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Wedge Antilles is a legendary pilot in the Star Wars universe, well-known for his crucial role in the original trilogy as a member of the Rebel Alliance. Introduced in the 1977 film, "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope," Wedge Antilles is portrayed by actor Denis Lawson. As a character spanning multiple films, books, and video games, his journey as an ace pilot and pivotal member of the Alliance and New Republic makes him a fan favorite.
Originally from the planet Corellia, Wedge Antilles would leave his homeworld behind to join the Rebel Alliance and aid in their fight against the Galactic Empire. His expertise as a pilot would be put to good use, as he played a key role in several major battles during the Galactic Civil War. One of his most notable accomplishments includes fighting in both the Battle of Yavin and Battle of Endor, helping to destroy both the first and second Death Stars, respectively.
Wedge was a founding member of the Rogue Squadron, a group of elite pilots assembled by the Rebel Alliance to undertake high-stakes missions. Throughout their time in service, the Rogue Squadron was involved in several crucial operations, including the capture of the planet Coruscant from the Empire. The group's notoriety eventually led to their story being featured in a series of novels and comic books written by various authors, as well their own video game series called "Star Wars: Rogue Squadron," where Wedge's character guides players through different missions.
Throughout the original trilogy of Star Wars films, Wedge remains a constant ally to the heroes of the Alliance. In "The Empire Strikes Back," he is seen fighting in the iconic Battle of Hoth, aiding in the defense of the rebel base on the ice planet. In "Return of the Jedi," Wedge's piloting skills were once again put to the test during the Battle of Endor, where his actions would contribute to the destruction of the Death Star II and the ultimate defeat of the Empire.
In addition to the film appearances, Wedge Antilles' story was further developed in the Expanded Universe (now known as Star Wars Legends). In this continuity, he continues to serve the New Republic after the fall of the Empire, eventually becoming a general and a key figure within the government. His adventures span numerous novels and comic books, cementing his legacy as a beloved character in Star Wars lore.
With the advent of Disney+'s acquisition of the franchise and the creation of the new Star Wars canon, Wedge's story in the post-Return of the Jedi era was effectively erased. He still appears in the films, novels, and comics set during the original trilogy period, and it remains to be seen how his character will be further developed in the new continuity.
Wedge Antilles remains a respected and beloved character within the Star Wars universe. His contributions as an ace pilot and member of the Rebel Alliance, as well as his continued service to the New Republic in the now-defunct Expanded Universe, have ensured that his legacy will be remembered by fans of the franchise for years to come.
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