STAR WARS FACTS

1. Yoda was almost played by a monkey.

According to the book The Making of Star Wars by J.W. Rinzler, George Lucas originally planned for Yoda to be played by an adorable monkey wearing a mask and carrying a cane.

2. “Ewok” was never spoken in the original trilogy.

The word “Ewok” is never uttered by a character in the original trilogy. Although, the species is identified in the script and closing credits.

3. Boba Fett’s face is actually visible in the original movies.

You may think you never see Boba Fett’s face in the original trilogy, but the actor who played Fett, Jeremy Bulloch, did stand in for an Imperial officer at the last minute.

4. “I have a bad feeling about this” became a running gag for the franchise.

The phrase “I have a bad feeling about this” or “I have a very bad feeling about this” is said in every Star Warsmovie.

5. Return of the Jedi almost had a very different ending.

In a story development session for Return of the Jedi, George Lucas toyed with the idea that after Luke removes dying Vader’s helmet, he puts it on, proclaims “Now I am Vader” and turns to the dark side.





6. ‘N Sync nearly had a cameo in Attack of the Clones.

Boy band ‘N Sync made a cameo in Attack of the Clonesat the request of George Lucas’ daughter. They were edited out of the final cut. Bye, bye, bye, Justin Timberlake.

7. Yoda has no determined species.

Yoda’s species has never been named. A mystery, it is.

8. Yoda is not a Muppet.

Legendary Muppeteer Frank Oz voiced Yoda and Jim Henson oversaw his creation, but he was built by a member of Lucasfilm. So don’t expect to see him at Kermit’s holiday party.

9. Depending on what movie you’re watching, Yoda has a different number of toes.

In The Phantom Menace, Yoda has three toes. But in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith, he has four.


10. There are no female fighter pilots in the original trilogy.

Even though female fighter pilots were in the original screenplay, they were removed from final cut.

11. Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey share almost the exact same production crew.

George Lucas admired Stanley Kubrik, and when he set out to make Star Wars, he hired so many people who worked on 2001: A Space Odyssey that the group was referred to as “The Class of 2001.”

12. The Star Wars prequels used computer animation to create legions of Clone Troopers

No physical suit of armor was ever built for the Clone Troopers in the prequels. Every single Clone Trooper was computer animated.

13. Qui-Gon Jinn used a Gillette razor for his communicator.

In Episode 1, the personal communicator used by Qui-Gon Jinn is actually made from a resin cast of a Gillette Ladies Sensor Excell Razor. Now that’s smooth.

14. E.T. was in The Phantom Menace — sort of.

The alien race of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial makes an appearance in Episode I: The Phantom Menace — officially connecting the worlds of Lucas and Spielberg sci-fi. A senator and his delegation from planet Brodo Asogi are present in the Grand Convocation Chamber when Queen Amidala calls for a vote of no confidence.

15. Ewoks speak Tibetan.

The Ewok language is a combination of Tibetan and Nepalese.




16. David Lynch passed on directing Jedi.

Acclaimed film director David Lynch passed when George Lucas asked him to direct Return of the Jedi.

17. Darth Vader is banned from all official Star Wars events.

David Prowse, the actor who portrayed Darth Vader (in form, not voice), is banned from attending official Star Wars conventions because George Lucas finds him annoying.

18. The sound of a TIE fighter engine is actually an elephant.

The sound of a TIE Fighter engine was created by combining an elephant bellow and a car driving on wet pavement.

19. Chewbacca’s voice is an eclectic mix of other animals.

Chewbacca’s voice is a mix of bears, walruses, lions, badgers and other dying animals.


20. The lightsaber noise comes from the familiar hum of an old television.

The noise a lightsaber makes is created by combining the hum of an old television’s picture tube and the buzz of a film projector’s motor.

21. You can use Star Warscollectible coins as real money.

The tiny South Pacific island of Niue accepts limited edition Star Wars collectible coins as legal tender.

22. Liam Neeson was too tall for Star Wars.

The sets for The Phantom Menace were only as tall as the actors, but they didn’t account for 6’4″ Liam Neeson. They had to rebuild all the door frames for Qui-Gon Jinn, which racked up an additional $150,000 in production costs.

23. There are enough fan tribute videos to recreate A New Hopeand Empire Strikes Back.

There are shot-for-shot re-creations of A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back made entirely of campy fan tribute videos.

24. Jabba the Hut was originally meant to be furry.

Originally, Jabba the Hut was not conceived as a grimy slug, but as a fuzzy creature.


25. George Lucas left the Directors Guild because of A New Hope.

George Lucas paid a fine and resigned from the Directors Guild rather than start Episode IV with a traditional credit sequence.

26. The iconic opening credits were created in an unorthodox way.

Filmmakers used a physical crawl to shoot the opening credits in the original films.

27. Harrison Ford almost wasn’t Han Solo.

Burt Reynolds was among the top contenders to play Han Solo, along with Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and Christopher Walken.

