People are getting excited about the new Star Wars movie that’s due to come out next year, and rightfully so. Even with the missteps that were the prequels, it remains one of the great modern American stories of all-time. Sure, it was highly derivative and didn’t always feature the best writing in the world, but as far as good versus evil goes, when it comes to the world of film it just doesn’t get much better. So with the cast of the new Star Wars having recently been announced and filming about to begin, what better time to go back and look at some of the coolest facts about the Star Wars universe? 1.
Wedge Antiles and Obi-Wan Are Related
Okay, so X-Wing pilot Wedge Antilles isn’t related to Obi-Wan in the movies, but Denis Lawson, the actor who played Wedge, is the uncle of Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan in the prequels.
Chewbacca is Based on George Lucas’s Dog
In the Star Wars universe, man’s best friend is Chewbacca, and that makes sense considering the character was inspired by George Lucas’s dog – which, by the way, was named Indiana, so yes, that dog inspired another famous Lucas character as well.
The Dark Side Almost Won in Return of the Jedi
Believe it or not, at one point George Lucas toyed with the idea of Luke Skywalker giving in and becoming the new Vader at the end of Return of the Jedi, throwing out the concept of Luke placing the helmet on his own head and turning to evil.
The Original Star Wars Prompted Lucas to Leave the DGA
Because the unusual opening credit sequence was not approved by the Director’s Guild of America, George Lucas actually quit that group in order to keep the opening scrawl as the lead in to the film.
Christopher Walken was Almost Han Solo
Look, we love Christopher Walken as much as everyone else, but can you imagine how insane the character would have ended up had Walken gotten the role rather than Harrison Ford?
Han Solo was Frozen in Carbonite in Case Ford Didn’t Return
It’s not much of a secret that Harrison Ford has never been a huge fan of his Han Solo character, and in fact for a while it wasn’t clear whether he’d appear in Return of the Jedi – so Lucas decided to have the character captured and frozen, and if Ford had left the franchise, he’d have simply stayed that way.
Yoda Actually Has a First Name
Be honest, you always just assumed Yoda was like Cher or Madonna, a one-named diva who didn’t need a second name, but the fact is Yoda’s first name, never revealed in the movies, is Minch.
Obi-Wan Hated Star Wars
Despite becoming by far his most famous role – and he’s had some great ones – Sir Alec Guinness, Obi-Wan Kenobi himself, asked to be killed off because he hated the dialogue so much that he simply couldn’t stomach uttering them any longer.
Wookiees Were Created for An Earlier Movie
Well, Wookiees never actually appeared in any earlier films, but George Lucas came up with the idea of the animal for his film THX 1138, and apparently liked the sound of the word “wookiee” so much he decided to make one into a central character in Star Wars.
Stormtroopers are All Left Handed
Left handed people are often thought of as being pure evil, kind of like redheads, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that all of the Stormtroopers in the Star Wars universe are lefties (especially since they’re all clones, too).