Written by Sampada Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: May 4, 2018 6:00:27 pm May 4 is celebrated as Star Wars day by fans of the franchise.Related News

May 4 is celebrated as Star Wars Day by the fans of this franchise across the world. Fans celebrate this day saying May the Fourth be with you. The first Star Wars film released back in 1977 and changed the way the world consumed fantasy genre. George Lucas, the man behind creating the world of Star Wars, directed the first Star Wars film A New Hope and against all odds created history with this franchise.

With two sets of trilogies, a third one underway and numerous stand-alone films, the Star Wars franchise is certainly one of the most followed franchises across the world. Here are 12 lesser-known facts about Star Wars thatll surely make you rewatch one of the films on Star Wars Day.

1. In the original draft written by George Lucas, Luke Skywalkers character was written as an 18-year-old girl.

2. In the earlier versions of the script, Han Solos character was meant to die at the end of the film.

harrison ford as han solo Were glad Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford, did not die after the first film.

3. The opening credits of the first Star Wars film are now considered iconic but at the time it was a hard task to shoot them. These were shot using practical effects and took over three hours to shoot.

4. In the age of social media, its hard to keep secrets. We have often heard that directors distribute fake scripts to the actors so no one really knows the big reveal. At the time of shooting Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, no one knew the big reveal that Darth Vader is Lukes father. Even the actors on the set were given the fake script. Only Mark Hamill was told just seconds before the shot.

darth vader and luke skywalker in star wars Darth Vader and Lukes truth was kept from everybody.

5. George Lucas once told Rolling Stone about the origin of the name Darth Vader. He said, “Darth is a variation of dark. And Vader is a variation of father. So its basically Dark Father.”

6. James Earl Jones voiced for Darth Vader but Lucas initially wanted Orson Welles to voice this character. He later felt that Welles baritone would be too recognisable and hence, dropped the idea.

7. James Earl Jones was done with his part as the voice of Darth Vader in just two and a half hours.

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8. In the early versions of the script, Yoda was named Buffy.

star wars yoda Yoda was earlier named Buffy.

9. Star Wars wasnt the original title of the film. In the scripting stages, the film was titled Adventures of Luke Starkiller.

10. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg had a bet as per which Spielberg would get a percentage of the films profits. Lucas agreed as he thought his film would fail at the box office but this proved to be a great deal for Spielberg as he earned millions of dollars.

steven spielberg and george lucas Steven Spielberg earbed millions all because of his bet with George Lucas.

11. Not many theaters wanted to release Star Wars at the time so 20th Century Fox decided to pair up this film with their other release The Other Side of Midnight. Star Wars got more screens after this deal.

12. James Cameron has famously said that it was after watching Star Wars that he quit his job as a truck driver to enter Hollywood.

May the Force be with you.

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