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Maintained By -Commander_Thigh-

Last Updated: February 6th, 2005

Please note, the info in this section contains spoilers.

Aayla Secura
Anakin Skywalker
Bail Organa
Count Dooku
EU Character
General Grievous
Jar Jar Binks
Luke & Leia
Mace Windu
Mon Mothma
Nute Gunray & Neimodians
Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi
Owen & Beru Lars
Padmé Skywalker
Tion Meddon
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Fights & Battles

Color & Theme
Plot Points
Ships & Vehicles
Sets & Locations


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Ships & Vehicles

Ships & Vehicles

  • "There are lots of new ship designs." - RM
  • "We will get to see OT Starships in Episode III." - GB
  • "We will see the next step in evolution of the Republic ship to the Imperial ships." - JK
  • "We will see many new worlds." - RM
  • "There's more planets in Ep3 than any previous SW film." - JK
  • "There will be new Starfighters for the rest of the Jedi. The new starfighters will have new weapons and fight in big battles." - GB
  • The Jedi Starfighters have a gray undercoat, but there's a specific hue to them keyed to their pilot. At least two Jedi Council members will be seen behind the stick. -PH
  • Anakin and Obi-Wan's fighters are distinguished by their hue. Obi-Wan has green coloring, while Anakin's has red. The cockpit and the undercarriage are flat gray and gray-white. -PH
  • There are some very interesting new starfighter designs making their debut in Episode III. -PH
  • We will see Neimoidian pilots.- OS
  • The main Neimoidian pilot has the same mask as Lott Dodd. -PH
  • We will see scenes on the bridge of the Trade Federation capital ship. - OS
  • The newly designed Jedi starfighter will now feature bold, aggressive lines further bridging the gap between ship designs from the prequels to the classic trilogy. The ship will feature designs and functions first seen in the toy version of the previous Jedi starfighter but were not used in the film itself (Ep2). - OS
  • The new Jedi starfighter is designed with a removable cockpit. - OS
  • The new Jedi Starfighters are not shiny, but dull with scuff marks. -PH
  • The differences in the Jedi Starfighters is mostly cosmetic, but you'll be able to tell who is who. -PH
  • The Trade federation Cruiser will be a new design. Pablo is unsure on how large the ship will be on film but he expects it to be larger than the Republic Cruisers. -PH
  • We will see prototype TIE Fighters. -RC
  • We will see evidence of Rebel Alliance ships. -RC
  • The new Federation Cruiser is a large and aggressive warship. It will look "slightly familiar". -RC
  • You will see distinct capital ship and starfighter evolutions, and in some cases, finished product, but I won't get more specific than that. Not yet, anyhow. -PH
  • The Jedi Starfighter is not the same design seen in Ep2. -RC
  • Ryan designed the prototype for the X-Wing. -RC
  • It is doubtful we will see Dooku's Solar Sailor ship in Ep3. -RC
  • We will see some brand new vehicle designs. The Art Dept had to move forward from the Ep2 designs and moved in the direction of merging with Ep4. -DG
  • There is one speeder that has a very detailed name in the script. -PH
  • We will see huge fleets of starships. -DG
  • There are no scenes in which N1 Starfighters are scripted. But Pablo can think of one scene where they may be added. -PH
  • "George has definitely answered a lot of the questions that people had over the years about how this particular thing happened or why this person is this way, you know...who is connected to this and who is connected to that." -SLJ
  • Unless it gets cut again, the Corporate Alliance Tank Droid will be in Ep3. -PH
  • There will be some new and old capital warships seen in the opening space battle. -PH
  • The Trade Federation cruiser bridge will be the only bridge we see of all the Confederacy ships in the opening space battle. -PH
  • There are many new ship designs for the opening space battle, and what's cool is we're heading back towards the ship designs of Episode IV. - RC
  • The Tri-Fighter was not meant to be the ship that was a precursor to the TIE fighter. - PH
  • The aft section of the new Venator-class Star Destroyer more closely resembles the Republic craft, while its midsection and front resemble the Imperial Star Destroyers of the OT. - PH
  • The InterGalactic Banking Clan has new combat ships sporting a rather honkin' huge gun. - PH
  • The Commerce Guild "chip ship" is supposed to be in [the opening space battle]. - PH
  • The Techno Union rocket ships from Attack of the Clones will not be in the opening space battle, for obvious reasons. - PH
  • We will see plenty of Episode II's Republic Gunships in Episode III. - PH
  • There are a variety of Republic capital ships during the opening space battle. - PH
  • The Alderaan Diplomatic Cruiser is the same ship as the Tantive IV. - PH
  • The Commerce Guild "chip ship" is more of a half-circle, design-wise. - PH
  • The clone troopers have other fighter craft besides the ARC-170. - PH
  • It is unlikely that we will see Y-wings in Revenge of the Sith. - PH
