory.
  188. Solo was the second film to not have a light saber fight.
  189. John Howell composed the film score for Solo. He's an experienced composer and has an Academy Award nomination for his How to Train Your Dragon score. This means Howell is only the third composer on a Star Wars film after John Williams and Michael Giacchino (Rogue One).
  190. Woody Harrelson was picked over Christian Bale as Solo's mentor, Beckett. Solo is the second time he has been in a Ron Howard directed film. The first was EdTV.
  191. While some fans have guessed that Solo, is presumably the movie that Josh Trank had been hired to direct until he was removed from the job due to rumored poor on and offset performance during the ill-fated Fantastic Four reboot, this is not the case. Trank's film was likely a Boba Fett story - either way Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed they changed the order of the Anthology films, confirming that Trank was not directing the Solo movie.
  192. Dryden Vos' home base was not originally a ship but an island fortress. It would have featured Lando racing through a series of canals but the idea was dropped as it would have been too hard to get it filmed well.
  193. There was a fourth member of Beckett's team called Korso but the character was cut in the editing room. You can actually see a few shots of him in the Mimban sequences. Korso was to be killed early on so that Becket would see value in replacing him with Chewbacca.
  194. The working title used during filming was "Red Cup" a reference to the plastic red Solo cups that are popular for drinking beer from at keg parties. The theme of the Imperial March can be heard playing on the recruitment film featured at the beginning of the film before Han signs up to the Empire.
  195. The job on the Conveyex originally featured the rescue of a band of criminals destined for prison, not Coaxium. Jon Kasdan said the idea was they would walk away wordlessly after their rescue but turn up in a potential sequel to rescue Han and Chewie from a tight spot.
  196. First live action Star Wars film to not feature C3PO or Arto Dee Too
  197. Michael Kenneth Williams was originally cast in the film and shot scenes, but amid the reshoots, he was unable to return to the set and his role as a CGI character was removed. Instead, Paul Bettany was brought in by Howard and the role was filmed in person. Bettany had a major role in Howard's A Beautiful Mind so they already had the connection. Bettany is also quite popular at this time due to his role as Jarvis and Vision in the Avenger movies.
  198. 30 odd years since Howard directed Warwick Davis in Willow, he directed him again in yet another cameo performance in a Star Wars film.
  199. This is Joonas Suotamo's second full gig playing Chewbacca after his first turn in The Last Jedi. Suotomo played Chewbacca officially as a body double in The Force Awakens - it is speculated he did any parts where Chewbacca was walking, this was due to the ill health (bad knees) of the original Chewbacca, Peter Mayhew.
  200. Dryden Vos has a set of Mandalorian Battle Armor in his collection on his yacht. This is the same style of armour made famous by bounty hunter Boba Fett.
  201. The Solo movie establishes that Chewbacca is 190 years old.
  202. The Golden Idol (Fertility Idol) from the opening scene where Indiana steals it in Raiders Of The Lost Ark can be seen sitting on a table in the meeting room of Paul Bettany's character Dryden Vos. It's a tribute to Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones and of course as the original Han Solo.’
  203. In The Rise of Skywalker scene were C3PO has his circuits rewired by Babu Frick, look in the background - you'll see a retired Battle Droid which was first featured in The Phantom Menace. Roger Roger!
  204. Lando Calrissian's return to Star Wars in The Rise of Skywalker marks a gap of 36 years since he was last seen in Return of the Jedi.
  205. Michael Kenneth Williams took part in the initial round of filming of Solo, however, was unavailable for reshoots which meant he was replaced with Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos.
  206. Tobias Beckett's character was in part inspired by Long John Silver in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Silver had a relationship with Jim Hawkins and the Solo / Beckett relationship mirrors that. In the same vein, scriptwriters also likened the relationship to that of Val Kilmer's and Bobby De Niro's characters relationships in Michael Mann's Heat.
  207. Emilia Clarke made her name as the 'Mother of Dragons' in Game of Thrones - her appearance in this film means she is the tenth actor from that series to have a part in Star Wars - many of those roles were cameos, however Clarke's role is a starring part as Qi'ra, a love interest for Han.
  208. Emperor Palpatine's return in TROS despite his supposed death at the hands of Anakin Skywalker in Jedi means the character has appeared 6 times in Star Wars.
  209. Peter Cushing filmed all his scenes as Grand Moff Tarkin wearing slippers.
  210. Solo is the first Star Wars film to not use the word 'Jedi'.
  211. It spans 6 years, meaning it has the longest time frame of any Star Wars movie (The opening scene from Rogue One excluded...)
  212. Rogue One was the first Star Wars film to not feature a Skywalker of any kind.
  213. Warwick Davis reprised his role as Weasel from The Phantom Menace. He played the same character as a member of Enys Nest's gang of marauders.
  214. Did you spy the dice in Han's land speeder? They are the ones that make it on to the Falcon. They become a minor plot point in The Last Jedi and can be seen in a deleted scene of The Force Awakens.
  215. Here’s the chronological order of the Star Wars films.
  216. Beckett's sudden but inevitable betrayal at the end is meant to rhyme with Han returning to save Luke at the end of A New Hope. Jon Kasdan says that in both movies the older, wiser character had to reluctantly leave and come back suddenly. The difference being the betrayal compared to Han proving himself a hero.
  217. Val mentions 'Bossk'. This is the bounty hunter seen in the line up of hunters during The Empire Strikes Back.
  218. Enfys Nest's character name leaked due to promotional material slipping out.
  219. Lando's "cape closet" was an idea from the original directors. The scene with Han and Qi'ra was a nod to a similar scene Han and Leia had in the avionics room in The Empire Strikes Back.
  220. In The Rise of Skywalker, Billy Dee Williams wears a costume very similar to Lando's 'yellow suit' from this fill which is a great call back to a 'must have' fashion item...
  221. In Solo, Warwick Davis reprised his role as Weasel from The Phantom Menace. He played the same character as a member of Enfys Nest's gang of marauders.
  222. When Han is caught in the mud during his first encounter with Chewie in Solo, his pose is very similar to the one of him in the frozen block of carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back.
  223. The creature the Falcon encounters in the Kessel Run is called a Summa-Verminoth. It was inspired by the notion that it was to be a Lovecraft monster.
