Star Wars Behind the Scenes Photos

The best Star Wars behind-the-scenes photos from all Star Wars movies, including the original trilogy, the prequels (there are only like two pictures from the prequels, don't worry) and even some leaked Star Wars Episode VII BTS pictures that J.J. Abrams doesn't really want on the Internet, but that all of you deserve to see because there are puppets!

R2-D2, Everybody

R2-D2 is a fictional robot character in the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas, who appears in the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, the sequel trilogy, and Rogue One. A small astromech droid, R2-D2 is a major character and appears in all Star Wars films to date.

The Actual Millenium Falcon

The initial look for the Millennium Falcon was much different. What was planned actually became the prototype for the Tantive IV. After the crew realized that the design looked too similar to the ship from Space: 1999, they had to go back to the drawing board and come up with something else in a hurry.

Chewy Takes What He Wants

Chewbacca nicknamed "Chewie", is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. He is a Wookiee, a tall, hirsute biped and intelligent species from the planet Kashyyyk. Chewbacca is the loyal friend and associate of Han Solo, and serves as co-pilot on Solo's spaceship, the Millennium Falcon.Chewbacca is portrayed by actor Peter Mayhew in the Star Wars saga films, with Joonas Suotamo serving as a body double in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi and later took over the role in the upcoming, as yet untitled Han Solo movie.


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Twin Leias, Twin Kimonos!

Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan, later known as General Leia Organa, is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, portrayed in films by Carrie Fisher. Introduced in the original Star Wars film in 1977, Leia is princess of the planet Alderaan, a member of the Imperial Senate and an agent of the Rebel Alliance. She thwarts the sinister Sith Lord Darth Vader and helps bring about the destruction of the Empire's cataclysmic weapon, the Death Star.

Luke, I Am Your Father Pillows

Luke Skywalker is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the original film trilogy of the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas. The character, portrayed by Mark Hamill, is an important figure in the Rebel Alliance's struggle against the Galactic Empire. He is the twin brother of Rebellion leader Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan, a friend and brother-in-law of smuggler Han Solo, an apprentice to Jedi Masters Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi and Yoda.


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Twin Leias Sunbathing

Leia was the younger twin sister of Luke Skywalker, and, shortly after her birth, she became the adopted daughter of Bail Organa and Queen Breha of Alderaan, making her a Princess of Alderaan. An accomplished Senator, Leia Organa was most famous for her strong leadership during the Galactic Civil War and other subsequent galactic conflicts, making her one of the galaxy's greatest heroes.

AT-AT Positioning, Dwarfing

The All Terrain Armored Transport, or AT-AT walker, is a four-legged transport and combat vehicle used by the Imperial ground forces. Standing over 20 meters tall with blast-impervious armor plating, these massive constructs are used as much for psychological effect as they are for tactical advantage.

George Lucas and a Sea of Iconic Miniatures

George Walton Lucas Jr. is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is best known as the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, as well as the founder of Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic. He was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lucasfilm, before selling it to The Walt Disney Company in 2012.


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Chewbacca's Hair Is Pretty Much Always Perfect

Chewbacca, a 200-year-old Wookiee, becomes Han Solo's companion after Han, an Imperial officer at the time, refused an order to kill him, for which Han was dismissed from the Imperial Navy and became a smuggler. To repay this debt, Chewbacca protected Han for the rest of his life, and served as his co-pilot on the Millennium Falcon.

Absolutely No One Wanted to Be in This Picture

The franchise began in 1977 with the release of the film Star Wars (subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981), which became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. It was followed by the successful sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983); these three films constitute the original Star Wars trilogy. A prequel trilogy was released between 1999 and 2005, which received mixed reactions.

Yoda Falls Asleep Mid-Sentence

Yoda is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas, first appearing in the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back. In the original films, he trains Luke Skywalker to fight against the Galactic Empire. In the prequel films, he serves as the Grand Master of the Jedi Order and as a high-ranking general of Clone Troopers in the Clone Wars. Following his death in Return of the Jedi at an unknown age that surpassed 900 years.


