What does 'The Rise of Skywalker' mean?

Jan 25, 2020
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What does 'The Rise of Skywalker' film title mean?

Is it Luke's growth as a Jedi in the Force?

Is it revealed that Rey is a Skywalker and is Luke's son? We think that's a red herring still

Leia's lost daughter?

Or is it a reference to Kylo Ren, being of the Skywalker lineage?

Or maybe the title refers to those who use the Force under Luke's Force Ghost tutelage? Or those that follow his ideology are known as Skywalkers?

NO.

It is a little more simple than that.

The Rise of Skywalker ends with Rey, killing her GRANDFATHER, Sheev Palpatine (AKA The Emperor AKA Darth Sidous.

The Skywalker line has ended with the death of Princess Leia and Ben Skywalker.

Rey, who was once 'no one', takes on the mantle of Skywalker as her last name.

One could also argue that Ben climbing out of the pit and in his last act of life, he saved Rey, this was a literal Skywalker rising.

The film finishes with Ray visiting the original Skywalker family moisture farm and burying Leia and Luke's lightsabers.

She is then accosted by a traveller whodemands her name - to with she reveals she has taken on the Skywalker family name - as she does do the Force Ghosts of Luke and Leia overlook, signalling they are happy with her decision to carry the mantle of the Skywalkers.

It's not like Ben Skywalker can eh?

Here's a guide to the meaning of the other Star Wars films.

Who is Jonathan Hales, script writer for Attack of the Clones & how he saved George Lucas

attack of the clones production art Obi Wan and Jango

Johnathan Hales and his role saving the script of Attack of the Clones


Keen eyes may have noticed the name Jonathan Hales as being credited as a script writer on prequel film Attack of the Clones.

While the story was Lucas’, Hales was called in to help with the third draft as time was up – filming was due to start and the script was not yet finished – what a mess!

Hales was tasked with saving the film.

When it was a live site, Secret History of Star Wars noted that Lucas’s first “rough draft - not yet even a proper first draft-was completed in March of 2000 and it was typed up as he was boarding the plane to leave for the studio since production would begin in June.”

Given Lucas was directing and there were pressing production duties, Hales was roped in to help write the finer details of the movie.

He was a writer for Lucas’s Adventures of Young Indiana Jones and clearly had his trust to get the scripting job done.

Production was well advanced and it was in a position that producer Rick McCallum described to as like trying to build a skyscraper without a foundation. Ultimately the final production script was only able to be read by the actors three days before filming!

So what contribution did Hales make? 


The Secret History of Star Wars (now a defunct website) surmised that given Lucas also re-wrote Hales' last polish, his contribution to the script was “tenuous”.

This may not be a fair assessment as Hales did receive a full screenwriter's credit and under the Writers Guild of America screenwriting credit system, a screenwriter must contribute more than 50 percent of an original screenplay or 33 percent of an adaptation to receive credit.

Despite the suggestion of Hale’s work being mere polish (well, if that’s the case, how did he not pick up on the Anakin's sand quote business? Or did he write that line into the script himself?) Lucas must have been happy enough with his contribution to the script as Hales continued to do a fair bit of writing of the Adventures of Young Indiana Jones series.

All this aside, Lucas gave Leigh Brackett a credit for The Empire Strikes Back, despite evidence from Lawrence Kasdan suggesting her work did not contribute materially to the final version of the film.

As an aside, some famous film re-writes or script doctoring moments have gone uncredited including Star War's very own Carrie Fisher as a script doctor for Hook, Sister Act, Lethal Weapon 3 but even Fisher couldn't save Last Action Hero.

In such circumstances, script doctors often deliberately go uncredited, even when they do major work.

But what is this business referred to as script doctoring and why is this discussion suddenly taken place?

To answer the latter, it's an interesting tangent and it gives a good reason to talk more about Star Wars. The first part of the question refers to a scriptwriter taking an existing script and giving it 'another go' with a major restructure or simply tidying up some pacing issues, improving dialogue, fixing scene that wasn't quite working or coming up with a more suitable ending.

Did you ever hear of a scriptwriter called Tom Stoppard?

If you've ever had a cup of tea in his living rooming, you'd have probably noticed his big shiny Oscar gathering a fine layer of dust on the mantlepiece. He won it for a delightful film called Shakespeare in Love.

Tom Stoppard also has a massive connection to George Lucas which fans will be amused to consider.