  224. David Filoni, the hand that developed The Clone Wars directed two episodes of The Mandalorian and also cameoed as an X-Wing pilot in 'The Prisoner' episode. 
  225. The planet Mimban which Han find himself on in Solo was first referenced in the first Star Wars extended universe novel, Splinter of the Mind's Eye.
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  226. The return of Darth Maul was obliquely hinted at in the movie. The name Crimson Dawn, the artifacts that Vos had collected in his study and Qi'ra's use of Teras Kasi.
  227. E.T. creatures made a cameo appearance in The Phantom Menace
  228. The Millennium Falcon is spied landing on Coruscant in Revenge of the Sith. This was prior to Lando or Han Solo owning it!
  229. While Ray Park is famous for playing the Sith Lord, Darth Maul, Peter Serafinowicz actually voiced the character.
  230. 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.
  231. 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.
  232. 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.
  233. Revenge of the Sith featured a lot of hands being cut off. Anakin loses one to Obi-Wan, Mace Windu loses one to Anakin, and Obi-Wan cuts two of General Grievous' hands off and Dooku loses two to Anakin.
  234. The sound effect when Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber is kicked down the reactor shaft in the climactic battle with Darth Maul, is the same sound effect heard when Luke Skywalker throws his lightsaber away in Return of the Jedi. You know, when he tells the Emperor that he is a Jedi, like his father before him!
  235. Wedge Antiles makes a cameo of sorts in Rogue One. 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.phantom menace concept art
  236. George Lucas made his first and only Star Wars cameo in Revenge of the Sith. He dressed as a Pantoran senator, Baron Papanoida. You might not have recognized him as he all dressed up in blue body paint! His daughter also cameoed with him at the same time. This is perhaps to mirror his rhyming (ring theory) throughout the films as Return of the Jedi director Richard Marquand made a cameo in The Return of the Jedi.
  237. When Anakin is slaughtering the Tusken Raider in Attack of the Clones, Qui-Gon's voice can be heard in the background yelling "Anakin! Anakin!". This is no accident as Qui-Gon Jinn's Force-Ghost was trying to stop Anakin's rage but clearly failed.
  238. The shipping title of Phantom Menace was "The Doll House", Clones was "Cue Ball" and Sith, "The Bridge".
  239. Revenge of the Sith is the only Star Wars film thus far that does not feature R2D2 in the final shot (and Rogue One and Solo if they count!).
  240. In Revenge of the Sith, Anakin famously slices off Count Dooku's hands - look clearly once Dooku is dead and you can see them lying on the floor.
  241. Anthony Daniels did a cameo in Attack of the Clones - check him out in the bar scene where the assassin is caught.
  242. George Lucas took a lot of his inspiration for Star Wars from a film called The Hidden Fortress (amongst other things). 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 C3PO and R2D2. The two loosely serve to tell the tale of Star Wars from their viewpoint and naturally make a few saves along the way.
  243. Robby the Robot from The Forbidden Planet movie also inspired Lucas, especially the fact that Robby was a protocol droid.
  244. The band that plays the famous "Cantina' music in ANH is called Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes. The bald players are known as Biths. You can hire them for weddings.
  245. C-3PO has the first line in A New Hope (Did you hear that? They've shut down the main reactor) and the last line in the Revenge of the Sith (oh no!), neatly tying the two trilogies together.
  246. You know that bit where Obi-Wan feels the death of the people on the planet Alderaan? Lucas just took that from a Star Trek episode where Spock felt the death of 400 of his own Vulcan kind.
  247. Although Count Dooku is the main villain and is mentioned in the opening crawl of Attack of the Clones he does not actually make his first appearance until 76 minutes into the film.
  248. Before Anakin beheaded Dooku in the opening act of Revenge of the Sith, he cut off his arms, making him the 5th person to lose an arm in the franchise. This is in terms of order of the films coming out. If you go chronological order he was the third after Zam Wessel and Anakin.
  249. Christopher Lee played Dracula opposite A New Hope's Peter Cushing as Dr. Van Helsing in a few movies.
  250. While Count Dooku had taken his vow of being a Sith Lord and was so named Darth Tyranus, the novel of the film sheds some light on the plan he and Darth Sidious had been running. The two of them had intended to turn Anakin to the Dark Side to get and get him to lead a Sith Army. However, when Anakin had over powered him and was urged to kill him by Sidious, Tyranus realised Palpatine had never truly intended for him to be his apprentice but had merely been using him as a means to engineer the war and as a placeholder for his true intended apprentice, Anakin.
  251. When he was a Jedi, Dooku's first padawan was The Phantom Menace's Qui Gon Jinn.
  252. Dooku was at one time in scripting considered to be a female sith. The rejected concepts for this idea where eventually channeled into the development of Asajj Ventress, who appeared regularly in the animated Clone Wars show.
  253. Count Dooku only speaks a total of four lines in Revenge of the Sith!
  254. Due to Lee's age when filming his role, Kyle Rowling portrayed Dooku during most of the character's lightsaber sequences, Rowling's head was digitally replaced with Lee's during post-production work.
  255. In TLJ When Luke is projecting himself to Crait from the Island there are two clues for the viewer to understand this is happening. The first is his beard is brown and he appears younger - this is the same look as when he last saw Kylo Ren at the 'Jedi Academy' flashback. The second clue is while Kylo's feet where disturbing the red salt during the confrontation, when Luke walked over the same ground, no red salt was disturbed.
  256. Poe Dameron's name is inspired by JJ's longtime assistant Morgan Dameron.
  257. Christopher Lee appears in the Clone Wars film, doing the voice of his character.
  258. In the Attack of the Clones scene where Count Dooku visits his prisoner Obi-Wan Kenobi and tries in vain to recruit him to his side was not in the original shooting script. This scene was filmed during reshoots and was designed to deceive the film viewer into thinking that Dooku may not be an evil character after all. Other scenes had been filmed that showed a trial for our captured heroes where Dooku's allegiances were firmly established.
  259. 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."
  260. George Lucas took script inspiration from many areas - including 19 films.
  261. Marcia Griffin was George’s wife - she famously was the editor of the film and won an Oscar for her efforts.
  262. In Jedi, the green Twilek Oola has a nipple slip and George Lucas left it in every time Jedi was re-released. Maybe the Rancor was supposed to distract us?
