Day 60 – Mara Jade
Mara Jade, one of the most well-known and important characters in stories now considered Legends, has been an assassin, a smuggler, and a Jedi Knight. She worked for Emperor Palpatine, she married Luke Skywalker, and she and Luke had a son named Ben (yes, Ben).
Mara Jade debuted in the Timothy Zahn novel Heir to the Empire. She appeared numerous comics and books including books in the following series: The New Jedi Order, Dark Nest, Legacy of the Force, and Fate of the Jedi. (See her Wookieepedia page for a good list of all of her appearances.)
If you’re looking for a brief history of her character this video from Star Wars Minute is for you.
Comic Vine has a good visual list of comics Mara Jade appeared in.
Mara Jade won a fan’s choice action figure poll in 2011. Here’s her Black Series figure.
And because I really like this You Tuber’s Scottish accent, here’s another video about the life of Mara Jade.
Day 61 – Kea Moll
Kea Moll worked against the Empire with C3-PO and R2-D2 in several episodes of the 1985-86 series Star Wars: Droids. She also appeared in a few picture book adaptations of Droids episodes.
You can see Kea Moll in this episode of Droids below “The White Witch.”
If you want to learn more about Kea Moll and the cartoon Droids head on over to Yub Cast (check out episode #4 where they talk a lot about Moll’s character).
Day 62 – Jaldine Gerams
Jaldine Gerams (Blue Three) was a Rebel pilot in Rogue One. She flew an X-Wing during the Battle of Scarif and was portrayed by actress Geraldine James.
There’s not much information about Gerams out there but she did get a collectible card.
Someone cut together all the X-Wing material from Rogue One and you can find Jaldine at about the 2:00 mark.
Day 63 – Gwendoline Christie
Gwendoline Christie played Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. She is most well-known for her role as Brienne of Tarth in the TV series Game of Thrones.
Before Christie became a player in the Game of Thrones she played Lexi and Lucy in the British TV series Wizards vs. Aliens. Here’s a clip of an episode of that series.
The same year Christie made her Phasma on-screen debut in The Force Awakens she also played Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 2. She played herself in the 2016 film Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and Miranda Hilmarson in the 2017 series Top of the Lake.
Christie has three movies scheduled to release in 2018 – The Darkest Minds, The Women of Marwen, and In Fabric. And who knows she might turn up in Episode IX as well (and you will survive even if you hate the idea of Phasma surviving The Last Jedi).
Here’s an interview with Christie about her role in Game of Thrones which also includes clips from the show.
And this is just a good excuse to share one of my favorite The Last Jedi press videos. Gwendoline Christie is delightful in this.
Day 64 – Shmi Skywalker
Shmi Sywalker was Anakin Skywalker’s mother in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. After Anakin left with Qui-Gon Jinn to become a Jedi, Shmi stayed in Tatooine as a slave. Cliegg Lars later purchased her and then freed her. They married and lived happily until Shmi was abducted by Tusken Raiders which led to her death.
In Star Wars canon there isn’t very much known about Shmi beyond the fact that she was a slave to both Gardulla the Hutt and Watto before she met Cliegg Lars and that she claimed Anakin did not have a father (midichlorians birth!) Shmi appeared in many adaptations (books and comics) of Episodes I and II and appeared as a vision to Anakin in The Clone Wars episode “Overlords” and as a vision to Darth Vader in Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 5: The Chosen One, Part V.
In Legends, Shmi is mentioned or appears via flashback in even more stories. In Tatooine Ghost, for instance, Leia finds a journal Shmi kept during some of her life on Tatooine.
Actress Pernilla August (see her Day 11 page) played Shmi in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones and voiced her in The Clone Wars.
Day 65 – Kathleen Kennedy
Kathleen Kennedy is the president of Lucasfilm and is the executive producer of The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and the upcoming Episode IX. She has worked as a producer on some of the biggest blockbusters over the last few decades including E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Schindler’s List, and the Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones movies. The films she helped bring to the screen have grossed over 11 billion dollars worldwide.
I could write a book about Kathleen Kennedy’s career. And someone really should. Her first film credit was as an assistant in Steven Spielberg’s 1979 film 1941. In 1981 she was credited as an associate to Mr. Spielberg for Raiders of the Lost Ark. In 1982 she was credited as a producer of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. From there she continued collaborating with Spielberg and Frank Marshall (who she would later marry) when they founded and ran the production company Amblin Entertainment.
Below is an interview Kenndy did for The Star Wars Show.
Day 66 – Rianna Saren
Rianna Saren was a Twi’lek who starred in the 2006 video game Star Wars: Lethal Alliance. The storyline of this Legends game that took place shortly before the events of A New Hope. Rianna and her droid Zeeo steal a set of plans for the Death Star and deliver them to Leia Organa. Sound familiar, Rogue One fans?
Like many Twi’lek characters in the Star Wars universe, Rianna was once a slave, in this case to Zarien Kheev, who she later sought out to get some revenge. Rianna and Zarien only appeared in Lethal Alliance, but Rianna also had interactions with Kyle Katarn (a stormtrooper who defected to the Rebellion) who played a much larger role in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
Here’s some gameplay of Star Wars: Lethal Alliance.
Day 67 – Elsa Charretier
Elsa Charretier is an artist who has created covers for a variety of Star Wars comics and books including Star Wars Adventures, Forces of Destiny: Leia, and Choose Your Destiny: A Han & Chewie Adventure. She has also done variant covers for Star Wars Annual 2 and Captain Phasma, Part IV.
For DC Comics Charretier has worked on Harley Quinn, Starfire, and DC Comics Bombshell. For IDW Publishing she has worked on The Infinite Loop.
If you’re interested in buying a print from Elsa Charretier or getting a commission head on over to Big Head Little Arms.
Day 68 – The Daughter
The Daughter is a Force wielder who lived on Mortis with her father and brother who were known as the Father and the Son. The Daughter appeared in three episodes of the TV series The Clone Wars and a mural of her played a large part in two episodes of Star Wars Rebels.
The Daughter was a personification of the light side of the Force and was voiced by actress Adrienne Wilkinson.
Here’s a clip of The Daughter from The Clone Wars episode “Altar of Mortis”.
Plus the Mortis spread from Star Wars: Galactic Maps.