George Lucas once asked Stoppard to do a  re-write of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - he did the final version of the film but is uncredited - screen writing credit is shared between 5 people but not Stoppard.

Now if we go cast back to Revenge of the Sith, the film turned out a lot different to what was original script - and we're referring to the fall of Anakin Skywalker to the dark side of the Force here. As the film was pieced together Lucas felt Anakin's turn was too abrupt and not logical.

Lucas did two sets of extra pick up filming to ensure his new story line of Anakin turning to the dark side of the Force was in response to his need to save Padme's life.

So who helped Lucas get this very late piece of story incorporated into Sith?

It must have been Stoppard who is credited as being the uncredited script writer that saved the film.

This was a secret let out of the bag by Hayden Christiansen in an interview with Playboy.

So there we have it.

A small insight into Hale's work on Attack of the Clones lead us to learning that Carrie Fisher is an actual script doctor herself and that one of the most famous script writers in history, Tom Stoppard helped Lucas with Revenge of the Sith.

Hollywood is clearly a who you know industry!

Rey's leaked concept art has a sweet Return of the Jedi reference

Jan 23, 2020

Do you remember this image above from the end of the Return of the Jedi?

Luke had been dressed in black for most of the film. It was a metaphor for his potential alignment to the Dark Side. He was Force choking Gamorrean Guards after all...not to mention the key offer from Mr Dark Side himself the Emperor to join the Dark Side - at which point he rejects the job offer which the classic quote:

I'm a Jedi, like my father before me.

Here's the video of it.

Post the Emperor's supposed death, we see Luke's costume has come undone after being zapped by Force Lightning, showing he was part of the Light Side of the Force all along.

And now cut to the concept art that was designed for Colin Trevorrow's version of Star Wars which was titled Duel of the Fates (the title is a reference to the musical piece from Revenge of the Sith).

Trevorrow's version was ultimately rejected by Lucasfilm and JJ Abrams was bought back on for another crack at the story which became The Rise of Skywalker.

It features Rey on a Star Destroyer with a double saber blade and - a costume similar to Luke's Jedi outside - with the same open flap:

rey double saber concept art

We think the concept artist did this as a specific nod to Luke's moment in Jedi.

This artwork can be found in 'The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' book.

The concept art book also features this image of R2D2 and C3PO on the planet of Coruscant (which featured in the prequels).

c3po tros concept art colin trevorrow

It strongly reminds me of this scene from Retun of the Jedi - one which was based on a similarly styled shot in the Wizard of Oz:

star wars wizard of oz parallel

Order the Art of The Rise of Skywalker:

Box Office Sales of Star Wars films

Jan 20, 2020
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How much money has Star Wars made?


When Star Wars was first released in 1977 it had a slow start but then word of mouth spread and suddenly the film was a LITERAL blockbuster.

People were queuing around the block to see the film. It was making ticket sale records by the week.

Back then, you couldn't book tickets to see films on your cell phone, you had to do it the old fashion way and if you wanted to see the film at a peak demand time period, you had to take a place on the sidewalk.

Anyways ticket sales were massive and Star Wars (before it became known as A New Hope) became one of the biggest money-making movies ever.

Collectively, the 12 Star Wars films on this list have a worldwide cume of over 10 billion dollars.

Star Wars Box Office Sales:


Film Title
U.S. Year of Release
Box office grossAll-time ranking
Estimated Budget
U.S. and CanadaOther territoriesWorldwideU.S. and CanadaWorldwide
The Skywalker Saga
Star WarsMay 25, 1977$460,998,507$314,613,557$775,512,0641998$11,000,000
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackMay 21, 1980$290,371,960$257,607,494$547,975,06798182$18,000,000
Star Wars: Return of the JediMay 25, 1983$309,306,177$166,040,934$475,306,17782231$32,500,000
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom MenaceMay 19, 1999$474,544,677$552,538,030$1,027,044,6771742$115,000,000
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the ClonesMay 16, 2002$310,676,740$338,859,618$649,436,35880140$115,000,000
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the SithMay 19, 2005$380,270,577$469,765,058$850,035,6354478$113,000,000
Star Wars: The Force AwakensDecember 18, 2015$936,662,225$1,132,561,399$2,068,223,62414$245,000,000
Star Wars: The Last JediDecember 15, 2017$620,181,382$713,358,507$1,333,539,889912$317,000,000
Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerDecember 20, 2019$495,154,801$534,600,000$1,029,754,8011540$275,000,000
Spin-off movies
Star Wars: The Clone WarsAugust 15, 2008$35,161,554$33,121,290$68,282,8442,370$8,500,000
Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryDecember 16, 2016$532,177,324$524,879,949$1,056,057,2731235$265,000,000
Solo: A Star Wars StoryMay 25, 2018$213,767,512$179,157,295$392,924,807189311$300,000,000