  263. In Revenge of the Sith, all filmed shots of C3PO had the green screen set reflecting in his shiny gold armor, so digital effects artists in post-production had to digitally redo C3PO's armour frame by frame to remove any traces of the green reflection.
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  264. Legend has it that Carrie Fisher had a massive drug problem during the filming of Return of the Jedi. Cocaine was apparently her powder of choice. In Jedi you can see she wears an extra long fingernail which is just a perfect instrument to assist with the distribution of nose candy up the nose.
  265. Carrie Fisher has spoken many times of her struggles with bipolar disorder. You wouldn't wish this on any anybody. Watch this interview she did with the great Steven Fry. It gives a frightening context in how she struggled with this illness.
  266. 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. After Han Solo grabbed her 
  267. According to Fisher in her novel, The Princess Diarist, she and Harrison Ford had a three-month long fling during the making of A New Hope. Harrison was married at the 
  268. Carrie Fisher appeared as a nun in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. This movie was a weird Kevin Smith homage to Star Wars and featured an appearance by Fisher as a nun and Mark Hamill as a parody of himself. Carrie's cameo was the one that got the laughs...do you follow the good 
  269. A lot of people forget this but Fisher appeared in the classic movie When Harry met Sally. She was the 'friend' of Sally who ended up marrying Harry’s best 
  270. Carrie Fisher's mother is actually a famous actress in her own right, Debbie 
  271. Fisher was once married to one half of Simon and Garfunkel. It was Simon.carrie fisher in empire strikes back smiling
  272. Leia's golden metal bikini that she wore while strangling the slug Jabba the Hutt in Return of Jedi is perhaps one of the most famous bikini in the history of bikinis. Its iconic status in film history is perhaps only rivaled by Ursula Andress’s exit from the beach in James Bond’s Dr No. Many women (and the odd male!) like to dress as Leia and attend conventions dressed in the bikini.
  273. In Solo, Val mentions 'Bossk'. This is the Trandoshian bounty hunter seen in the line up of hunters during The Empire Strikes Back. We finally see Trandoshians in action in The Mandalorian - a group of them attack the Bounty Hunter.
  274. Leia says the last line of the movie Rogue One "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 of saying the final line of a Star Wars movie to three - the other two being The Force Awakens and Return of the Jedi.
  275. Fisher is to appear post humously in The Rise of Skywalker as Leia. JJ Abrams has worked her into the script by using deleted scenes and out-takes from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
  276. Director Rian Johnson came up with the title for The Last Jedi during his first draft and had to keep it secret for several years.
  277. Rian has confirmed that to his mind, The Last Jedi title refers to Luke.
  278. 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).
  279. Rogue One's director Gareth Edwards has a small cameo the Last Jedi as a foot soldier on Crait (he also had one in his own film Rogue One)
  280. Jimmy Vee now plays R2D2, formally replacing Kenny Baker following his death.
  281. 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.
  282. Rian Johnson watched three particular movies to help inspire him when writing the script for TLJ. 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".
  283. Canto Bight is on a planet called Cantonica. It is not named in The Last Jedi. 
  284. Carrie Fisher's sudden death in December 2016 meant she had not completed her audio dialogue re-recording parts for TLJ. The sound team had to take snippets of her work "from here and there" to get the job done.
  285. 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.
  286. The Last Jedi has 12 scene end 'wipes' compared to The Phantom Menace which had 55.
  287. Kelly Marie Tran by playing Rose Tico is the first major character of Asian heritage.
  288. George Lucas had absolutely no part in the development of the movie.
  289. 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.
  290. 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 say Kylo Ren. While Kylo's feet where disturbing the red salt, when Luke walked over it, no red salt was disturbed.
  291. Rogue One director Gareth Edwards has a cameo as one of the last Rebels on Crait - you can catch him in the trenches.
  292. DJ's name stands for Don't Join. As in 'don't join a side' - it's actually written on his hat in Aubresh.
  293. No light sabers actually cross each other in the heat of battle in TLJ a first for a main trilogy Star Wars film.
  294. If you look carefully in the TLJ movie, you can see Laura Dern's Admiral Holdo say “pew” when she fires her stun blast at C’ai Threnalli.
  295. When Poe says to Rey, "I know" this is a call back to Han Solo's famous quote.
  296. The initial working title of Rise of Skywalker was 'Black Diamond, before it became TrIXe - spot the roman numeral for nine in that name
  297. 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:luke hand shot in last jedi
  298. Rian was hired to direct the The Last Jedi just when J.J. Abrams was starting to shoot The Force Awakens.
  299. The amount of practical creatures in The Last Jedi is bigger than The Force Awakens and Rogue One combined.
  300. Adrian "Ade" Edmondson, of British Sitcom TV Royalty, has an extended cameo as a First Order Officer in TLJ
  301. Everyone knows that Admiral Ackbar's phrase "It's a trap!" has become almost more famous that Ackbar himself. But that was not the original line in Kasdan's script for Jedi. The actual words were, "It's a trick!". The real fact to point out is that Princess Leia called out to Luke Akbar’s famous quote in The Empire Strikes Back.
  302. The original Star Wars soundtrack remains the highest grossing non-popular music recording of all-time.
  303. One of the first ideas for Lando Calrissian was to have him as a clone who survived the Clone Wars who leads legions of clones. Ultimately he was made his own man and Jango Fett kind of took that role.
  304. Soundtrack composer John Williams has been nominated for over 40 Grammy Awards, winning over 20 times including several for Star Wars
  305. Rogue One was the first Star Wars film for John Williams did not compose the score
  306. Yaphet Kotto, was offered the role of Lando Calrissian, but turned it down. 
  307. 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.
  308. In The Force Awakens, Christopher Lee's niece played Doctor Kalonia! The doctor that tends to Chewbacca's arm wound would have been well known to British Star Wars fans as she was played by Dame Harriet Walter, a renowned stage and screen actress. There's a nice piece of symmetry here in that her uncle was Christoper Lee who played Count Dooku in two Star Wars films.