  • The Confederacy's hexagonal emblem will be featured all over their ships. - PH
  • The first ship that appears is a huge triangular Jedi cruiser, the Venator-class Star Destroyer. As the shot develops, the camera gets closer and closer to the cruiser, its turbolaser turrets swing out of the way to Jedi snubfighters fly past. The light from the starfighters' twin ion engines spill onto the hull of the cruiser. - OS
  • A swarm of ships fill out the opening space battle frames. - OS
  • Anakin's Jedi starfighter has bright yellow highlights. R2-D2 is on Anakin's fighter. - OS
  • During the opening shots, Obi-Wan's and Anakin's starfighters are flying synchronized. - OS
  • During the opening space battle, dark black smoke belches from a burning starship. - OS
  • There are about 5,000 ships in the opening space battle, not counting the starfighters. - OS
  • For the opening shot, we pan down to see the Jedi cruiser; two Jedi starfighters buzz into the frame, and we follow. - OS
  • A sequence during the opening space battle has been cut from the film. In the sequence, Anakin and Obi-Wan's flight into the enemy capital ship lines was to be interrupted by a protective squadron of tri-droids that would harass the starfighters. - OS
  • The tri-droid (also called the tri-fighter) was a new design of Confederacy droid starfighter. It's name came from the triple-curved wing assembly which clutches the central droid brain in its center. It is a burly fighter. It has thicker lines than the slim-profile vulture starfighters seen in The Phantom Menace. - OS
  • The tri-droid will still be in the background somewhere, a part of the swarm of ships during the space battle, but they no longer have their spotlight moment. - OS
  • During the opening space battle, there will be a swarm of battles between the tri-fighters (which are back, by the way) and other midground fighters. - OS
  • The tri-droids are droids with booster engines on them. While the booster engines are there, they're more like missiles, but when they detach the booster engines, they become fighters. - OS
  • The Trade Federation vulture droids, as seen in Episode I, will be seen to turn, fold, and transform on screen -- a functionality incorporated into their design for Episode I, but something we haven't yet seen on the big screen. - OS
  • During the opening space battle, the Jedi's destination is the Trade Federation cruiser. - OS
  • A full-size Jedi starfighter prop is used for R2-D2 close-ups. - OS
  • In one scene, Obi-Wan's starfighter comes to an abrupt stop. It's cockpit canopy springs open and Kenobi somersaults out and through the air, landing in a combat stance. He begins whirling his lightsaber around him, slicing through battle droids. Obi-Wan's hood will be up in this sequence, with his face shadowed. - OS
  • As Obi-Wan lifts off in an appropriated starfighter and finishes a conversation with a holographic Bail Organa, a starry background fills the frame behind him. - OS
  • As Separatist and Republic cruisers exchange broadsides in the epic space battle, we cut into the Separatist gunnery bay. - OS
  • "It'll be interesting especially during the verandah scenes to see the added reflections [to C-3PO's shiny armor] of all the ships flying by and that sort of thing." - DB
  • During the Wookiee shoot, appleboxes, c-stands and tennis balls stand for Jedi holograms, clone troopers and departing starships. - OS
  • The insides of the Naboo skiff are very reminiscent of the interior of the Naboo Yacht seen in Episode II. - OS
  • Padm?'s Naboo star skiff gleams with the silvery chromium finish so distinctive of Naboo design. - OS
  • Padm?'s Naboo skiff is wedge-shaped, appearing like a scaled-down version of starship that starts off Attack of the Clones. The engines are outside the ship, in the form of thrusters suspended on the wings, therefore leaving more room inside the spaceframe. A long ramp lines the underbelly of the vehicle. The cockpit rests in a teardrop shape on the spine of the ship. The cockpit window has the same vertical strut design seen in the yacht that Padm? took to Geonosis. The pilot and co-pilot chairs are reused from Episode II. - OS
  • A new sequence has been added to the script, an exchange between Anakin and Mace. This scene was originally set in the Jedi Council, but was transplanted to a new environment, the never-before-seen gunship hangar bay of the Jedi Temple. - OS
  • There is a scene in the Tantive IV's cockpit as it approaches Coruscant. Two Alderaanian crew members helm the ship. Behind them is Obi-Wan Kenobi, Bail Organa, and Yoda, with Yoda sitting between Bail and Obi-Wan. - OS
  • Aboard the Tantive IV, during the approach to Coruscant, the Alderaanian pilot informs Bail Organa of an incoming transmission. - OS
  • Bail Organa is stopped by security after having touched down the Tantive IV at the Senate landing platform. This scene has been altered to include Obi-Wan Kenobi in the shot. - OS
  • In one scene, Jedi Masters Agen Kolar, Kit Fisto and Saesee Tinn are aboard a Republic gunship. The ship flies away. - OS
  • In Episode III, we'll move beyond the corridors to new areas of the Tantive IV, thanks in part to a recent revision of the Episode III script. - OS