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Two Stormtroopers Finally Hit Something

A stormtrooper is a fictional soldier in the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas. Introduced in Star Wars (1977), the stormtroopers are the main ground force of the Galactic Empire, under the leadership of Emperor Palpatine and his commanders, most notably Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin. In The Force Awakens (2015), the upgraded stormtroopers serve the First Order, under the leadership of Supreme Leader Snoke and his commanders, most notably Kylo Ren, General Hux, and Captain Phasma.

C-3PO Probably Incredibly Warm in the Desert

C-3PO or See-Threepio is a humanoid robot character from the Star Wars franchise who appears in the original Star Wars films, the prequel trilogy and the sequel trilogy. Created by Anakin Skywalker, C-3PO was designed as a protocol droid intended to assist in etiquette, customs, and translation, boasting that he is "fluent in over six million forms of communication".


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The Least Intimidating Darth Vader Pic Ever

Darth Vader, also known by his birth name Anakin Skywalker, is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise.Vader appears in the original film trilogy as a pivotal antagonist whose actions drive the plot, while his past as Anakin Skywalker and the story of his corruption are central to narrative of the prequel trilogy.

Carrie Fisher's R2 Impression

Carrie Frances Fisher was an American actress, writer and humorist who first became known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series. Her other film roles included Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The 'Burbs (1989), and When Harry Met Sally... (1989).

Darth Vader Meeting His Doom (With a Crowd)

The character was created by George Lucas and has been portrayed by numerous actors. His appearances span the first six Star Wars films, as well as Rogue One, and his character is heavily referenced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He is also an important character in the Star Wars expanded universe of television series, video games, novels, literature and comic books.


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R2 and 3PO... AWAY!

The late English actor Kenny Baker played R2-D2 in all three original Star Wars films, and received billing credit for the character in the prequel trilogy, where Baker's role was reduced, as R2-D2 was portrayed mainly by radio controlled props and CGI models. In the sequel trilogy, Baker was credited as consultant for the The Force Awakens, however Jimmy Vee also co-performed the character in some scenes.

For You Cosplayers, Boba Fett's Actual Costume

RS Prop Masters are proud to offer Replica Boba Fett components from the smallest machined aluminium detail, to a complete suit, made to your specifications. We can guide you through the elusive world of the galaxy's coolest Bounty Hunter, every step of the way. With our full Return of the Jedi style suit available now and Empire Strikes Back coming very soon, you can be sure that our extensive research - and love - for Boba will ensure your replica is amongst the best.

The Elephant in the Bantha Costume

Despite being associated with the vile Tusken Raiders, the bantha itself is a lovely creature and dubbed by Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) as “one of the best things in the movie.” With a toy version appearing as a prop in the infamous Star Wars The Holiday Special, the bantha quickly grew to be a favorite not only with the fans, but also among the cast and crew.


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The Elephant in the Bantha Costume

Darth Vader has become one of the most iconic villains in popular culture, and has been listed among the greatest villains and fictional characters ever.The American Film Institute listed him as the third greatest movie villain in cinema history on 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains, behind Hannibal Lecter and Norman Bates. However, other critics consider him a tragic hero, citing his original motivations for the greater good before his fall to the dark side.

Chewy Takes What He Wants

Chewbacca's creation as a "gentle, hairy, non-English-speaking co-pilot" was inspired by George Lucas seeing his own dog sitting up on the passenger seat of his car.It is said that Chewbacca's name is derived from собака (sobaka), the Russian word for dog.
In all five screen appearances, Chewbacca was played by Peter Mayhew, who was chosen for his height of 7'3" (2.2 m).Five identical costumes were made for Mayhew: in the three original films and a holiday special, the suits were made of yak hair and mohair.