  309. The Starkiller base name was inspired by that word being the original scripted last name of Luke Skywalker.
  310. On Jakku in TFA, you can spot an old pod rusting racer - a nod to the great race in The Phantom Menace.
  311. Jabba the Hutt who had a brief cameo during the pod race scene in The Phantom Menace is listed in the credits as being played by "himself".
  312. 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 invented by Rian Johnson in The Last Jedi.
  313. 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".
  314. The Force Awakens' Captain Phasma's final armour 'look' was at one time a conceptual design for Kylo Ren.
  315. Phasma wears a black cape with red trim, the colours of the First Order. Given that Phasma was inspired by the Boba Fett character it's no surprise she has a cape as the original idea for Fett was to have him wear a cape / poncho in the style of The Man with no Name from Clint Eastward's Spaghetti Westerns.
  316. At one stage Carrie Fisher had not read The Force Awaken’s script but was desperate too. She tried to bribe costume designer Michael Kaplan to divulge details with a chance to see the red shoes from the Wizard of Oz that Fisher’s mother owned. Kaplan while tempted, he kept his mouth shut and never saw the shoes.
  317. The late and great John Wayne's voice was used in ANH - an old recording was manipulated and used for the Imperial spy Garindan - that's the guy with the big black nose that informs the Stormtroopers as to Luke and company's whereabouts. It's quite a cool bit of trivia when you understand that Wayne's The Searchers had a strong influence on the movie.
  318. In Saw Gerrera's cave in Rogue One there are paintings of monsters from director Gareth Edward's prior movies, Monsters and Godzilla.
  319. Solo was the first Star Wars film to not use the word 'Jedi'.
  320. 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.
  321. Rogue One's working title was 'Los Alamos'. Star Wars films have an odd naming history.
  322. Alan Tudyk famously played Enforcer Robot, K-250 in R1. He also filmed a small cameo as a pilot called Wray Nerely but it was cut from the final film.
  323. 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.
  324. To design the U-wing for Rogue One, 781 different drawings were done by Doug Chiang's concept design team before they decided on the final version.
  325. Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars film to be released on DVD and despite 'fan hate' it was a massive seller.
  326. Rogue One Director Gareth Edwards has a cameo in his film as a Rebel on the Tantive IV. He's the one that frees the ship to allow it to escape Darth Vader.
  327. The planet name "Coruscant" was originally used by author Timothy Zahn in his Thrawn Trilogy. George Lucas was going to include the capital world of Had Abbadon in Return of the Jedi, but adopted author Timothy Zahn's name for the Imperial Center from the Thrawn books when presenting the planet in the Special Edition and prequel movies.
  328. Solo was the first live-action Star Wars film to not include R2D2 or C-3PO
  329. Phasma's armour design was originally a concept idea consideration for the Kylo Ren character.
  330. The ship known as 'The Ghost' from the television show Rebels makes an appearance in the final Rebel attack on Scariff Base in Rogue One.
  331. In Solo, Mother Proxima is a White Worm. Her name is taken from the Bram Stoker book, The Lair of the White Worm.
  332. The sound effect when Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber is kicked down the reactor shaft in the climactic battle with Darth Maul is the same sound effect heard when Luke Skywalker throws his lightsaber away in Return of the Jedi. You know, when he tells the Emperor that he is a Jedi, like his father before him!luke yoda degobah concept design
  333. In The Force Awakens when Han Solo calls out to Kylo Ren using his real name of Ben, this is a direct reference to Obi-Wan Kenobi for he was known as Old Ben during his time on Tatooine as he looked over Luke.
  334. 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.
  335. 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.
  336. The Last Jedi’s 'iron' ship fakeout scene is a nod to 'Hardwear Wars', a short film which was one of the original parodies of Star Wars that came out in 1978.
  337. The Millennium Falcon is spied landing on Coruscant in Revenge of the Sith. This was prior to Lando or Han Solo owning it!
  338. Nick Nolte auditioned for the role of Han Solo.
  339. In the Solo film, there was a fourth member of Beckett's team called Korso but the character was cut in the editing room. You can actually see a few shots of him in the Mimban sequences. Korso was to be killed early on so that Becket would see value in replacing him with Chewbacca.
  340. That dude in the Rebel Base 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 the TV sitcom Cheers and the Pixar movies AKA John Ratzenberger.
  341. Princess Leia never actually gets to 'meet' Obi-Wan Kenobi. She sees him from afar when she's escaping the Death Star and 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…
  342. Cara Dune is the bad ass Rebel Shock Trooper that gives Mando some grief before teaming up to save the fishing village by bringing down the AT-ST. Played by Dead Pool actress Gina Carano, we suspect the character's name is a play on Carano's last name and a subtle to reference to the Dune novel which had a massive influence on the original scripting of A New Hope.
  343. When Han is caught in the mud during his first encounter with Chewie in Solo, his pose is very similar to the one of him in the frozen block of carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back.yoda training luke concept art
  344. 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.
  345. George Lucas made his first and only Star Wars cameo in Revenge of the Sith. He dressed as a Pantoran senator, Baron Papanoida. You might not have recognized him as he all dressed up in blue body paint! His daughter also cameoed with him at the same time.
  346. The so-called Tusken Raiders or sand people of Tatooine are the actual natives of the planet. The Jawa, Hutts, and Humans all came after.
  347. 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.
  348. In the original drafts of Star Wars, Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker were definitely different people - it wasn’t until the development of the 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.
  349. Every Clone Trooper in Revenge of the Sith is a creation of CGI wizardry. No clone costumes or helmets were manufactured for filming.
  350. “May the Force Be with you” has been said 16 times in the films.
  351. 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.
  352. The blue haired slave girl that can be observed beside Jabba the Hutt before the pod race wears the same slave costume worn by Princess Leia in The Return of the Jedi.
  353. Qui-Gon Jinn's communicator is a repurposed Gillette Sensor Excel Razor for Women.
  354. The Wizard of Oz has had a bigger influence on Star Wars than most people may realised.
  355. The font of the open crawl is called Franklin Gothic.
  356. If you ever wondered why Star Wars films feature so many English actors it’s because many of the films where made on the Pine Wood Studios sets - meaning casting of supporting actors in UK was cheaper than shipping them out from the US.
  357. Natalie Portman's voice was digitally altered to further distinguish between Padmé and Queen Amidala to confuse the audience who may have not picked the deceptive ploy. In addition, at the time of the film's release, the producers ran a disinformation campaign to suggest that Portman played both Padmé and The Queen at all times.
  358. The pod race scene was directly inspired by the chariot race in Ben Hur and featured several moments that matched moment for moment.
  359. The Guns of Navarone inspired the Death Star attack on the Yavin base climax.
  360. George Lucas funded the production costs of The Empire Strikes Back by himself to the tune of $33 million thus making it one of the most successful 'independent' films of all time. naboo star fighter dough chiang
  361. Return of the Jedi’s Ewoks were originally intended to be a tribe of Wookie, however, it was eventually realized that given Chewbacca could fly the Millennium Falcon, Wookie were not so primitive and thus the entire plot of the Ewok attack on the Shield generator would have seemed a nonsense. The Ewoks thus came into play for this reason – and also apparently it was thought a lot of kiddie friendly Ewok teddy bears and associated merchandise could be sold. You saw Caravan of Courage right? The Wookie were eventually seen on their home planet of Kashyyyk in Revenge of the Sith.
  362. The three pit droid units that the Mando gives grief to when he lands at Mos Eisely are the same kind as that featured in The Phantom Menace during the pod racing scenes. They are inspired by The Three Stooges.
  363. The story of Star Wars is told from the point of view of R2D2 and C3PO - this was inspired from the Japanese film The Hidden Fortress where the story was delivered by two bumbling peasants. Indeed, that film directed by Akira Kurosawa has had a massive influence on the story.
  364. The first view of Mos Eisley in Star Wars where Obi-Wan delivers his famous quote about it being a place of villainy and scum, is was shot from a place called Death Valley in California from what is known as Dante's View. with a matte painting added in the distance to create the visual.
  365. The real-world locations for places around Mos Eisley were filmed in Tunisia
  366. 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.
  367. During Revenge of the Sith Bail Organa and Yoda step into the hallway of Organa's ship and have a nice conversation about becoming rebels or something. It's the same ship that Darth Vader boards to capture Princess Leia Organa in the start of A New Hope.
  368. In the Mandalorian some of the parts the “Off World Jawa” can be seen to be holding having taking them from the Razor Crest are Volkswagen fuel injection rails.
  369. The famous Catina where our heroes met Han Solo in ANH is actually called Chalmun's Cantina.
  370. Ralph McQuarrie designed C3PO by taking liberty with the Maschinenmensch design from the classic 1927 film Metropolis. Robby the Robot also was an inspiration for the protocol droid aspect.
  371. Carrie Fisher had to stand on a box for most of her scenes with Harrison Ford in the original Star Wars films because she is a foot shorter than him. This was done so the actors would look better in the frame shot together.
  372. Everyone assumes Luke only appeared in the three original Star Wars films. Think about it for a moment and you’ll realise Skywalker appears as a baby at the end of Revenge of the Sith. He, of course, appeared for 30 seconds in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi making it 6 film appearances. Will we see Luke in Episode IX?
  373. R2D2 had a wee moment in Star Trek Into Darkness where he was spied being flung into space in an explosion. This also happened in Abram's first Star Trek movie. How did this happen? A certain company called ILM may have done the special effects CGI on both films!
  374. Contrary to popular belief, the city where Qui-Gon discovers a young Anakin is not the famous spaceport of Mos Eisley, but a different place called Mos Espa. Qui-Gon's description of Mos Espa is almost the same, if not the same word for word, as Obi-Wan's description of Mos Eisley during A New Hope.
  375. The orange doll that Rey has fashioned in her living abode in The Force Awakens is very reminiscent of the suits worn by the rebel pilots in A New Hope.
  376. After Padme dies in Revenge of the Sith, she is returned to her home planet of Naboo for burial - her body has been altered to make it appear like she was still pregnant - this is all part of the deception of to keep the existence of Leia and Luke a secret.
  377. In the trailer for TFA, when entering Maz Kanata's castle, our heroes observe a large array of flags. Many of them refer to the pod racing flags that racers like Sebulba and Anakin flew in The Phantom Menace. The Mandalore flag which is a link to Boba Fett as well. Many of these were removed from the final version of the film.
  378. 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
  379. The robot ‘Chopper’ from Star Wars: Rebels can be seen motoring around in the Yavin base scene in Rogue One.
  380. Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa was a major influence on George Lucas and his ideas for his films.
  381. R2D2 is taller than the Ewok 'Wicket' from ROTJ.
  382. George Luca's original Star Wars draft took a lot of 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.
  383. A lot of people miss it, thinking the C3PO is totally a 'golden rod' but his right leg is actually 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 what we presume was the original gold.
  384. 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.
  385. Every single Clone Trooper in Revenge of the Sith is a creation of talented CGI designers. No clone costumes or helmets were manufactured for filming.
  386. The name "Qui-Gon" derives from an ancient Chinese system of alternative medicine called "Qigong". The word "Jinn" refers to the "Djinn" one of the so-called genies of Arabian myth.
  387. The dice that were first featured in The Last Jedi were originally actually filmed in The Force Awakens but were cut from the film. In the Solo movie, they are first seen again when Han places them in his escape vessel.
  388. In Batman v Superman, Luthor's jail uniform reads’16-TK421’. Part of this number is the same as the Stormtrooper that was asked why he wasn’t at his post in A New Hope.
  389. In the Force Awakens, as BB-8 does some rolling to escape the TIE attack, two podracers can be spied in the background, a nod to The Phantom Menace.
  390. While the character's helment gives him a 360 view, in reality the actor who played Fett, Jeremy Bulloch could hardly see from under the helmet while filming!
  391. Boba's face has never been shown. Paging Judge Dredd!
  392. Legend has it that George Lucas was considering making Fett have a bigger role as an antagonist in Return of the Jedi however things obviously played out differently in the end!
  393. The iconic design of Boba Fett's armor is widely credited to Joe Johnston, who worked as a concept artist on Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. You might recognise Johnston as the director of Captain America: The First Avenger.
  394. Fett's famous braid is apparently made of the scalps of Wookie.
  395. No one knows the real reason his helmet has a round bump on the top!
  396. Captain Phasma wears a black cape with red trim, the colours of the First Order. Given that Phasma was inspired by the Boba Fett character it's no surprise she has a cape as the original idea for Fett was to have him wear a cape / poncho in the style of The Man with no Name from Clint Eastward's Spaghetti Westerns.