  • By the time of Episode III, the Jedi have upgraded much of their starfighter arsenal with the new Eta-2 starfighters. - OS
  • Bail Organa makes a hasty getaway aboard his speeder. - OS
  • The Jedi objective of Battle of Coruscant is spotted on a display screen -- the Invisible Hand, flagship of General Grievous. - OS
  • The mighty Incom/Subpro Aggressive Reconnaissance starfighter (ARC-170) has an impressive wingspan of 22.85 meters, is armed with two medium laser cannons, two aft blaster cannons, six proton torpedoes and carries a crew of three plus an astromech droid. - OS
  • The Grand Army of the Republic lets loose with ten wheels of supercharged destruction as they shake hands with twisted metal carnage on the banks of a Kashyyyk lagoon. - OS
  • The Invisible Hand does not have a cloaking device. - PH
  • The clone turbo-tank (Juggernaut) has a featured shot of it tearing down a Kashyyyk beach, bursting with missiles and cannon-fire. - OS
  • We will see the predecessor to the Imperial scout walker. - OS
  • Also making an appearance is the Alderaan diplomatic cruiser. The art department wanted to show how it looked when it was newer, cleaner, and sleeker. It also needed to look "at home" on the planet of Alderaan. Alderaanian architecture is among the most advanced and distinctive of any Star Wars planet, gleaming and white. The ship needed to fit right in when it arrived there. - RC
  • Since Bail Organa will use the Tantive IV a lot in Episode III, several modifications made the design more suitable for use in the atmosphere. The shape is cleaner and more aerodynamic, and it now has landing gear and entry hatches. - RC
  • "For the Jedi starfighter, George Lucas said he wanted to see something between the Jedi starfighter seen in Episode II and the TIE fighter that appears in the original trilogy, but with foldable wings. The view out the front is classic TIE fighter. Long guns lie directly infront of the cockpit along with arrow-shaped, split 'double delta' wings to emphasize that this ship appears during a time of galactic war and to give the pilot a great view of his target." - RC
  • "Anakin's ship wears a customized paint job of yellow and unpainted metal, which saves weight and hearkens back to his 'first' combat experience with a Naboo fighter in Episode I." - RC
  • Episode III starts with a bang. The starfleets of the Galactic Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems are locked in a jumbled brawl of lumbering capital ships and swift starfighters, exchanging fire high in the Coruscant atmosphere. - Homing Beacon #112
  • Some possible situations during the opening space battle were colliding/scraping starships, sacrifice ship to break through blockade, diving formation of assault frigates to save cruiser from swarm, shockwave causing havoc from large explosion of ship, shockwave bombs across surface of larger ship causing damage, shockwave bomb on droid fighters, tractor beams picking up ships to repair/collision, pockets of intense debris caused by explosion that heroes fly through, reinforcements dropping out of hyperspace to help less-than-fortunate ship, launching and docking tri-fighters/clone fighters, EMP bomb causing loss of power to large ships, out-of-control collision, vulture droids landing on large ships and attacking, leaking fuel ignited by ship passing, and combined ray attack. - Homing Beacon #112
  • We will see a two-legged scout walker predecessor of the classic AT-ST design in Episode III. - PH
  • On the twilight plains of Saleucami, in the stretching shadows of monumental bulbous plantlife, Stass Allie rockets ahead of her clone trooper wingmen aboard a BARC speeder, a sleek speeder bike with a frame more robust than the slimmer versions seen in Return of the Jedi. She looks around as she patrols the landscape. She is flying around, still aware of potential trouble. - OS
  • Quad turbolasers lining General Grievous' flagship pound out deadly beams of energy at the swarming Republic forces. - OS
  • Anakin and Obi-Wan's Jedi starfighters lead the charge against massed Separatist forces in the skies high above Coruscant. - Insider #80
  • Part of a Trade Federation cruiser makes an emergency crash landing on Coruscant with fire ships hovering nearby in an attempt to douse the flames. - Insider #80
  • Anakin and Obi-Wan make quick work of a squadron of battle droids in the hangar bay of a Trade Federation cruiser. - Insider #80
  • The firefight for control of the Coruscant skyways wreaks havoc on both sides. Clone troopers stay at their laser cannons even as Separatist forces penetrate the armor of their Republic attack cruiser. - Insider #80
  • Anakin and Obi-Wan say their goodbyes in Scene 72, which takes place on a Clone Landing Platform. The background is filled out with a massive staging area and an immense Republic Star Destroyer. - OS
  • An overwhelmed Padm? reclines aboard her starship, the Naboo skiff, looking up to Obi-Wan. She has a single line of dialogue, delivered to Obi-Wan. She is kind of hot and sweaty. The shot is seen from over Kenobi's shoulder, and Obi-Wan's face is not visible. - OS