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C-3PO Deserves a Drink

Despite his oblivious nature, C-3PO has played a pivotal role in the Galaxy's history, appearing under the service of Shmi Skywalker, the Lars homestead, Padmé Amidala, Raymus Antilles, Luke Skywalker, and Leia Organa. In the majority of depictions, C-3PO's physical appearance is primarily a polished gold plating, although his appearance varies throughout the films.

R2-D2 Blueprints

George Lucas's creation of R2-D2 was influenced by Akira Kurosawa's 1958 feature film The Hidden Fortress (USA release 1962), particularly Tahei and Matashichi, the two comic relief characters that serve as sidekicks to General Makabe. Lucas and artist Ralph McQuarrie also drew inspiration from the robots Huey, Dewey, and Louie from Douglas Trumbull's 1972 film Silent Running.

I Will Never Believe That This Man Isn't in Danger

One of the prominent elements of Star Wars is "the Force", an omnipresent energy that can be harnessed by those with that ability, known as Force-sensitives. It is described in the first produced film as "an energy field created by all living things surrounds us, penetrates us, binds the galaxy together." The Force allows users to perform various supernatural feats (such as telekinesis, clairvoyance, precognition, and mind control).


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Filming the Title Sequence

A title sequence (also called an opening sequence or intro) is the method by which films or television programs present their title, key production and cast members, utilizing conceptual visuals and sound. It typically includes (or begins) the text of the opening credits, and helps establish the setting and tone of the program. It may consist of live action, animation, music, still images, and/or graphics.

Carrie Fisher poses with a Gamorrean guard.

Jabba Desilijic Tiure, commonly known as Jabba the Hutt, is a fictional character and an antagonist in the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas. He is depicted as a large, slug-like alien. His appearance has been described by film critic Roger Ebert as a cross between a toad and the Cheshire Cat.

Freezing in Norway.

Despite freezing temperatures during filming in Norway, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill enjoy a laugh.


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Alec Guinness on the set.

Prior to joining the cast of Star Wars, Alec Guinness was a renowned theater actor. Though he referred to the script as "fairy tale rubbish," he would go on to call A New Hope a "staggering spectacle" after his first viewing of the film.

Dagobah "Amazonian" scenery.

Although Dagobah appears to be an Amazonian landscape, these scenes were captured entirely in a London studio. It took a month and hundreds of people to prepare scenery.


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The actors behind Chewbacca and R2D2 take a break onset.

British actor Peter Mayhew will reprise his role as Chewbacca in JJ Abrams's forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Mayhew, 69, signalled his intention to play Han Solo's furry wookie sidekick once again in September.

Warwick Davis lying on the sun.

At 12 years old, Warwick Davis was the youngest cast member for Return Of The Jedi, where he played the Ewok Wicket.

The Millennium Falcon, looking slightly less high-tech than usual.

The Millennium Falcon, originally known as YT-1300 492727ZED, was a Corellian YT-1300f light freighter used by the smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca during the Galactic Civil War.


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The C-3PO testing.

The suit used for C-3PO was notoriously clunky, which made movement and communication incredibly difficult for actor Anthony Daniels. Here, Harrison Ford helps up his immobile colleague.

Carrie Fisher enjoys a nap during filming of The Empire Strikes Back.

During the exhausting filming process actors used every free minute to have a little rest. They were sleeping at every place were they could find. Even at the snow vehicle.

A rare shot of a Tusken Raider without his mask.

Tusken Raiders, less formally referred to as Sand People or simply as Tuskens, were a culture of nomadic, primitive sentients indigenous to Tatooine, where they were often hostile to local settlers.


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A costume designer puts the finishing touches on Darth Vader's outfit.

His suit followed an ancient Sith tradition, in which the warriors of the dark side of the Force would adorn themselves in heavy armor. The suit's construction incorporated Sith alchemy to augment Vader's severely diminished physical strength and vitality.