  397. Jeremy Bulloch cameod as Jeremoch Colton, the captain of the Sundered Heart in Revenge of the Sith. He drove the Correlian Corvette at the end of the movie:bulloch cameo sundered heart
  398. After an extra fell sick during the filming of TESB, Jeremy Bulloch was called in as a replacement to the Imperial Guard who escorts Princess Leia and pulls her into the elevator after she screams "Luke! It's a trap!". That means Bulloch has had three parts in the Star Wars films across three movies.
  399. Thor: Ragnarok director Taikia Waiatiti voiced the IG killer robot assassin in The Mandalorian.
  400. 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.
  401. The first and quite famous for it, Jeremy Bulloch, from the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Bulloch recently retired from the convention circuit. We think he's earned a fair break!
  402. Fett's name is only mentioned for the first time in Return of the Jedi when Han asks where he is
  403. Daniel Logan played the young version of Boba in the Attack of the Clones prequel and the voice of the animated Boba in the three-part Season Two finale and in Season Four of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series. Logan milks his role on the convention circuit as much as he can!
  404. Boba Fett's action figure was originally to have had a rocket-firing mechanism, but after a child choked to death on a similar toy, the Colonial Viper from Battlestar Galactica (1978), Kenner dropped the mechanism and made the rocket stationary
  405. Dickey Beer, was a stunt performer in Return of the Jedi. This involved the work in the Sarlacc Pit scene and Fett flying into the side of Jabba's Sail Barge.
  406. Jason Wingreen was the uncredited voice of Boba Fett and claims he was never paid for his work by George Lucas.
  407. John Morton as Boba did a quick turn in a Cloud City scene in The Empire Strikes Back.
  408. Temuera Morrison played the father of Boba, Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones. He's the dude who bought a gun to a lightsaber fight with Mace Windu! To be fair, Jango's Jet Pack misfired meaning he had no chance of defending himself by escaping Mace's purple power pulping device!
  409. Dryden Vos has a set of Mandalorian Battle Armor in his collection on his yacht in the Solo film. This is the same style of armor made famous by bounty hunter Boba Fett.
  410. Boba Fett was added to A New Hope Special Edition by George Lucas. He appeared in the scene in which Jabba the Hutt was added.
  411. When the DVD of the Empire Strikes Back was released in 2004, Temuera Morrison re-did the voice for the character to add a new consistency given he was Jango Fett and Boba was his clone - stands to reason they would have the same voice. leased in 2004, Tem Morrison re-did the voice for the character to add a new consistency given he was Jango Fett and Boba was his clone - stands to reason they would have the same voice.
  412. Five different people have played Fett in the movies, six if you count Morrison doing the TESB voice over.
  413. Boba was first shown in the television movie, known as the Holiday Special. He featured in a cartoon segment but his first public appearance was in a parade:
  414. Blue Harvest was the working / filming title of Return of the Jedi.
  415. Grand Moff Tarkin plays a very small cameo in Revenge of the Sith. He steps out from side to confer with the Emperor and Vader.
  416. 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 on a script written by George Lucas. There was no written script at all - Alan Dean Foster was writing the novelization of Star Wars and also the second book. He was as simply instructed by Lucas to write the book based on 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.
  417. Chewbacca doesn't say a word of English in any of the films he’s been in.
  418. Admiral Thrawn’s appearance in season 3 of Star Wars Rebels marks the first occasion that an extended universe character has been placed in the new formal Star Wars Canon. We believe that the second character to do get this kind of treatment was Saw in Rogue One going from Clones to the Big Screen.
  419. Thrawn's species is 'Chiss'. All Chiss are human like in their physical appearance, save the blue skin and red eyes.
  420. The name "Coruscant" was originally used by Timothy Zahn. George Lucas was going to include the capital world of Had Abbadon in Return of the Jedi, but adopted Zahn's name for Imperial Center when presenting the planet in the Special Edition and prequel movies.
  421. Zahn has said that Thrawn's character is a composite of various historical and fictional personalities, including Erwin Rommel, Robert E. Lee, Hannibal Barca, Alexander the Great, and Sherlock Holmes. Some of those names are the greatest military leaders of history.
  422. The Secret History of Star Wars by Michael Kaminski credits the Thrawn trilogy with reigniting the general public's interest with the Star Wars franchise.
  423. In Solo, the dude that L337 harangues when the droids are doing a cage fight? That's director Ron Howard's brother, Clint Howard doing a cameo.
  424. The Force Awakens' Captain Phasma's final armour 'look' was at one time a conceptual design for Kylo Ren. Phasma wears a black cape with red trim, the colours of the First Order. Given that Phasma was inspired by the Boba Fett character it's no surprise she has a cape as the original idea for Fett was to have him wear a cape / poncho in the style of The Man with no Name from Clint Eastward's Spaghetti Westerns. Phasma's chrome armour is said to be taken from a space yacht built on the planet Naboo that Palpatine owned. The suit is thus able to repel radiation however Phasma used the recycled chrome as a symbol of might and power.
  425. Denis Lawson who famously played X-Wing pilot Wedge is the real life uncle of Ewan McGregor who played Obi Wan Kenobi in the prequel films!
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  426. The wise wizard Gandalf from Lord of the Rings was a huge influence on the character of Obi Wan Kenobi - so much so that an early draft of the Star Wars script featured lines cribbed directly from the pages of Tolkien! For the Phantom Menace, an early idea that George Lucas had was for Qui-Gon Jinn to have long white hair. In hindsight that was a wise choice as it sounds that would have been too much like Gandalf the White.
  427. In The Force Awakens, no one loses a limb on screen, a first for a Star Wars film. Given the franchise's long tradition of characters losing limbs, The Force Awakens was the first Star Wars movie where no one loses an arm. In the novelisation of the film there is a scene where Ankar Plutt arrives at Maz Kanata's castle to retrieve the stolen Millennium Falcon. Chewbacca intervenes when Plutt accosts Rey and rips his arm off. The scene was filmed but cut for the final edit. The scene was released with the DVD/BLU Ray.