Star Wars Box Office Ticket Sales Facts


  • Six months after it's release,  it was the number one box office champion in North American history, having overtaken Steven Speilberg's Jaws in revenue. It held that record until Speilberg's follow up to Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial claimed it back. 
  • If you adjust ticket sale prices for inflation, then Star Wars is the 4th highest-grossing film in history, sitting behind Gone With the Wind, Avatar, and Titanic.
  • Side Fact - Lucas put ET aliens in The Phantom Menance.  
  • When the Special Edition of Star Wars: A New Hope was released, ticket sales saw it go up to number two on the all time list until Titantic drowned it. 
  • JJ Abram's turn at the helm, The Force Awakens sits at number 10 on the adjusted for inflation list. 
  • That said and even though Avengers Endgame is the current number one box office champ world wide, The Force Awakens is the number one film in the North American market. That's some pretty good mojo eh!
  • 5 Star Wars films have been the highest-grossing films for their release year - the original Original Trilogy films, The Phantom Menace, The Force Awakens, and The Last Jedi.

Which Star Wars actor has the highest film grosses?

This is a trick question. You would think given the success of his career and his many movie hits, that Harrison Ford would have sold the most tickets when you add up every movie he's been in.

But the Star Wars character that has sold the more tickets than Ford when you add up all the sales of the movies they have been in?

Well.

You know that guy in The Empire Strikes Back when Han Solo tells that guy he's "see him in Hell!" When that guy is actually a well known actor called John Ratzenberger.

You may know him as Cliff from the classic comedy show, Cheers.

Your kids might know him as Mr Potatoe Head from Toy Story and just about every single Pixar film. That's right, his voice over work means that he is the Star Wars actor with the highest career box office gross!

But.

Hold.

On.

To.

Your.

Buts.

The truth is that Mace Windu himself has a higher earnings total than Force - that's right Samuel L Jackson has had more earnings - three Star Wars prequels, a turn as Frozo in The Incredibles and various other big selling tent pole such as a few Avengers films, Spider Man, Captain Marvel et al have it over Harrison Ford.

Ford is actually twelve on the all time list, Jackson 2.

Mark Hamill comes in about number 50 when you add in the recent billion-dollar performance of The Rise of Skywalker and Carrie Fisher 45 (she had a better post Star Wars career than Hamill).

The number one player across all films? It's cameo king Stan Lee who has appeared in most of the Marvel films until his death. 

How Box Office Numbers are calculated 


The nominal value of the ticket price is added multiplied by the number of tickets sold to arrive at the Box Office gross. 

This form of Box Office is thus a measure of success using the current value of a dollar.

An inflation adjusted box office will adjust the current measure to a consistent value of a ticket, removing the effect of inflationary ticket prices. 

The adjusted inflation value can thus give an insight into how popular a film is across generations - and that box office champ is Gone With the Wind. 

One reason to account for this is the time in which is was released it was considered a brilliant film and also that it didn't have to compete in the current movie industry where it would have faced many competitors which meant it was screened forever.

How does Han always 'know'?

Jan 14, 2020
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My fave moment in Rise of Skywalker was the Han's Ghost or memory meets with BEN Skywalker. It was a nice, final send off for Han Solo. His I Know line has become iconic.

Everything you need to know about Darth Vader

Jan 1, 2020
Tis but a scratch!

Here's some facts and trivia bout Darth Vader


Here’s everything* you need to know about Darth Vader.

