15 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Wedge Antilles

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Rebel fighter pilot Wedge Antilles has long been a fan favorite from the original Star Wars trilogy, which is saying something, seeing as the guy only had very few lines of dialogue compared to someone like Han Solo or Luke Skywalker. Of course, that doesn't mean much to fans of the franchise, and whenever Wedge pops up on the silver screen, theaters across the globe are filled with cheers.

Wedge is an important minor character for a number of reasons, but because he wasn't heavily featured in the original Star Wars trilogy, there are tons of things you probably don't know about him. Wedge Antilles may be the best pilot in the Rebellion, but so much happened off the screen that only the most hard-core fans know about his involvement with Phantom Squadron, the Battle of Jakku, and other interesting facts.

It's not surprising that more has gone on behind the scenes concerning Wedge than other popular characters. After all, most fans know a ton about the likes of Darth Vader and Ahsoka Tano, while the more interesting tidbits about pilots like Wedge fall to the wayside. This list aims to fix all of that by highlighting some of the more interesting things you probably didn't know about Wedge Antilles. Check the facts out below, and be sure to upvote your favorites!

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    Wedge Is The Only Pilot To Survive Attacks On Both Death Stars

    Wedge Is The Only Pilot To Survive Attacks On Both Death Stars
    Photo: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox

    This is a perfect example of a fact you didn't know you already knew. If you go back through the original Star Wars trilogy and look into who took part in the destruction of the Death Star, Wedge Antilles is the only X-Wing pilot (who isn't Luke Skywalker) to survive. He had to bail on Luke at the last minute during the trench run at the Battle of Yavin, and he was instrumental in destroying the second Death Star a few years later.

    Even the crew of the Millennium Falcon is switched up for the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi. Instead of Chewbacca and Han Solo coming in to save the day, it's Lando Calrissian and Nien Nunb, and they were accompanied by Wedge aboard his X-Wing. Luke, Han, Chewie, Leia, and the Droids were all hanging out on Endor, dismantling the shield generator. Of all the pilots who took part in both battles, only Wedge Antilles managed to safely land his starfighter and survive.

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    Wedge Was Born And Grew Up On Corellia

    Wedge Antilles was born on the core planet of Corellia, which is also the location of some of the most prolific shipyards in the galaxy. Corellians are well-known for their talents in creating all manner of ships, from the smallest corvettes to the larger capital vessels used by every fleet in the galaxy.

    Wedge grew up watching many of those ships take flight, and when he was old enough, he got as close to that action as possible by taking a job as a mechanic at a fuel depot. Eventually, he learned to fly a cargo vessel out of the Corellian ports, and from there, he went on to become one of the best pilots around.

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    Wedge Established A Flight Academy On Hosnian Prime Where He Taught Poe Dameron And Many Other Pilots

    Once the Empire was finally defeated with all the remnants either destroyed or captured, Wedge settled on Hosnian Prime. He established his own flight academy, where he took the time to train the next generation of starfighter pilots. He met some exceptional pilots during this time, but his best student, who could easily be called his protégé, was none other than Poe Dameron.

    Dameron's parents were both members of the Rebel Alliance, and the young pilot wanted to follow in their footsteps. To this end, he joined the New Republic Defense Fleet, where he found himself under the tutelage of Antilles. He was easily the best student Antilles ever taught, and it wasn't long before Dameron rose through the ranks of the New Republic.

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    Wedge Came Out Of Retirement To Take On The Final Remnants Of Darth Sidious' Empire

    The last canon appearance of Wedge Antilles in a feature film (so far) came via a surprise cameo of Denis Lawson in The Rise of Skywalker. He was aboard one of the many vessels called to action at the Battle of Exegol to comprise the citizens' fleet. Instead of piloting his own X-Wing into combat, he hopped aboard the Millennium Falcon, where he manned the guns.

    It was great to see Lawson reprise his role, but his appearance was more than an actor's cameo because it extended the story of Wedge Antilles. Before the assault on Exegol, Antilles was retired and living with Norra when they were visited by Snap and his wife. They told him of the Battle of Crait and the deaths of Admirals Ackbar, Holdo, and Statura.

    The news of their old allies' deaths shocked Wedge and Norra to their core. They agreed to come out of retirement to join the Resistance by taking part in a mission to Corellia, Antilles' home planet. Later, when Lando put out the call for allies, Antilles didn't hesitate to join the fight. He joined Calrissian aboard the Millennium Falcon, which arrived above the planet only moments after Snap's death.

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    For Continuity, Wedge Wasn’t At The Battle of Scarif In ‘Rogue One’

    If there were one pilot most fans expected to see flying an X-Wing at the Battle of Scarif in Rogue One, it was Wedge Antilles. Of course, Antilles was nowhere to be found, and while many fans were left feeling disappointed over his absence, there was a good reason for it. It has everything to do with continuity by way of a single line of dialogue in A New Hope.

    In the first Star Wars film, Wedge approaches the Death Star and exclaims, "Look at the size of that thing!" He had never seen it before, so there was no way he could have been at the Battle of Scarif, where he would have seen the Death Star. This was clarified via a Twitter thread involving Matthew Wood and Pablo Hidalgo. According to Wood, "Wedge is on Yavin 4, announcing to flight personnel to report in & redirect to Scarif, MTFBWY. He stays on Yavin."

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    In ‘A New Hope,’ Wedge Is Technically Played By Three People: Colin Higgins, Denis Lawson, And David Ankrum

    While it's well known that Wedge Antilles was played by Denis Lawson, that little fact makes the portrayal of the character incredibly strange and confusing. In A New Hope, he was played by Colin Higgins (pictured). Because George Lucas wanted him to have an American accent, he had another actor, David Ankrum, dub over Higgin's dialogue, so there are already two people playing him in A New Hope.

    Higgins only played Antilles during the pictured Death Star briefing scene. Inside the cockpit of his X-Wing, Wedge suddenly looks different because he was played by Lawson. This was due to Higgins' inability to remember his lines, resulting in his termination from the production. While this was happening, Ankrum continued to dub the lines, so Wedge Antilles' first appearance in A New Hope is played physically by two actors. However, his voice is played by another actor the audience never sees.

    In The Empire Strikes Back, Lawson provided the voice without any over-dubbing, as he had worked on his American accent to make the character his own. The next time Antilles hit the screen came in Star Wars Rebels when his image was modeled after Lawson's appearance with voice work provided by Nathan Kress. In Rogue One, Antilles doesn't appear, but his voice is heard over the PA system, and it's provided by David Ankrum once more. Finally, Antilles appears in The Rise of Skywalker, and he is once again played by Denis Lawson. Pretty confusing, isn't it?