Acronym Key:

GL = George Lucas (Director)
OS = Official Site (starwars.com)
RM = Rick McCallum (Producer)
CF = Colin Fletcher (First Assistant Director)
NP = Natalie Portman (Actress)
HC = Hayden Christensen
RB = Roger Barton (Film Editor)
IM = Ian McDiarmid (Actor)
GT = Genndy Tartakovsky (Clone Wars Animated Series Creator)
C2 = Celebration II
BB = Ben Burtt (Sound Editor)
JEJ = James Earl Jones (Voice Actor)
JK = John Knoll (Visual Effects/ILM)
PE = Paul Ens (Official Site)
GB = Gavin Bocquet (Production Designer)
JE = Joel Edgerton (Actor)
PM = Peter Mayhew (Actor)
RC = Rob Coleman (Visual Effects/ILM Supervisor)
AA = Amy Allen (Actress)
BS = Bruce Spence (Actor)
BL = Bai Ling (Actress)
CSC = Caroline de Souza Correa (Actress)
NG = Nikki Gooley (Makeup Supervisor)
JB = Jon Berg (Modelmaker)
EL = Euisung Lee (Animatics Artist)
LP = Lorne Peterson (Modelmaker)
DW = David Weitzberg (Visual Effects Artist)
MR = Master Replicas (Prop Replica Company)
DE = Dave Elsey (Creature Shop Creative Supervisor)
AD = Anthony Daniels (Actor)
MW = Matthew Wood (Supervising Sound Editor/Voice Actor)
TB = Trisha Biggar (Costume Designer)
SLJ = Samuel L. Jackson (Actor)
PH = Pablo Hidalgo (Official Site, Webcam)
RC = Ryan Church (Concept Artist)
DG = Dan Gregoire (Pre-Visualization Effects Supervisor)
DB = Don Bies (Droid Unit Supervisor)
NG = Nick Gillard (Stunt Coordinator/Swordmaster)
THC = Topps Heritage Card
AFCB = Action Figure Card Back
MK = Michael Kingma (Actor)
CL = Christopher Lee (Actor)
JL = James Luceno (Writer)
BG = Brian Gernand (Model Supervisor)

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