  • Who is he? Darth Vader was Anakin Skywalker before he became a Sith Lord known as Darth Vader. A fallen Jedi Knight, Vader became the 'evil henchman' of Sheev Palpatine who rose to rule over the galaxy. In reality, the first six Star Wars films are about the rise and fall of Vader’s character.
  • The Darth Vader mask that appeared in Revenge of the Sith was fashioned using a digital design to computer-lathe the base master, from which molds were made to cast the on-screen costume masks. This meant Vader’s mask was exactly symmetrical.
  • 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.
  • Vader's look was inspired by Nazi uniforms.
  • In the Alan Dean Foster novel, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, Luke and Vader have a duel and Luke chops off Vader’s arm. When Lucas decided that the novel would not form the basis of the second film the book was made redundant however Lucas keep the idea of the arm severing and reversed who did what. Which was again reversed in Jedi…
  • 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 ( See his drop by notes in the comments!).
  • Occasionally people think it was Vader’s son Luke Skywalker who brought balance to the Force. While Luke’s efforts helped with it, the actual of balancing the Force came when Vader chose to throw the Emperor down the well (as the Emperor was in the middle of killing Luke with Force lightning). Vader found the compassion or love for his son was greater the choice he made to follow the Emperor and fall to the Dark Side of the Force. Vader truly was the chosen one. Or rather, he used to be until Rise of Skywalker determined Rey was The Chosen One.
  • Vader was a defeated man. The main way he fell to the Dark Side was by way of trying to find a means to prevent his wife’s death. When he actually caused Padme's death what did he have to live for? Nothing. He was simply trapped as the heavy breathing vessel of Palpatine. He did eventually become obsessed with finding this son so they together could overthrow Palatine.
  • In A New Hope, the character has only 8 minutes of screen time. It was all that was needed to propel Vader to becoming one of the most popular bad guys in the history of bad guys in movies.
  • Vader’s theme song is known as the Imperial March and is often used to signify the arrival of a bad person by smart alecs who hum the tune as they enter a room.
  • James Earl Jones did the voice of Vader.
  • Vader’s confession to Luke that he was his father in The Empire Strikes Back is considered by many movie fans to be the best plot twist in a movie. This concept was not originally thought of by Lucas for the first film which clearly intended that Vader and Anakin were different people -please recall Obi Wan’s expository scene with Luke. The line said during the filming of the scene was “Obi-Wan killed your father” – a clever ruse to throw people off the real twist (which apparently only the team of Lucas, Kasdan, Kershner, and Mark Hamill actually knew the truth of).
  • Darth Vader is not German for Dark Father and thus is not a clue about his parentage of Luke.
  • Vader's voice turned up briefly in Rise of Skywalker when it was revealed Darth Sidious had impersonated him. James Earl Jones returned one final (?) time to record the voice. 

How Mortal Engines is basically Star War in a post apocalyptic Earth setting

shrike from mortal engines

The Mortal Engines film is sadly about to become the new John Carter of Mars, which is a real shame as it's such a fun movie, full of things moviegoers have never seen before. It'll probably end up some kind of cult film.

 One thing they will have seen is some of the moves Peter Jackson and friends borrowed from the Star Wars playbook!

Check them out! Beware, spoilers below:

  • When young Historian Tom Natsworthy becomes an 'aviator' and flys into the heart of the engines of London and fires a blast at a key part of the engine, well he would make Lando Calrissian proud because he and Wedge Antilles pulled that move destroying the Death Star II in Return of the Jedi. It also quite clearly echoes what Luke did in ANH.
  • Valentine's big reveal to Hester that he was her father took place during a duel where the stakes were life and death is obviously straight from the playbook of The Empire Strikes Back where Darth Vader reveals he is Luke's dad.
  • The whole, racing against time to destroy London before it fires the Medusa Weapon on Batmunkh Gompa's shield wall is basically the plot of the last third of Star Wars: A New Hope. i.e. Destroy the Death Star before it destroys the Rebel base. Star Wars did first borrow the concept from the Gregory Peck film, The Guns of Navarone for this idea.
  • The author of the novel, Philip Reeve also freely acknowledges he based Anna Fang on Han Solo.
  • The opening chase where London runs down a smaller, fleeing traction city, is a retread copy of the opening of Star Wars when Darth Vader's Star Destroy is chasing Princess Leia's Correllian Corvette, the Tantive IV.
  • Shrike's 'half man half machine' character echoes Darth Vader, particularly his quest to find his 'child' and kill her, only for her love to save his soul. 

If you think it's an outrageous thing that Mortal Engines borrowed so many material ideas from Star Wars, just take a chill pill and count the number of movie ideas George Lucas borrowed himself!

Not to mention the Dune novel inspiration...

Star Wars cosplayers do it Playboy Bunny style....

