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Wedge Antilles
Position X-wing pilot, Rogue Squadron commander, Wraith Squadron commander, New Republic general, Supreme Commander of Corellia's armed forces
Homeworld Corellia
Species Human
Gender Male
Affiliation Rebel Alliance, Rogue Squadron, New Republic, Galactic Alliance, Corellian Confederation
Portrayed by Denis Lawson
David Ankrum (voice)

Wedge Antilles is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. He is a supporting character portrayed by Denis Lawson in the original Star Wars trilogy.[1] Antilles, also called the "greatest ace" pilot in the Rebel Alliance, also appears in the Star Wars Expanded Universe and is the lead character in most of the X-wing novels. Wedge is also notable for being the only Rebel pilot to have survived both Death Stars in combat. [1]

Antilles gained a considerable following from Star Wars fans, partly because he is one of the few minor characters, if not the only minor character, to appear in all three films, and survive multiple large battles without the use of a character shield.

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Depiction

Antilles first appears in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope during the Rebels' Death Star attack briefing. In this scene Wedge is portrayed by Colin Higgins and voiced by David Ankrum, who dubs the character throughout the film. Denis Lawson plays the character for the remaining scenes filmed in the X-wing cockpit.[1] Lawson also portrays Antilles in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi; his own voice is used in both these films.

Expanded Universe literature explains that Wedge's parents were killed when his parents' starship-refueling depot exploded.[1] He piloted a freighter before joining the Rebel Alliance as a starfighter pilot.[1] Michael A. Stackpole's X-wing books and several Dark Horse Comics series focus on Antilles and the rest of Rogue Squadron after the events depicted in the films. Antilles also appears in other Expanded Universe works, including the New Jedi Order and Legacy of the Force novels. Antilles is the player's character in the Rogue Squadron and Rogue Leader video games, and is a playable character in Rebel Strike.[1]

Appearances

Star Wars films

Wedge appears towards the end of A New Hope as an X-Wing pilot and a member of Red Squadron along with Luke Skywalker. His considerable dogfighting prowess is shown in the Battle of Yavin when he saves Luke by shooting down a TIE Fighter that Luke had been unable to shake. Along with Luke, he is one of the only three pilots to survive until the final attack run along the Death Star's trench. However, his X-Wing is damaged, and he is forced to retreat before the Death Star is destroyed. He and Luke are the only two X-Wing pilots to survive the battle.[2]

Wedge appears in The Empire Strikes Back as a member of the newly formed Rogue Squadron. He flies a Snowspeeder against the Empire's AT-AT ground assault. His Snowspeeder inflicts the first casualty against the AT-AT attack group by firing a harpoon trailing a tow cable into one of the walker's legs and circling the walker several times, causing it to trip and fall and allowing Rebel forces to destroy the walker.[3]

Wedge appears towards the end of Return of the Jedi as the leader of Red Squadron in the Battle of Endor. Along with Lando Calrissian, who pilots the Millennium Falcon with Nien Nunb, he leads the fighter attack on the second Death Star. His dogfighting prowess is shown again in this battle, as Wedge personally shoots down a number of Imperial TIE Fighters, and appears to easily navigate the narrow and treacherous flight spaces inside the Death Star that lead to its core. When he and Lando reach the Death Star's core, Wedge destroys the power regulator on the core's northwest tower, while Lando destroys the core itself.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Antilles, Wedge". Lucasfilm. http://www.starwars.com/databank/character/wedgeantilles/. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  2. ^ Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (DVD, 20th Century Fox, 2005), disc 1.
  3. ^ Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (DVD, 20th Century Fox, 2005), disc 1.
  4. ^ Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (DVD, 20th Century Fox, 2005), disc 1.

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