Day 36 – Delian Mors

Delian Mors

Delian Mors was the Imperial Moff of the planet Ryloth. She appeared in Paul S. Kemp’s novel Lords of the Sith which focused on Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine’s activities between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and in the short story “Mercy Mission” by Melissa Scott.

Delian Mors was the first LGBT character introduced in Star Wars canon. Her character is also one of the few female Star Wars characters I can think of that are described as being heavy (there’s a lot of skinny women in Star Wars).

Here’s an interesting look at Delian Mor’s introduction in Lords of the Sith from Shoshana at Tosche Station. You can also read a review of the book over at Den of Geek from Megan Crouse.

“Mercy Mission” was one of three short stories in Rise of the Empire, a bind-up compilation of Tarkin and A New Dawn.

Day 32 – Nala Se

Nala Se

Nala Se was Chief Medical Scientist for her homeworld Kamino. She appeared in several episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. During the Clone Wars, Nala Se worked to create the army of clone troopers for the Republic and was one of the only beings to know about Protocol 66.

Nala Se worked with Darth Tyranus to keep Protocol 66 a secret as she believed it was an appropriate safeguard against rogue Jedi.

Here’s a clip involving Nala Se from the Season 6 episode “Conspiracy” where a chip malfunction caused a clone to prematurely enact Protocol 66.

Day 31 – Natasi Daala

Natasi Daala

Natasi Daala was an admiral in the Imperial Navy who debuted in Kevin J. Anderson’s The Jedi Academy Trilogy (books that are now considered Legends).

Daala was the first woman to become an admiral in the Imperial Navy. Wilhuff Tarkin was her mentor and at one point lover. She was a ruthless officer over her long career who didn’t care for Force users whether they fell on the light or dark side.

Daala appeared in over a dozen Legends books, including several Fate of the Jedi novels, and was mentioned in many more.

You can learn more about Daala’s story arc in this video from Star Wars Explained or on her Wookieepedia page.

Day 30 – Leigh Brackett

Leigh Brackett

Leigh Brackett was a writer who crafted the first draft of The Empire Strikes Back. But writing a screenplay for a Star Wars film was just a tiny part of Brackett’s lengthy and impressive writing career.

Brackett started writing science fiction short stories in the early 1940’s. She authored dozens of short stories throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s and wrote over ten novels.

Leigh Brackett also wrote the screenplay for several classic films including The Big Sleep (1946), Rio Bravo (1959), Hatari! (1962), Eldorado (1967), and The Long Goodbye (1973).

Sadly Brackett died only weeks after she submitted her draft for The Empire Strikes Back to George Lucas. Lucas ended up essentially starting over and not using the script she wrote for The Empire Strikes Back, but many fans argue you can see some elements from her draft in the final film.

This article from io9 is a good read to learn more about Brackett’s impressive career and her involvement in The Empire Strikes Back. You can download her draft of The Empire Strikes Back script here.

Day 29 – Umé, Hollé, and Miré

Despite the fact that it’s nearly impossible to spot any of Padmé’s handmaiden in Revenge of the Sith, five handmaiden roles were created for the film. On Day 28 I took a look at Moteé and Ellé. The remaining three handmaiden roles were Umé, Hollé, and Miré.

Both Umé and Hollé can be spotted in Padmé’s funeral procession.

Umé (unknown actress) is standing to the left of Queen Apailana below.

Umé

Hollé (unknown actress – perhaps Holly Stringer?) is to the right of Jar Jar Binks in the screenshot below.

Hollé

Miré (also unknown actress) did not appear in Revenge of the Sith. I don’t know if Miré even shot any scenes for the filmI believe this character only ended up with a name because she appeared in a few Star Wars reference books. Miré, Umé, and Hollé all appeared in Trisha Biggar’s prequel costume book Dressing a Galaxy. They all also appeared in the Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia.

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If anyone has the names of these actresses (Holly Stringer is credited simply as “handmaiden” on IMDB – maybe she’s Hollé?) let me know! I’m also curious if Umé, Hollé, and especially Miré shot more scenes for Revenge of the Sith.

Day 28 – Moteé and Ellé

Moteé and Ellé were two of Padmé’s handmaidens in Revenge of the Sith. Moteé (Kristy Wright) appears in only one scene, sitting behind Padmé Amidala in her Senate box. Ellé sadly cannot be seen at all in the film. The best look you’ll get of Ellé (played by Chantal Freer) is from the publicity photo above.

It’s hard to find signs of any handmaiden in Revenge of the Sith. I talked about this topic and how the lack of handmaidens in the film affected Padmé’s character development in this breakdown of female roles in Revenge of the Sith for FANgirl.

The Revenge of the Sith Visual Dictionary notes that both Moteé and Ellé knew about Padmé’s secret marriage to Anakin and facilitated meetings between the two by serving as decoys. But this relationship between Anakin, Padmé and her handmaidens was never seen on the screen. Padmé is seen as scared and alone throughout large sections of Revenge of the Sith – a far cry from the strong and decisive Queen of Naboo from The Phantom Menace. I wonder how the inclusion of female allies to Padmé may have changed the overall feel of many of Padmé’s scenes.

Here’s a full screenshot of the scene where Moteé appears in the film sitting behind Padmé.

Moteé

In the Revenge of the Sith Comic #4 it looks like both Moteé and Ellé are in the Senate box. I went back to this scene in Sith and it’s possible Ellé was sitting on the opposite end of the box but we can’t see her because we never get a wide shot of the entire Senate box. However, Jar Jar Binks was definitely not in the film version of this scene in Revenge of the Sith.

