There are so many behind-the-scenes stories from the first three original Star Wars movies that it's not surprising to see us writing about them all these years later. This is one of the more head-scratching of them all, and it includes three female pilots who were cut from Return of the Jedi. Some footage of the female pilots is included among the extras on the Star Wars Blu-ray, but if you haven't seen it then here's a good look at the three, two of whom were A-Wing pilots during the Battle of Endor.
This first one (pictured above) is perhaps the most interesting one because she's visibly older than all of the other pilots. She's like Grandma Fighter Pilot, and we're curious to know why George Lucas included her. What was it about her that he wanted in the scene? Was it to signal the all-hands-on-deck mentality of the Rebels; where it literally took all of them joining together -- both young and old -- in order to defeat the Empire?
The pilot above had her one line, "Got it," dubbed over by a male's voice in postproduction.
The final pilot (seen above), played by Vivienne Chandler, actually had a page of dialogue that was entirely cut from the movie.
Why exactly they were all cut remains a mystery. There are women mulling about in the Rebel Cruiser briefing room, but none of them were shown in battle, and the theory behind that is it may have been a bit too harsh at the time to show female fighter pilots being killed in action. Whether that's the real reason or not, we'll have to wait for George Lucas to answer that question.
Do you think the inclusion of these female pilots would've altered the movie at all, or at least your perception of it?
[via Buzzfeed, Star Wars Aficionado]