Posts Tagged ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’

RIP Colin Higgins, the “Fake” Wedge

Mark Newbold | May 2, 2013


We sometimes forget, with the saga remaining so fresh and vivid in our minds, remastered and updated in the latest formats and constantly playing around the world that while the characters of Star Wars may remain eternally young, the actors who portrayed them on-screen, like the rest of us mere mortals, age, get older, and pass away.

This year alone we have seen Stuart Freeborn and Richard LeParmentier pass on, and only last year we all mourned the loss of the great Ralph McQuarrie. A recent fascinating piece on the Official Blog by Pablo Hidalgo, Star Wars Mysteries: Hunting for the Fake Wedge,” asked the question, “where in the world is actor Colin Higgins,” the man who played the “fake” Wedge Antilles in the briefing room scenes of A New Hope. It’s a fascinating story, a relatively minor character who grew into a fan favorite but who took three actors — Denis Lawson, David Ankrum, and Colin Higgins — to bring to life in that first film.


The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Roger Ebert and Citizen Kane

Bryan Young | April 11, 2013

I had something else planned for this month’s Cinema column, but after the passing of Roger Ebert, in my sadness I retreated back into his work and found some incredibly fascinating things that connect to the Star Wars universe.


Star Wars Mysteries: Hunting for the Fake Wedge

Pablo Hidalgo | February 6, 2013

Longtime readers of will already know this story. Parts of it were recounted in the official Homing Beacon email newsletter back in September 2004, and then a few months later on the ol’ user blogs that used to be hosted on this site. But since neither of those archives are readily available, and since I’m overdue for a blog post, I figured I’d retell the story of how I found the enigmatic briefing room Wedge Antilles from Episode IV. Also, this is an excuse to launch a semi-regular series of blog posts that have to do with little mysteries I’ve helped solve in my time here at Lucasfilm.

Who are you... and what have you done with Wedge?

Who are you... and what have you done with Wedge?


ILM’s Road to the Death Star Team | February 5, 2013

ILM's Path to the Death Star
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Exclusive LEGO Poster Free with Star Wars Pre-Orders Team | January 24, 2012

For just 5 more days, fans who pre-order any one of the eleven new LEGO Star Wars sets listed below will get a free 2-sided 24×32-inch poster showcasing the 2012 LEGO Star Wars mini figure gallery on one side and Episode IV’s trench run scene on the other!

This exclusive offer is only available for orders made through the LEGO Catalogue, on and over the phone. This offer ends at 4pm EST on January 29, so head on over to now!

Pre-order any of these new Star Wars sets to get a free poster:

Views of both sides: