Attack of the Clones

Character: Anakin Skywalker
Release Date : May 16, 2021
Directed By : George Lucas
Written By : George Lucas
Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Mystery / Romance / Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating : PG
Produced by : Rick McCallum
Distributed by : Lucas Film and 20th Century Fox
Budget : $120,000,000

Ewan McGregor…Obi-Wan Kenobi
Natalie Portman…Senator Padmé Amidala
Christopher Lee…Count Dooku AKA Darth Tyranus
Samuel L. Jackson….Mace Windu
Frank Oz…Yoda
Ian McDiarmid…Supreme Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious
Pernilla Augus…Shmi Skywalker-Lars
Temuera Morrison…Jango Fett
Jimmy Smits…Bail Organa
Ahmed Best…Jar Jar Binks

Filming Locations :
Chott el Djerid, Nefta, Tunisia
(Lars family homestead, Tatooine)

Ealing Studios, Ealing, London, England, UK

Elstree Film Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK

Fox Studios, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Oung Jmel, Nefta, Tunisia
(Mos Espa, Tatooine)

Plaza de España, Sevilla, Sevilla, Andalucía, Spain

Royal Palace, Caserta, Campania, Italy
(Naboo Royal Palace)

Sidi Driss Hotel, Matmata, Tunisia
(Lars family homestead, Tatooine)

Villa Balbianello, Lake Como, Lombardia, Italy
(site of wedding, Naboo)


The Star Wars saga continues with Star Wars Attack of the Clones. Anakin Skywalker has grown into an accomplished Jedi apprentice, and he faces his most difficult challenge yet as he must choose between his Jedi duty and forbidden love. Ten years after the ‘Phantom Menace’ threatened the planet Naboo, Padmé Amidala is now a Senator representing her homeworld. Anakin is sent to Naboo with Padme and Obi-Wan is sent to the planet of Kamino where he will investigate the assassination attempts. Little does he know, he is investigating some of the biggest events of the Star Wars saga, as he finds out that there is a connection between the assassination attempts and a separatists movement led by a former Jedi (Christopher Lee) against the Republic.

Trivia and Facts:
• When Anakin is talking to Padme before going off in search of his mother on Tatooine,
the positions of their shadows change between shots.
• Hayden Christensen’s hand was digitally re-mastered in the first kiss on Naboo scene.

• Actors auditioning for the part of Anakin included Ryan Phillippe, Paul Walker, and Colin Hanks.
Like Ewan McGregor in Episode 1, Hayden Christensen made “lightsaber noises” the first time he was handed
one in rehearsal. After chuckling at the young star’s antics, George Lucas informed him that they probably had people in sound effects who could do a better job in post production.

• When Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin (Hayden Christensen) enter the bar on Coruscant to search for the assassin known as ‘Zam Wesell’ (Leanna Walsman), several actors from the Star Wars movies (whose faces are not seen due to costumes make-up or CGI) can be spotted, including Ahmed Best, (voice of Jar Jar Binks) whom Anakin touches on the shoulder and Anthony Daniels (C-3P0).

• Anakin Skywalker says the line “I have a bad feeling about this” while tied up in the arena. This line is also in episode I, IV, V & VI.

• In this movie, Hayden Christenson became the only actor in any Star Wars movie who didn’t get to choose the design of his light sabre. It had been a tradition, but Christenson was stuck using a sabre of the same design that Obi-wan gives Luke in “Star Wars.”

• The Tatooine garage in which Luke cleaned the droids in Star Wars (1977) was rebuilt for this movie, but not completely:while the foreground and background were complete sets in the original film, only the foreground was rebuilt for Episode II; the background is digital.

Shoot onto Digital Video using a new 24 frame High Definition Progressive scan camera,developed by Sony and Panavision Inc. The cameras worked flawlessly even in temperatures of 125 degrees (F)

• Attack of the Clones was shot on exactly the same stages as Moulin Rouge,(2001) , also starring Ewan McGregor.

• Liam Neeson was to make an appearance in this film as a spirit just as Alec Guinness had done in Episode V and VI,but injuries sustained in motorcycle accident in early 2000 prevented him from working. Instead his voice can be heard in Yoda’s thoughts right after Anakin kills the tribe of Tuskin Raiders.

• According to visual-effects supervisor John Knoll, a big cow-like creature that Anakin and Padmé frolic around in the fields with, can be seen in the asteroid belt that Obi-Wan flies through. One asteroid has legs.

• When Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin (Hayden Christensen) enter the bar on Coruscant to search for the
assassin known as ‘Zam Wesell’ (Leanna Walsman), several actors from the Star Wars movies (whose faces are not seen due to costumes make-up or CGI) can be spotted, including Ahmed Best, (voice of Jar Jar Binks) whom Anakin touches on the shoulder and Anthony Daniels (C-3P0).

• The final shot of Padmé and Anakin looking out on the lake in Naboo with R2-D2 and C-3PO to their right is a reproduction of the final shot of _Star Wars: Episode V - Empire Strikes Back (1980)_ , where Luke and Leia are looking out into space from the ship with R2-D2 and C-3PO to their right.

• Just before Anakin goes to search for his mother on Tatooine, he has a conversation with Senator Amidala. The camera pans to their shadows as they talk, and Anakin’s resembles that of Darth Vader.

• According to the DVD commentary, the Vader-like shadow that Anakin casts was not a special effect but a coincidence.

• The yellow speeder that Anakin and Obi-Wan use while chasing Zam Wesell, appears to be inspired by the yellow ’32 Ford coupe from Lucas’ American Graffiti (1973)

• While on location in Tunisia, Lucas made one shot intended for Episode III. He claimed he would not be returning, and if he needed another shot, he wouldn’t get it. The nature of the supposed shot is unknown, although it is widely rumored to be the so-called ‘Harry Potter’ scene, in which Obi-Wan Kenobi delivers the infant Luke Skywalker to his aunt and uncle.

• During the scene set in the Lars homestead dining room, Owen Lars asks Anakin “Where are you going?” as he is the first one to leave the table. This is a reference to a similar scene in A New Hope when Luke becomes anxious to leave and Aunt Beru asks where he’s going.

• The scene where Count Dooku visits the captive Obi-Wan Kenobi and tries to recruit him was not in the original script. This scene was designed to confuse the audience into thinking that Dooku may not be evil after all, and replaced two discarded scenes where his true allegiance was clearly stated; a brief meeting with Padme and Anakin, and their subsequent trial.

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• “Grown more beautiful I mean.”

• “I’d be much too frighten to tease a senator.”

• “Someday I will be the most powerful Jedi ever!”

• “You haven’t changed a bit, you’re exactly the way I remember you in my dreams”

• “I..I killed them.I killed them all.They’re dead,every single one of them.Not just the men, the women and children too.

They’re like animals,and I slaughtered them like animals…I HATE them!”

• “I haven’t seen her in ten years, master.”

• ” This is a short cut, I think ?”

• “Quiet as a tomb!”

• ” WHY ?”

• “I’d much rather dream about Padmé. Just being around her again is… intoxicating”

• “You love me? I thought we decided not to fall in love, that we would be forced to live a lie and that it would destroy our lives ?”

• “We could keep it a secret ?”

• “Attachment is forbidden. Possession is forbidden, Compassion, which I would define as unconditional love, is central to a Jedi’s life, so you might say we’re encouraged to love.”

• “I’m a Jedi!”

• “From the moment I met you, all those years ago, not a day hasn’t gone by when I haven’t thought of you, and now that I’m with you again, I’m in agony.

The closer I get to you, the worse it gets. The thought of not being with you, I can’t breathe. I’m haunted by the kiss you should

never have given me.My heart is beating, hoping that kiss will not become a scar. You are in my very soul, tormenting me.What can I do? I will do anything you ask ?”

• “You’re presence is soothing.”

• “Jedi don’t have nightmares.”

• “You love me?”

• “I mean for her protection master of course.”

• “No harm will come to her.”

• “She didn’t like me watching her.”

• “She’s forgotten me completely.”

• “It’s not fair!”

• “He thinks I’m too unpredictable.”

• “I’m really ahead of him..”

• “You’re going to pay for all the Jedi you killed Dooku!”

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