Dec 27, 2019
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This dude knows whats up
This is Star Wars cosplay awesomeness at its best - a collective of cosplayers bring the sexy back for Star Wars, Playboy bunny cocktail waitress style.

We can only wonder what the pillow fights after looked like....

Did you ever read what Carrie Fisher said when she didn't appear topless in Playboy?

How Leigh Brackett wrote the first The Empire Strikes Back script

Dec 26, 2019


How much of The Empire Strikes Back script did Leigh Brackett write?


Leigh Brackett's name famously gets a nod in the credits of The Empire Strikes Back as having been part of the writing team with George Lucas and Larry Kasdan.

Who is she and how much of the movie did she draft?

Who is she?

In this modern era of post Jedi, Thrawn and Clone Wars, I would bet three of our Earth dollars that most of this generation hasn't read a single Leigh Brackett science fiction novel or probably even watched some of the other films she wrote script for.

That's not to blame them for anything, neither has this author!

But back in the day, Leigh Brackett was a popular writer of science fiction novels such as, The Starmen and Alpha Centauri or Die! and had written a few movie scripts, notably Rio Bravo and The Long Goodbye.

Rio Bravo is considered an all-time great movie if you were wondering.

Eventually, George Lucas decided he needed some help with his second Star Wars film as his world had become so big after his ANH success and he asked Leigh for a draft of the film based on some of the ideas he had come up with.

Lucas relayed this story as their first conversation:

Lucas: Have you ever written for the movies?
Brackett: Yes, I have. Rio Bravo, El Dorado, The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye...

Lucas then paused briefly

Lucas: Are you that Leigh Brackett?
Brackett: Yes. Isn't that why you called me in?
Lucas: No, I called you in because you were a pulp science fiction writer!

The sad twist of fate is that shortly after completing her first draft, she died. Bracket and Lucas never even had a chance to talk about the words she wrote for him.

Cancer is a bitch.

George Lucas has been quoted from 'Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays' as saying:

"Writing has never been something I have enjoyed, and so, ultimately, on the second film I hired Leigh Brackett. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out; she turned in the first draft, and then she passed away. I didn’t like the first script, but I gave Leigh credit because I liked her a lot.

She was sick at the time she wrote the script, and she really tried her best. During the story conferences I had with Leigh, my thoughts weren’t fully formed and I felt that her script went in a completely different direction."

The man who took over from Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan later said of Leigh's draft “I only skimmed it. It was sort of old fashioned and didn’t relate to Star Wars. The characters all had the right names, but her story’s spirit was different. I’m sure that had Leigh lived, she could have made the changes that George wanted in an excellent way.”

Is that the end of it?

Not really. Lawrence Kasdan is also quoted in Cinefantastique Vol. 28:

"What I worked on was a draft of the script George had written, based on the story George had given to Leigh. I don’t know what of Leigh’s draft survived into the draft George wrote.

What George handed me was a very rough first draft, really somewhere between an outline and a first draft. The structure of the story was all there – it was the skeleton for a movie. What was needed was the flesh and the muscle.”

But Larry then totally sharpens his thoughts:

"Look, there's no question that Leigh Brackett was one of the great screenwriters of all time. But it was an odd job for her, and there's nothing of that draft left in "Empire."

Now, we should take some of that with a pinch of salt and understand that Kasdan was speaking in broad terms and a lot of what Bracket wrote in the first draft would have been changed, restructured and dropped and added by Lucas who did the second draft.

Effectively Kasdan comes in as the writer of the third draft and changed it all up again, including Han going into carbonite and the line “I’ll be back” becoming the “I know”.

But while that last Kasdan quote may ring around one's ears a wee bit, we can totally read Bracket's draft and decide for ourselves what carried over from her draft into the final move, and what didn't.