Extras from A New Hope's Mos Eisley Cantina scene pose for a photograph.

If you research that bunch of extras and actors they're all incredible and they all have amazing stories. One of them runs his own think tank, one of them [former actor Drewe Henley] had mental illness problems and married Felicity Kendall.


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A behind the scenes look at one of Return Of The Jedi's climactic battles.

The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas was from a story by Lucas, who was also the executive producer. It was the third and final installment in the original Star Wars trilogy and the first film to use THX technology. The film is set one year after The Empire Strikes Back and was produced by Howard Kazanjian for Lucasfilm Ltd.

The Empire Strikes Back filming moments.

Mark Hamill endures a less than comfortable position while filming the scene in which he is held captive by a Wampa, during the opening scenes of The Empire Strikes Back.

A classic walk'n'talk shot, decades before The West Wing made it a cliche.

Walk and talk is a storytelling-technique used in filmmaking and television production in which a number of characters have a conversation en route. The most basic form of walk and talk involves a walking character that is then joined by another character.


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Boba Fett, looking slightly less threatening without the helmet.

Boba Fett was a male human bounty hunter, and the genetic clone of infamous bounty hunter Jango Fett. Boba was created by the cloners on Kamino and was physically identical to the clone troopers created for the Grand Army of the Republic.

Director Irvin Kershner poses with some of the bad guys from The Empire Strikes Back.

The Empire Strikes Back was released on May 21, 1980. It received mixed reviews from critics initially but has since grown in esteem, becoming the most critically acclaimed chapter in the Star Wars saga; it is now widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.

An intimate moment between director and star.

Kershner, who was an appealing directorial candidate to Lucas because of his focus on character development, was first reluctant to direct the film. When asked by Lucas to work on the project over lunch, Kershner refused. Kershner's agent was told about the meeting and encouraged him to take the job. Kershner later discussed his motivations: "I was grabbed by the fairytale which Lucas invented and wanted to be part of keeping it alive."


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Princess Leia having fun.

Princess Leia's gold bikini became a nerd fantasy staple following its appearance in Return Of The Jedi. Costume designer Aggie Guerard Rodgers built the costume as part of the Industrial Light & Magic visual effects company, along with Nilo Rodis-Jamero.

An unoccupied shot of the carbonite freezing machine.

Freezing chambers were also sometimes used to seal living beings—though one miscalculation could lead to death. This process required molten carbonite to be released into the chamber which was then flash frozen; a resulting blast of air, soon revealing a solidified encasement.


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George Lucas gives some direction to Anthony Daniels.

Daniels has played C-3PO in all of the Star Wars feature films from the original installment in the series, as both the body and voice of the golden robot. Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 in the series until his death in 2016, revealed that he and Daniels did not get along, with Baker accusing Daniels of "....being rude to everyone..including fans."

At least we have proof that Carrie Fisher shot first.

In 1977, Fisher starred as Princess Leia in George Lucas' science-fiction film Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope) opposite Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. At the time, she believed the script for Star Wars was fantastic, but did not expect many people to agree with her. Though her fellow actors were not close at the time, they bonded after the commercial success of the film.

Billy Dee Williams enjoys a coffee between takes.

The early 1980s brought Williams the role of Lando Calrissian, which he played in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Calrissian's charm proved to be popular with audiences. He reprised the role when he lent his voice for the character in the 2002 video game Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast.


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George Lucas has a quick pow wow with his stars between takes on The Empire Strikes Back.

The film ranks #3 on Empire's 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.[9] It became the highest-grossing film of 1980 and, to date, has earned more than $538 million worldwide from its original run and several re-releases.

Harrison Ford, taking a break from trying to fix that pesky hyperdrive.

Star Wars became one of the most successful movies of all time and established Ford as a superstar. He went on to star in the similarly successful Star Wars sequels, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), as well as the Star Wars Holiday Special (1978).