28. Empire Strikes Back uses the most stop-motion animation.

Of all the films in the franchise, Empire utilizes the most stop-motion animation.

29. Cliff Clavin makes a cameo in Empire.

Cheers and Toy Story actor John Ratzenberger has a brief appearance inEmpire Strikes Back. He’s the one who tells Han not to go out into the cold to look for Luke. Then he sits down for a beer with Norm.

30. Han Solo almost died at the end of Jedi.

Gary Kurtz, the original producer of Return of the Jedi, said that in the early story outline, Han Solo dies and the Rebel forces are left in tatters, with Luke disappearing into the wilderness. But George Lucas thought killing off main characters would hurt toy sales, so he changed the ending to a big Ewok party.

STAR WARS: JEDI FALLEN ORDER

There have been a lot of Star Wars movies released in recent years. But the same cannot be said for Star Wars video games. Outside of 2017’s Star Wars Battlefront II, things have been quiet. Fortunately, that’s set to change later this year, with the release of what has the makings of an exciting new title: Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order.

The new game is developed by Respawn Entertainment, the studio responsible for Titanfall and Apex Legends. That’s an exciting pitch in its own right, and we’ll be learning much more about what to expect soon. Jedi Fallen Order will be published by Electronic Arts, which still has the exclusive rights to produce Star Wars games for PC and consoles. EA has promised to showcase the game during its pre-E3 2019 event, EA Play, which takes place next weekend, June 8-9. Below, we’ve rounded up all of the information we’ve heard about the game so far, as well as some of the things we’re hoping to see from the game’s EA Play presence.

What We Know

As we have not yet seen any gameplay from Jedi Fallen Order, there’s a very limited amount of information we have. We were expecting to learn a lot about the game during its Star Wars Celebration panel, but that ultimately yielded only a story trailer and a minimal amount of information about how it’s a third-person action-adventure game. That said, Respawn boss Vince Zampella offered up some news that was received with applause and cheers from those in attendance: Jedi Fallen Order is single-player only and does not feature any microtransactions. “It’s a story game,” as he put it.

That story takes place between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. It centers around a young Jedi Padawan named Cal Kestis (played by Gotham’s Cameron Monaghan) who survived Order 66, Emperor Palpatine’s attempt to eliminate all of the Jedi after he establishes the Empire. This turns Kestis into a fugitive hunted by the Inquisitors. He’s intent on both completing his Jedi training and reestablishing the Jedi Order.

Jedi Fallen Order introduces a variety of new locations for Star Wars, including the planet Bracca, where we first find Cal hiding from the Empire. Over the course of the game, we’ll see some existing characters to complement the newcomers, including a companion named Cere, the droid BD-1, and Second Sister, an elite Inquisitor.

As for how things play, that remains a big question mark. Jedi Fallen Order was, unlike the vast majority of EA’s games, built using the Unreal Engine, rather than Frostbite. Respawn has used the phrase “thoughtful combat” to describe how the action plays out, and we know you’ll get to use both Force powers and a lightsaber, the latter of which evolves in some manner over the course of the game.

Jedi Fallen Order’s release date is set for November 15 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Pre-orders are already live.

What’s Confirmed For E3 2019?

EA has remained very non-specific about what we can expect from EA Play in general. For Jedi Fallen Order, it’s only promised an “inside look.” It’ll be among the games to get a dedicated livestream on Saturday, June 8; the company is forgoing a traditional press conference in favor of a longer broadcast where each game is featured for about 30 minutes. Jedi Fallen Order is scheduled for the first slot on June 8, at 9:30 AM PT / 12:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM BST (2:30 AM AET on June 9).

What We Want

Given Respawn’s pedigree, the expectations for Jedi Fallen Order are understandably high. But we still don’t know what the game looks like in action, so a close look at gameplay is an obvious must for its EA Play showing. Specifically, what does the “thoughtful combat” that Respawn has touted actually mean in practice? The studio suggested it means you can’t button-mash your way through a fight, but does that just mean the game is difficult, or that enemies have specific weaknesses that need to be exploited? And how exactly does your lightsaber evolve, and does that mean players’ experiences could vary in a significant way?

It would also be welcome to get some insight into how Respawn deals with the tricky task of presenting a challenging experience while still making you feel like a powerful Jedi. The Force Unleashed (a game Respawn could borrow from), for instance, allowed you to become incredibly powerful by the end of the game, but you were also suddenly dealing with such strong enemies that your cool abilities were rendered somewhat ineffective.

We’re also interested to get a firmer grasp on the story Jedi Fallen Order tells and why it matters. The Jedi Order isn’t rebuilt during the original trilogy, so how do you tell a compelling story during this time period if your actions may not end up having any impact?

One thing we don’t want to see: Any of the big characters, like the Skywalkers, Yoda, or Darth Vader. There are plenty of fun characters to bring into the mix, but we don’t need Cal to somehow happen upon the most famous characters in the galaxy. And whomever those returning characters are–save them for the game. Don’t spoil any surprises for the sake of adding some excitement to a trailer.