  428. Captain Phasma’s chrome armour costume is said to be taken from a space yacht built on the planet Naboo that Sith Lord Palpatine once owned. The suit is thus able to repel radiation however Phasma used the recycled chrome as a symbol of might and power and to intimidate.
  429. The first view of Mos Eisley in Star Wars where Obi Wan delivers his famous quote about it being a place of villany and scum, is was shot from a place called Death Valley in California from what is known as Dante's View. with a matte painting added in the distance to create the visual.
  430. The name of the famous cantina is Chalmun's Cantina. A well known haunt of freighter pilots and a host of other dangerous characters it is where Han shot Greedo first and where Obi Wan cut off Ponda Baba's arm.
  431. In 1974, the not yet famous director Steven Spielberg approached Williams to compose the music for his feature directorial debut, The Sugarland Express. They teamed up again a year later for Spielberg's second film, Jaws. This success led to Spielberg recommending Williams' services as a composer to George Lucas, who needed a composer to score Star Wars. The rest is history.
  432. Speilberg and Lucas swapped some points on Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind due to Lucas’s concern he had made a box office flop. Lucas was famously wrong and Speilberg made a fortune from the exchange.
  433. Speilberg actually gave Lucas a lot of advice on the editing of the film.
  434. He was even a second unit director on Revenge of the Sith.
  435. Orson Krennic’s name is probably a reference to Orson Welles.
  436. In The Mandalorian show, the Mando returns to this Canatina when he meets Toro Calican. He is sitting posed like Han Solo was in ANH with his legs up on the table.
  437. Despite being one of the most famous and well known villains in the history of movie making, Darth Vader actually has only 12 minutes of screen time in A New Hope! That's four minutes less than the screen time of Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs - and Anthony Hopkins got an Oscar for the part! What an impact Vader has had.
  438. David Lynch was offered the chance to direct Return of the Jedi but turned it down. Can you imagine how crazy Jedi could have turned out if Lynch had cast his magic over the film? Lynch actually chose Dune as his next film, and while it wasn't an amazing film, it has gone on to earn its place in film history. It was also probably just as well that Sting didn't have a role in Jedi either.....
  439. Rogue One 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.
  440. Everyone assumes Luke only appeared in the three original Star Wars films. Think about if for a moment and you’ll realise Skywalker appears a baby at the end of Revenge of the Sith following Padme Amidala giving birth to him and Leia at the medical facility on Poliss Massa.
  441. In the original drafts of Star Wars, Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker were definitely different people - it wasn’t until the development of the Empire treatment that the two were combined as one character.
  442. 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!
  443. In Solo, did you see the dice in Han's land speeder? They are the ones that make it on to the Falcon. They become a minor plot point in The Last Jedi and can be seen a deleted scene of The Force Awakens.
  444. The symbol of the Rebel Alliance is called the "Starbird" and is sometimes described as a rising Phoenix. It was adopted in recognition of the work Galen Marek did in helping found the Alliance. It was originally the Marek family's emblem. This name should not be confused with Galen from Rogue One. This probably means the original reasoning for this alliance symbol is no longer canon but until George Lucas personally calls me on this point, it's staying.
  445. When Lando and Becket talk about how Beckett killed Aurra Sing, they are making a reference to the character that can be briefly glimpsed in The Phantom Menace. Aurra Sing featured in The Clone Wars show.
  446. In Solo, Lando muses that 'mining colonies are the worst' it's a joke to the audience about where Lando ends up as the Administrator of one in The Empire Strikes Back.
  447. Solo is the first Star Wars film where R2D2 and C3PO do not show up. Anthony Daniels does however do a cameo in the Spice Mines scenes, playing Sagwa, one of the Wookies that Chewie saves.
  448. In TLJ When Luke raps Rey over the knuckles with the plant, that's a call back to when Yoda trained Luke in Empire.
  449. Myth - 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 the 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.
  450. The Mandalorian series was largely is written by Iron Man veteran Jon Favreau. His prior connection to the Star Wars universe was voicing the character Pre Vizsla on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  451. The Mandalorian's rifle was inspired by the rifle that Boba Fett had on his person in the animation segment of infamous The Star Wars Holiday Special.
  452. The dude frozen in carbonite at the end of the line of blocks in Episode One is Moralo Eval who was featured in The Clone Wars.
  453. Disney canceled the ill fated Josh Trank directed Bobba Fett feature film in favour of The Mandalorian
  454. The creature of the same species as Yoda that is 'rescued' by the Mandalorian represents the third time such a creature has been spied in a Star Wars feature - Yoda of course, and Yaddle from the original version of The Force Awakens and now 'Baby Yoda'.
  455. Mandalorian Lead actor Pedro Pascal was the thirteenth actor from Game of Thrones to appear in the Star Wars franchise.
  456. Producer Jon Favreau gave Pascal the esteemed films of director Akira Kurosawa to watch before filming began. Kurosawa's films inspired George Lucas's original script for A New Hope.
  457. Writer and producer Jon Favreau had written four of the scripts for The Mandalorian before he even had a deal to make the show!
  458. The reference to Life Day in the Mandalorian is the second 'new canon' reference to the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special television movie - the same one which Boba Fett first appeared in. The other reference was in the Solo film where we learned Chewbacca's father's name.
  459. In episode 1 of The Mandalorian, The Big Bang Theory’s Brian Posehn plays the snowbound speeder Lyft driver who gets eaten by the ice creature.
  460. R1 Character 'Saw Gerrera' originally featured in Star Wars: Clone Wars television show. Gerrera is played by Oscar winner, Forrest Whitaker.
  461. In S1E2 - when the Jawa drops the item on Mando's head - a distinctive bell clanging sound is heard - this is a straight lift from the classic Looney Tunes style of comedy when a dropped anvil hits someone's head.
  462. In Rogue One, Genevieve O'Reilly reprised her role as Mon Mothma, whom she previously played in Revenge of the Sith. You might not know it though as her scenes were cut! You can find them on the DVD and Youtube.
  463. Garry Whitta filmed a cameo as a pilot for R1 but his moment was cut.
  464. Episode 4 of The Mandalorian was directed by Bryce Dallas Howard - star of the Jurassic Park remakes and the daughter of Ron Howards - who directed the Solo film.
  465. The container in which the Imperial Steel is held (referred to as a Contomo) is actually the same as the infamous 'ice-cream maker' that was carried during the evacuation of Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back:contomo empire
  466. The Mandolorian’s pistol weapon is modeled on a Bergmann pistol.
  467. In the same vein, the joystick in the Razor Crest is a commonly used Thrustmaster joystick.
  468. Mando > Season One: Episode 4: Sanctuary is basically one giant reference to The Magnificent Seven and the film that inspired it, The Seven Samurai. This is classic Star Wars - many Western films have inspired the past films (John Wayne 's cowboy in The Searchers for example) and the Mandalorian is not short on positioning itself as a Western.
  469. Bossk’s suit from Empire was a high pressure suit used by RAF pilots.
  470. In Empire, before Darth Vader’s arrival, there was to be a Wampa Attack on the Hoth Rebel base. Indeed, a cutscene that was reference in Empire's trailer featured C3PO removing a sign from a door which he hoped Imperial troops would enter and come face to face with captured Wampa.
  471. The Hoth scenes of that movie were actually shot in Norway.
  472. Empire was the first movie to have a number by its title in the opening credits - V. The original Star War was not called A New Hope or Episode 4, this came later.
  473. C3PO's most famous quote is perhaps "I suggest a new strategy, Artoo: let the Wookie win." which pretty much speaks for itself! As a side note, that game between Chewbacca and R2D2 was never finished. When Finn bumps the table in The Force Awakens, it's the same game of Dejarik from A New Hope! That game is also referenced in the Han Solo film.
  474. When Obi-Wan finds General Grievous on the planet Utapau, his first words are, "Hello, there." This is exactly what said when he first met R2-D2 in ANH. It's now a famous internet meme…
  475. Harrison Ford's ex-wife, Melissa Mathison, wrote the script for the Speilberg film "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial".
  476. The award Han and Luke receive at the end of Star Wars is called the Alderaanian Medal of Freedom. Which is nice as they are on the planet Yavin.... (because they can't be on Alderaan. Which makes me wonder where they got enough official medals from...).
  477. Behind the production scenes, Wedge's character has been a bit all over the place. In the original film, Antilles was played by two British actors: Colin Higgins and Denis Lawson, however, they vocal contributions were non-existent as they were both dubbed with the voice of American David Ankrum! Legend has it that Higgins had not learned his lines (the original script had more than was featured in the movie) and so he was fired and replaced by Lawson.
  478. Fun fact: Anthony Daniels voiced Legolas in Ralph Bakshi's animated film version of The Lord of the Rings.
  479. In Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Qui-Gon Jinn's voice is heard shouting "Anakin! Anakin!" passing through the Force when master Yoda senses wayward Anakin Skywalker's slaughter of the Tuskens. The novelization of the film narrates this is the first time that Yoda encounters a Jedi's spirit who has passed into the Force. Near the end of Revenge of the Sith Yoda reveals to Obi-Wan that Qui-Gon has "returned from the netherworld of the Force" to teach them how to become one with the Force. Yoda and Obi-Wan receive this training during their exile on the planets of Dagobah and Tatooine.
  480. Rogue One’s working title was 'Los Alamos'.
  481. Yoda was not originally intended to be in Return of the Jedi, but he was added after consultation with child psychologists helped George Lucas decide he needed an independent character to confirm Darth Vader's claim that he is Luke Skywalker's father. Now you know why Yoda doesn't do much for the rest of the movie. That and the fact he died of old age.
  482. Ben Kingsley, who played the title role in the 1982 movie Gandhi, read for the role of Emperor Palpatine and “was considered ‘very English.’ That said, Palpatine was eventually played be Englishman Ian McDiarmid... there's a reason why so many English actors are in Star Wars.
  483. There's a really cool connection to the classic sci-fi film, The Day the Earth Stood Still. That film's alien character was called Klaatu. In Jedi, the mechanic on Jabba's sail barge is named the same as tribute to the film.
  484. Visual effects legend John Knoll came up with the story for Rogue One. He pitched it to Kathleen Kennedy and the rest is history.
  485. Rogue One’s first draft was Garry Whitta. 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. Then Tony Gilroy came in and rewrote and reshot the ending, saving the movie.
  486. Given Gilroy’s rescue job, he’s been given a shot at helming the Cassian Andor’s spin off show.
  487. A New Hope won six Academy Awards.
  488. Lucas was nominated for Best Director but did not win the Oscar.
  489. Empire only won one for Best Sound.
  490. 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”.
  491. Treat Williams has a small cameo in The Empire Strikes Back - he’s in a Hoth scene.
  492. How did Captain Phasma get her name? The Force Awakens' director JJ Abrams named Phasma because of the amazing chrome design that came from Michael Kaplan’s wardrobe design team. It reminded him of the murderous silver ball in the film Phantasm.
  493. Leia kissed Han Solo 8 times across the film saga.
  494. The famous poster for The Empire Strikes Back which was modeled on Gone With the Wind:
  495. Carrie Fisher did a Play Boy magazine article where she mused Darth Vader might be gay...
  496. In A New Hope, Leia knew they were being tracked - she was betting the farm they could do something with the stolen plans.
  497. In Return of the Jedi, Luke wears a lot of black - this is to help suggest he’s heading down towards the dark side of the Force. Once, he’s bested his father and announced he is a Jedi, like his father - we see underneath his costume is white - signalling that underneath his stresses, Luke was always the good guy.
  498. Carrie Fisher closed out three Star Wars films with Princess Leia saying the last line.
  499. The bounty hunter losing her arm in the beginning of Clones mirrors the Wampa losing his arm at the beginning of Empire - both moments serve to foreshadow Luke and Anakin Skywalker each losing a limb their respective film.
  500. When Luke is projecting himself to Crait from the Island in the Last Jedi there are two clues for the viewer to understand this. The first is his beard is brown and he appears younger - this is the same look as when he last saw Kylo Ren at the 'Jedi Acadmey'. The second clue is while Kylo's feet where disturbing the red salt during the confrontation, when Luke walked over it, no red salt was disturbed. You could also argue that fact there was a short close up of Luke' X-Wing rusting away underwater was a sign he couldn't have travelled via space to Crait.
  501. HAN. SHOT. FIRST.
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