‘Star Wars’: People’s Favorite Sequel Trilogy Cameo Almost Never Happened

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kelly Marie Tran, Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley

While The Rise of Skywalker has many detractors, however one factor that even the harshest critics can’t deny was the facility of seeing a number of faces from the Star Wars franchise’s previous rejoin the galaxy far, distant.

While a variety of consideration was given to Lando Calrissian and Emperor Palpatine’s returns, one other beloved character returned late within the film. Wedge Antilles has been part of the Star Wars saga since its inception, however his Episode IX cameo was virtually gone earlier than it began. 

Who is Wedge Antilles? 

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A fighter pilot alongside Luke Skywalker, Wedge Antilles is probably the greatest pilots within the galaxy. Starting with Yavin’s legendary battle and persevering with over the following three motion pictures, Antilles was not a Jedi like Luke, nor a scoundrel like Han. He was a uncommon glimpse into what it was like for the mortal troopers within the universe. 

While Wedge’s general function within the saga is small in comparison with everybody else, he turned a signature piece of dozens of various Star Wars-associated books, video games, and fan arguments all over the place. Played by the Scottish actor Denis Lawson, Wedge helped the franchise’s foremost characters keep on process with out demanding the identical accolades that the primary characters obtained. 

He was a glimpse on the individuals who needed to reside contained in the universe with out superpowers. He was a wonderful pilot, an ideal wingman, and Luke’s few non-Jedi buddies outdoors of his central circle. All of because of this few characters had the entrance row seat that Wedge had because the Star Wars saga took its kind. 

However, bringing him again to the galaxy distant took some convincing from the filmmakers behind Episode IX. 

Love-hate relationship

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Many folks within the Star Wars forged owe their careers to the franchise. Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and the remainder of the forged had been instantly elevated to the realm of Hollywood royalty after showing within the franchise. However, simply because many liked being part of the universe, others had a extra sophisticated relationship. 

Alec Guinness, who famously performed the elder Obi-Wan Kenobi within the unique movies, loathed Star Wars and continuously reminded followers who requested him for an autograph how a lot he hated being part of it. When Lawson wasn’t part of Episode VII, rumors circulated that he had comparable views as Guinness.

His personal nephew, Ewan McGregor, who went on to play the youthful Kenobi within the prequels, fueled these when he spoke about his uncle’s insistence that he didn’t play the function. 

“He was always really dismissive of it because he did a couple of weeks work, sitting in a cardboard spaceship,” McGregor mentioned of his uncle per Fantha Tracks. “And yet he had this massive following. It sort of annoyed him…. He was one of the people who said, ‘Don’t do it, don’t do it, don’t do it, and then the nearer I got to it, the more I wanted to do it…. I’m so glad I did because it was so interesting to be part of that.”

However, Lawson fought again at these claims.

Returning to the ship

Kelly Marie Tran, Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley
Kelly Marie Tran, Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney

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According to Lawson, he solely didn’t seem in Episode VII due to prior commitments. He chops up these rumors about his disdain for Star Wars and the function that many know him for as web nonsense, per Fantha Tracks. 

“There are rumours out there that I was very dismissive of the new Star Wars films and didn’t want to be involved. But that’s complete nonsense. I just wasn’t able to do the last one and the only thing I’ve ever said was that I get bored with journalists asking me about Star Wars and somehow that has been transposed over into me hating the films somehow. I didn’t do it because I couldn’t. It was a drag that I couldn’t do it.”

Luckily, Lawson was in a position to return to Wedge’s ship. Although his function was small, he was an important a part of the eventual victory that culminated the nine-film Skywalker saga. Regardless of what followers considered the films, seeing Wedge contained in the ship confirmed that the primary motion pictures’ occasions nonetheless affected those that weren’t sturdy within the power, both. For that, followers might be grateful. 

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