Day 46 – Stass Allie
Stass Allie was a Jedi Master who served on the Jedi High Council in Revenge of the Sith. She took the seat that previously belonged to Day 44’s woman of the day, Adi Gallia. Allie also fought in the Battle of Geonosis in Attack of the Clones but you can only catch glimpses of her at the end of the battle.
I have read in a few places including her Wookiepedia page that the Stass Allie character came to be quite by accident. Actress Lily Nyamwasa (pictured at the top of this post on the left) was originally going to be playing Adi Gallia in Attack of the Clones (instead of Gin Clarke who played her in The Phantom Menace). The reason for the actress change was apparently that Clones was being shot in Australia rather than England and I suppose Clarke was either not available or they didn’t want to fly her halfway around the world. However, at some point when Nyamwasa shot her scenes for Clones it was obvious that the two actresses did not look similar enough to play the same role so they created the Stass Allie character.
Here is Stass Allie on the left from Attack of the Clones and Adi Gallia on the right from The Phantom Menace. Canonically they are Tholothian cousins. An extremely similar two actors/new character Jedi switcharoo situation occurred in the Battle of Geonosis with the male Jedi characters Eeth Koth and Agen Kolar.
And it gets more complicated. Check out this shot of the Jedi High Council from Attack of the Clones below. Who is the woman in the left circle?
I originally thought it was Stass Allie and identified her that way in my article breaking down all the female roles in Attack of the Clones. But is it Adi Gallia? I’ve read that Adi Gallia is in The Phantom Menace but the only footage of her in Clones was from unused footage from The Phantom Menace. But how is Shaak Tii (circle on the right) there then? Is it digital wizardry replacing Yaddle with Shaak Tii? That seems possible. I’m just not sure about all of this, but I’ll update this post once I figure it out.
But we’re not done with the confusing behind the scenes story of Stass Allie. In Revenge of the Sith we see Allie’s death during the Order 66 sequence. Here’s the scene with Stass Allie below.
What’s confusing about this? Well, Stass Allie is played by a different woman in this scene in Revenge of the Sith (Nina Fallon) than in Attack of the Clones (Lily Nyamwasa). But that’s not all! According to Nina Fallon’s Wookiepedia page Stass Allie was played by Tace Bayliss in council scenes and Fallon in the scene above?!?! That’s three actresses playing the role of a Jedi in two movies who never speaks and we barely see onscreen.
So maybe Bayliss is in this shot below. Hard to say.
What’s pretty fantastic is that Nina Fallon was the Visual Effects Coordinator for Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. You didn’t see that one coming did you?
As far as Legends material Stass Allie can be found in a few places including the video game Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter and the novel Labyrinth of Evil.
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