So what are some differences between Brackett's draft and what was the final script storyline?
  • Han Solo was not frozen in carbonite. 
  • There were no bounty hunters like Boba Fett or IG 88
  • As written by Leigh Brackett, Lando Calrissian's last name was Kadar and he was a clone of his grandfather... 
  • Planet names are different or changed around. Hoth is not an ice planet. 
  • Yoda is called “Minch”. He was quite a serious character in tone from the get go, rather than the joker we first met in Empire 
  • There's a plot where Han Solo needs to speak with his stepfather which was to lead into the events of the next film. 
  • Luke doesn’t have his arm severed by Vader - but is still rescued by Lando and ... Han Solo. 
This is not to say the ideas that Bracket and Lucas came up within their first run at the story idea aren't there thematically or didn't make it into production:
  • The opening of Bracket's work took place on an ice planet with Luke Skywalker getting lost whilst riding a white lizard (hey, remember that lizard Obi-Wan Kenobi rode in Revenge of the Sith...) the lizards became the Taun Taun and Luke was still attacked by some kind of snow man. 
  • Vader still used Han Solo as bait on the Cloud City to try and trap Luke. 
  • C-3PO still ends up in pieces on Bespin. 
  • Lando still is forced to cut a deal with Vader.
A bigger idea that was cut from Empire but introduced in Return of the Jedi was the relationship between Luke and Leia. The concept of Luke having a twin sister was introduced in Bracket's first draft. Bracket named the sister 'Nellis'.

This idea was obviously transferred to Leia’s character.

You can read the Bracket’s draft here and make up your own mind how much her draft influenced the direction Empire eventually took. 

The lies, quotes, card games that make space pirate Lando Calrissian awesome

Dec 23, 2019


The lies, quotes, card games and a ballsy attack on the Death Star that make space pirate Lando Calrissian awesome


If you were asked to ever name the most famous black person in a science fiction film you could be forgiven for saying Yaphet Kotto from Alien.

You could even be forgiven for suggesting Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury or even as Mace Windu.

But if someone prompted you with Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, and you were like 'huh?' then you'd never be forgiven because Lando is where it's as far as Star Wars characters go and one of the most iconic sci-fi characters played by a black man.

Yes, you have the space smuggler of Han, the wide-eyed boy of Luke and the Wookie charm of Chewbacca but when Empire threw Lando Calrissian into the mix, we got it all - the confident ladies man with a backstory we just knew we wanted to know more about.

He was the guy who seemingly betrayed his gambling buddy but all along was desperate to help Han and his old buddies. And as for Jedi when he lead the assault on the Death Star II? Legend.

So what is the back story of Lando? What is the trivia you need to know and what are his best lines?

We'll we'll do our best to share!



The Triva
  • 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. It's not the only thing Ford ad-libbed in Empire...
  • 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 in Attack of the Clones.
  • Originally scripted by Leigh Brackett as having the name of  "Lando Kadar".
  • Yaphet Kotto, who we mentioned above, was apparently offered the role of Lando Calrissian but turned it down. Clearly, Kotto perhaps made a bad call. 
The Back Story of the Millennium Falcon

While the Expanded Universe took Lando in some interesting directions, Empire suggested that Lando and Han had a long back story, indeed Han Solo won the Millennium Falcom from Lando in a game of Sabbac.

In the first instance, the 'bat ship' fell into the hands of Lando Calrissian after a card game of sabacc from a gambler called Cix Trouvee.



The Quotes

Lando, ever the ladies man had some pretty sweet lines in Empire and Jedi.

Empire Strikes Back quotes:
  • Why, you slimy, double-crossing, no-good swindler.
  • Having trouble with your droid?
  • You look absolutely beautiful. You truly belong here with us among the clouds.
  • They told me they fixed it! I *trusted* them to *fix* it! It's not my fault!
  • This deal is getting worse all the time!
Return of the Jedi quotes:
  • No, wait! I thought you were blind! (Han is about to shoot at the Sarlacc's tendril that is wrapped on Lando's leg
  • That blast came from the Death Star! That thing's operational! - it sure was Lando, pull up
  • Break off the attack! The shield is still up!
  • We're on our way, Red group, Gold group, all fighters follow me. Ha ha ha, I told you they'd do it!
The Rise of Skywalker

With Billy Dee Williams returning to the franchise as Landonis Calrissian, we really enjoyed his part in the film, while a slight nostalgia trip, the extended cameo appearance was heartfelt and gave the film some good bones.

  • "Why don't we find out?!" Lando to Jannah with the big implication she may have been his daughter the First Order abducted.
  • "Wookies standout in a crowd"
  • " My flying days are long gone. But do me a favor. Give Leia my love."
  • "I've got a bad feeling about this"


Extra for Experts

Luke Skywalker is arguably irrelevant to the last half of the Return of the Jedi.

If you think about it, in terms of destroying the Empire, Luke didn’t need to be on the Death Star as Lando Calrissian had that covered – the Emperor and Vader operating as two Sith Lords working in tandem to rule the Galaxy would have been destroyed when Lando blew up the Death Star. Right? 
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