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"Our last master was Captain Antilles, but with what we've been through, this little R2 unit has become a bit eccentric."
C-3PO, to Luke Skywalker[src]

Raymus Antilles was a human male from Alderaan. During his time in the service of the House of Organa, he captained the CR90 corvettes Tantive III and Tantive IV. Antilles died shortly after the Battle of Scarif while trying to protect Princess Leia Organa from being captured by Darth Vader.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

"The war will go on without me. It won't without you."
―Antilles, to Leia Organa[src]
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A younger Antilles circa 19 BBY.

A human male, Raymus Antilles hailed from the influential and peaceful planet of Alderaan.[3] He was schooled in diplomacy and became a capable starship pilot. Eventually, he came to work for the House of Organa, being entrusted to transport its members across the galaxy. As such, he served in the command staff of Senator Bail Organa, husband to Queen Breha of Alderaan.[1] Towards the end of the Clone Wars, Antilles piloted the CR70 corvette Tantive III for Bail.[6]

Imperial EraEdit

During the fall of the Galactic Republic and the early days of the Galactic Empire, Antilles was captain of the Tantive III. He was present when Bail saved Jedi Masters Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi from the Jedi Purge. After the birth of Padmé Amidala's twins Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, Antilles was given charge of Amidala's two droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO, and was instructed to wipe the latter's memory.[6] Antilles knew that Leia was Bail's adoptive daughter and over the years began to serve her as well as her father, but did not know the truth about her birth parents.[source?]

Early rebellionEdit

A year after the fall of the Republic, Antilles was present when former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano broke onto the Tantive IV and into Bail's quarters to discuss joining the rebellion. Concerned about Bail's safety, Antilles abruptly entered Bail's quarters with a security team whilst he was talking to Tano, but Bail assured him that she was a friend. Shortly after, Antilles was having a conversation with Bail in the Tantive IV's mess hall, when Tano approached the pair to devise a plan to help her remaining friends on the moon Raada. Once signaled by Tano, Antilles and the Tantive IV, along with several other transports and A-wings, traveled to Raada to help evacuate the farmers on the moon from Imperial occupation.[7]

Galactic Civil WarEdit

"We intercepted no transmissions! This is a consular ship! We're on a diplomatic mission!"
―Antilles' final words, to Darth Vader[src]
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Antilles rushes the Death Star plans to Princess Leia shortly after the Battle of Scarif.

Still a servant of the Organas, Antilles proved himself an extraordinary leader, as he broke through countless Imperial blockades to get supplies to the Alliance to Restore the Republic. He continued to serve Princess Leia, after she succeeded her father as Senator of Alderaan.[8]

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Antilles strangled by Darth Vader during his interrogation aboard the Tantive IV.

During the Battle of Scarif, Antilles was given the plans to the Death Star after Darth Vader's attack on the Profundity and immediately rushed the plans to the princess as they escaped into hyperspace aboard the Tantive IV.[9] However, Vader's flagship, the Devastator, followed them. Antilles and Leia learned from the ship's technicians that their damaged vessel was giving off a special signature that allowed the Empire to track them. Understanding this, Antilles attempted to write three letters, one for his wife, and two for his daughters, but he was never able to find the words. When the ship exited hyperspace, the Devastator was not far behind. The ship was captured in the Tatoo system. The captain was able to kill several stormtroopers before being brought to Vader. A loyal guard to the princess, the captain perished protecting her identity when Vader boarded the corvette and strangled him. The Dark Lord then tossed Antilles' lifeless body to the side after the unsuccessful interrogation.[2][10]

Behind the scenesEdit

Raymus Antilles was played by Peter Geddis in the 1977 original Star Wars film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[2] Rohan Nichol later played Antilles in the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.[6] Tim Beckmann then played Antilles in the 2016 Star Wars Anthology film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.[9]

For Antilles' appearance in Revenge of the Sith, director George Lucas proposed Denis Lawson, who played Wedge Antilles in the original trilogy, to appear as Raymus Antilles as Jeremy Bulloch had a cameo playing Colton. Lucas cast Nichol, his original choice, after Lawson turned down the offer.[source?]

Rohan Nichol suffered an accidental shaving incident leaving a noticeable nick on his chin that would not stop bleeding prior to filming for Revenge of the Sith. After apologizing to George Lucas for the blemish, the latter jokingly responded that the character "must have gotten it in the Clone Wars".[11]

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