Hey there, Rebelscum fans! Welcome back to Endor week here on the site, where weíre exploring the history and development of the final film in the original trilogy, the forest moon of Endor, and the adorable Ewok creatures. Make sure to check out our ďExpand Your Mind
Ē segment first to get all the inside details on the behind-the-scenes development, but make sure to stay tuned for more articles, videos, and merchandising spotlights.
When spotlighting just one of the Ewok characters, it would be impossible to go with anyone other than Wicket W. Warrick. The youthful Ewok warrior who encounters Princess Leia was an important peace bridger between the rebels and the Ewoks, and he became the star of many Ewoks spinoffs projects. We spotlighted Wicketís adventures in the television films Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor,
as well as the animated Ewoks
series, this week on our ďTimeline Breakdown
Warwick Davis was only eleven years old when he was cast in Return of the Jedi
, and earned the role after his grandmother heard a casting notice calling for short actors to join the production of Revenge of the Jedi
. Davis was already a massive Star Wars
fan, and he memorably cites that upon officially being cast, he received an entire batch of Kenner action figures from Mark Hamill himself!
At three feet and seven inches, Davis has spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita, a rare form of dwarfism. While actors with dwarfism were cast for their height in Return of the Jedi
(R2-D2 himself, Kenny Baker, portrayed Logray), it was important to Lucas and Marquad to have a child actor in the role of Wicket. Wicket was intended to be a more innocent, temperamental character who is ripped from his home in a similar way to how Luke was in A New Hope
Davisís work in Return of the Jedi
was an important moment in cinematic history, as it helped raise the status of actors with dwarfism, who were often discriminated against. Davis himself became an instant celebrity, and as of today he is the highest grossing supporting actor of all-time. Outside of Star Wars
, Davisís other iconic roles include the titular antagonist in the Leprechaun
franchise, Professor Filius Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter
films, and the lead role in George Lucasís medieval fantasy adventure Willow
However, Davis certainly never abandoned Star Wars
, and heís appeared in many cameo appearances throughout the entire franchise. In The Phantom Menace
, he plays three roles: Anakinís Rodian childhood friend Wald, an unnamed ally of Watto who watches the Podrace, and Yoda in the sequence where Obi-Wan reveals his intention to train Anakin. He was also Wollvian in The Force Awakens
, Weasel in Solo
, and returned to cameo as Wicket in The Rise of Skywalker
Although Wicket starred in the two Ewoks
films and the animated show, his adventures after Return of the Jedi
are largely unexplored in Expanded Universe material. The few things known about his exploits in the New Republic era were told in the original Marvel Comic series during the rebelsí extended stay on Endor following their victory.
What do you think, Rebelscum
fans! Is Wicket your all-time favorite Ewok, or do you have another favorite? Do we have any Chief Chirpa or Logray supporters? Let us know in the forums
, and as always, may the Force be with you!