Moteé also appeared in the Prequel Trilogy Graphic Novel as well as Star Wars: Republic Dreadnaughts of Rendeili, Part 3 which is pictured below.

Moteé and Ellé can also be spotted in the back of this deleted scene from Revenge of the Sith.

Moteé Ellé

Padmé also makes a passing reference to Moteé and Ellé to C-3PO in Revenge of the Sith novelization.

It’s clear Moteé and Ellé were meant to have larger roles in Revenge of the Sith but ended up almost entirely on the cutting room floor.

Day 27 – Teckla Minnau

Teckla Minnau

Teckla Minnau is a handmaiden introduced in Attack of the Clones after Cordé, Versé, and Dormé. You can barely see Teckla in the film though. She appears briefly serving Padmé and Anakin some food during the Naboo lake sequence.

The majority of Teckla’s Star Wars scenes occurred in two episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

In the “Pursuit of Peace” Teckla talks with Padmé about war’s effect on everyday people.

In “An Old Friend” Teckla accompanies Padmé to Scipio and sadly loses her life during an attempt to recover important Banking Clan files.

I couldn’t find the name of the actress who played Teckla in Attack of the Clones, but Ashley Moynihan voiced her in both episodes of The Clone Wars.

It was great to see more interactions between Padmé and one of her handmaidens in these two episodes of The Clones Wars and I think it was overall a fun choice to decide that she was the same handmaiden who briefly appeared in Attack of the Clones.

You can learn more about Teckla Minnau on her Wookieepedia page.

Tomorrow the handmaidens from Revenge of the Sith are up, starting with Moteé and Ellé.

Day 26 – Dormé

Dormé

Dormé had the largest handmaiden role in Attack of the Clones. She appeared in several scenes and had a few brief conversations with Senator Padmé Amidala.

While many of the previous handmaiden scenes in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones focused on the decoy/protection part of the handmaiden job, Dormé’s scenes gave us a look at the handmaiden as counselor and confidante to Senator Amidala. She’s as close as we got in the prequels to Padmé having a conversation with a female friend.

Dormé appeared in the Prequel Trilogy Graphic Novel but the best comic version of Dormé appeared in Issue #1 of the Attack of the Clones comic. In the scene below you truly get a sense of how close Padmé and Dormé’s relationship was.

Dormé didn’t get an action figure but she did get a few trading cards.

 

Coming up tomorrow the final handmaiden from Attack of the Clones, Teckla Minnau.

Day 25 – Versé and Cordé

Versé and Cordé are the first handmaidens profiled in this project from Attack of the Clones.

In the beginning of the film, we see a woman who looks like Padmé Amidala.

Cordé

But this is not Padmé, it’s her handmaiden Cordé serving as her decoy. As Cordé walks down a ship ramp there’s another woman right behind her that you can barely see (circled below). This is Padmé’s handmaidens named Versé.

Cordé Versé

As the women are walking down the ramp there’s an explosion that kills both Cordé and Versé. Padmé and Cordé (played by Veronica Segura) are able to exchange a few words before Cordé dies, but we never see any more of Versé. I couldn’t find any records of the name of the actress who played Versé.

Cordé

Here’s the same scene in the Prequel Trilogy Graphic Novel.

Coming tomorrow is a closer look at another handmaiden from Attack of the Clones, Dormé.

Day 24 – Fé and Dané

Fé and Dané

If you’ve never heard of the Naboo Handmaidens Fé and Dané you’re not alone. Fé only appears in one shot at the very end of The Phantom Menace and Dané did not appear in the film at all. I’m including them in this project to shine a light on how pick-up shots (filming done after principal photography has ended) can change a film and how new characters are created for games based on large film franchises.

Let’s take a closer look at the scene below where Amidala and a group of four handmaidens welcome Palpatine home before the big Naboo celebration.

In the first screenshot below you can see three handmaidens.

A fourth handmaiden to their right is revealed in this next screenshot.

A third screenshot shows a handmaiden on the far left that looks like the one who is on the far left of the first screenshot. But who is the handmaiden to the right of her? It sure doesn’t look like any of the other four handmaidens. This handmaiden is Fé played by actress Fay David. She stood in as a handmaiden at some point and it appears got a Star Wars character named after herself (well done). She even has her own Wookieepedia page.

The shot above is all we get of Fé as she seems to have disappeared in the following shots.

I was going to guess that some of the handmaidens in yellow in this sequence might be Eirtaé or Yané but I think it’s likely that these are all different actresses who filled in for pick-up shots.

Here’s a photo from Star Wars Year by Year A Visual History in a section that describes five days of pick-up photography done for The Phantom Menace that was needed to clarify action and expand on new ideas. These four women look to be the same four women in the above screenshots (notably without Fé who must have filmed her scene at a different time).I also found this Lisa Lloyd autograph for sale (she was credited as a film extra on The Phantom Menacehere.

If some of the handmaidens from this scene don’t have names I officially want to recommend Saffé, Romé, Elsé, and Amé as possible names as a fun reference to my daughter, my favorite cat, my niece, and myself.

The story of Dané is much more straightforward. She was a character created for the game Star Wars: Invasion of Theed Adventure Game, a roleplaying game released in 2000.

  

I’m not sure why a brand new handmaiden was created for this game, but she seems to have had a very full life serving as a handmaiden, mercenary, and assassin at various points in her life. Read more about Dané on her Wookieepedia page.

Coming up tomorrow is a look at two of the handmaidens in Attack of the Clones.