You Cast ‘Star Wars: Heir to the Empire’ Round Four: Wedge Antilles


Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars: Heir to the Empire was a blockbuster and boundary breaker: It broke out of the fan underground and onto the New York Times Bestseller list, broke down the boundaries between film and written word, proving succinctly that a story is never truly over as long as someone wants to hear more, and broke through the known limits of the Star Wars universe, exploring places that the original trilogy never did. Would we have had an Expanded Universe without Heir to the Empire? Probably not.

Heir to the Empire picks up five years after Return of the Jedi. The galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Emperor. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins and Luke Skywalker is now the first in a long awaited new line of Jedi Knights.

But thousands of light-years away the last of the Emperor’s warlords-the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn-has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet. He’s ready it for war and aimed it right at the heart of the fragile new republic.

Fans would love to see an Heir to the Empire movie, and we would too! To celebrate the 20th anniversary edition of Heir to the Empire, we’re going to indulge in a little game of what-if, and we’d like for you to play along. We thought it would be fun to try to cast each of the book’s major roles, and after a little email brainstorming, we came up with a list of likely candidates to portray the key characters. We’d like our readers to help narrow them down and cast the movie.

We’ll list a character each weekday and the five actors we think are right for the part. You simply vote for the actor you want to see win the role. Don’t like our choices? Cast a write-in vote using the embedded poll software! We’ll announce our final cast on September 20.

Oh, and we should mention that since it’s been decades since Return of the Jedi was filmed we’ll need to recast all of the characters, so we’ll be asking you to cast new actors in some of the saga’s most iconic roles. Controversial? Maybe. Fun to discuss? You bet!

Today’s character is Wedge Antilles.


Wedge Antilles: Gifted pilot Wedge Antilles flew alongside Luke Skywalker in some of the most dangerous missions in the Rebellion era, including the Battle of Yavin and the Battle of Hoth. A friend of Skywalker’s, Antilles went on to co-found the famed Rogue Squadron.

Here are five actors we think might make a good Wedge Antilles. Click the links to view their IMDB profiles, and then vote for your choice:

Edward Norton
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Jake Gyllenhaal
David Tennant
Casey Affleck



See you Monday for round five: Mara Jade!

  • Space Girl

    Ed Norton would be great, but I think he may be a little too old for the role. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a good option though.

  • Peter

    I went with David Tennant on this one, mainly because I am a Dr. Who fan, but also because I think he could pull off the fighter pilot character well.

  • Jason Scott

    This one’s tough because this is the only character so far that’s actually already been in the movies–and I think Denis Lawson could still play the part:

  • Nathaniel

    Anyone seen Bones on TV? The minute I saw that show I instantly though, Bones and Booth, Princess Leia and Han Solo!!!

    Emily Deschanel – Princess Leia –
    David Boreanaz – Han Solo –

    What do you think??!!

  • manu intiraymi. right age and i think he can totally pull off being wedge, serious with a touch of smart ass.

  • izikavazo

    Check this out. Google Alex Wyndham. He IS Wedge Antilles.

  • Space Girl

    @Izikavazo- That guy totally is Wedge! Wow, I’d vote for him.

  • Star

    I think the edward furlough (from American History X) would be great as Wedge. He just seems to have the attitude to pull off the Rebellion’s greatest fighter pilot (Luke not withstanding).

  • Donna

    If I was casting this film I would stick as many of the original cast as I could. It would not be a Star Wars movie without the originals in it.

  • Bren

    My mind went immediatley to Nathan Fillion. I put him in as an “Other” nominee…

  • George

    I’m holding out on Nathan Fillion until Han Solo comes up.

  • Bryce

    I think daniel Craig would be a good Wedge.

  • Dark Father

    Jim Caviezel

  • Mary Ann

    Ewan McGregor is Lawson’s nephew so would be great in the part – just forget he was ever ObiWan

  • hanimal

    Edward Norton was made for this part – yes, he’s a little old, but he’d still be perfect. Besides, he doesn’t look his age.

  • Joanna Chan

    My personal choices for Wedge:
    Wedge aged 14-24: Joseph Mazzello.
    Wedge aged 25-34: Edward Norton.
    Wedge aged 35 (SoA)-45: Ben Miller. (British comedian)
    Wedge aged >45: David Strathairn. Or of course Denis Lawson (who recently turned 64).
    In an alternate universe where Wedge speaks Cantonese, then Tony Leung Chiu Wai please. 🙂

  • Em

    Wow, @Izikavazo! That guys IS Wedge. Best casting I have ever seen.