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"Captain, look!"
"Shields up!"
―Antidar Williams's and Maoi Madakor's last words — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Antidar Williams was a human male who served in the Judicial Forces of the Galactic Republic. In 32 BBY, he and Captain Maoi Madakor piloted the Consular-class space cruiser Radiant VII while transporting two Jedi ambassadorsQui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi—to the Naboo system in order to negotiate an end to the Trade Federation's blockade of the planet Naboo. After docking on the Federation flagship, the Saak'ak, Williams and Madakor waited aboard the Radiant VII but were killed when the cruiser was ambushed and destroyed by a ceiling-mounted droid laser turret.

BiographyEdit

"The chancellor should never have brought them into this. Kill them immediately."
"Yes. Yes, my lord, uh, as you wish."
―Darth Sidious orders Nute Gunray to kill the Jedi, leading to Antidar Williams's death — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
Radiant Cockpit

Antidar Williams piloted the Radiant VII.

Antidar Williams[5] was a human male who served as a pilot[3] in the Judicial Forces[4] of the Galactic Republic.[3] In the year 32 BBY,[1] he co-piloted the Republic Diplomatic Corps Consular-class space cruiser Radiant VII alongside Captain Maoi Madakor[6] while transporting Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, to the Naboo system. The two Jedi were acting as ambassadors on behalf of Republic Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum in the hopes of negotiating an end to the Trade Federation's blockade of the planet Naboo.[3]

Upon reaching the blockade, the Radiant VII docked in a hangar aboard the Trade Federation[3] flagship, the Saak'ak.[2] Williams and Madakor remained in the cruiser's cockpit while the Jedi left to meet with Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray. Learning that the Jedi had been sent to negotiate, Gunray contacted his master, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, who ordered him to kill the Republic party.[3]

Radiant VII destruction

Williams was killed in the destruction of the Radiant VII.

Under Gunray's orders, a droid laser turret descended from the ceiling in the hangar where the Radiant VII was parked and opened fire on the vessel. Williams saw the attack coming and tried to warn Madakor, who ordered him to activate the cruiser's shields, but it was too late, and both were killed as the cruiser exploded. The Jedi were able to avoid the Federation's attempt on their lives and escaped the Saak'ak, ultimately helping to defeat the Federation after it invaded Naboo.[3]

Personality and traitsEdit

Antidar Williams had black hair, brown eyes, and light skin.[3]

EquipmentEdit

While on the Radiant VII, Williams wore a blue Judicial Forces uniform.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

"But I said to Robin, 'I would really like to appear in the film at some point so people could see my face,' and when the Jedi's pilot came up, they offered it to me."
―Silas Carson, on getting the role of Antidar Williams[src]
NuteDatabank

As Nute Gunray, Silas Carson was responsible for the death of Antidar Williams, whom he also portrayed.

Antidar Williams was created for the 1999 prequel trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, in which he was played by Silas Carson.[3] Although Carson initially auditioned for a separate, slightly more prominent pilot role that ended up not making it into the film,[7] casting director Robin Gurland enjoyed the interview with him and so mentioned him to director George Lucas. Deciding that Carson looked like an interesting person, Lucas had him come back in for animatics[8] and then gave him the part of the Jedi Ki-Adi-Mundi instead.[7]

Carson was later also given the roles of Nute Gunray and Senator Lott Dod, both of which, along with Mundi, required him to wear prosthetics that covered his face. Carson mentioned to Gurland that he would like for his actual face to appear in the film, so when it came time to cast Williams, Gurland asked him if he would like the role.[7] All of the scenes in the cockpit of the Radiant VII were filmed on September 8, 1997.[9]

NamingEdit

"I tried numerous ways of getting my own name or one of my nicknames in there, but in the end they didn't look right and were kind of an ego-trip anyway."
―Ian Tapley, on naming Antidar Williams[src]
Republic Cruiser SWE

Antidar Williams's first name is an anagram of his ship, the Radiant VII.

The Antidar Williams character was first given a name in the new Star Wars canon by the mobile card game Star Wars: Force Collection,[5] which initially launched in 2013. Although the launch of Force Collection predates[10] the Star Wars canon reset of 2014,[11] Lucasfilm Story Group member Leland Chee confirmed that the game was kept updated to fit with canon.[12]

In Star Wars Legends, Williams appeared prior to the film's release in the novelization of The Phantom Menace, written by Terry Brooks.[13] The character was originally given a surname by the Coruscant Limited expansion set of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game in 2001.[14] The forename "Antidar" was then created by fan Ian Tapley for the "What's The Story?" feature on StarWars.com. Tapley initially wanted the character's first name to be a tuckerization of his own name or one of his nicknames, but after being unable to come up with a satisfying result, he settled for an anagram of "radiant"—a reference to Williams's ship, the Radiant VII.[15]

AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, which includes Antidar Williams's death, to 32 BBY.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: Complete Vehicles identifies the starship that Antidar Williams dies aboard in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace as the Radiant VII, while Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know identifies the Trade Federation flagship where the Radiant VII was docked as the Saak'ak.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  4. 4.0 4.1 Tarkin identifies the organization that Antidar Williams is shown to be part of in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace as the Judicial Forces.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Antidar Williams (★) (link))
  6. Star Wars: Complete Vehicles
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 SWInsider "Manic Mundi"—Star Wars Insider 44
  8. SWInsider "Multiple Personality"—Star Wars Insider 83
  9. Creating the Worlds of Star Wars: 365 Days
  10. SWCustom-2011 Announcing Star Wars: Force Collection on StarWars.com (backup link)
  11. SWCustom-2011 The Legendary Star Wars Expanded Universe Turns a New Page on StarWars.com (backup link)
  12. TwitterLogo Leland Chee (@holocronkeeper) on Twitter "I'm not gonna go through the trouble of changing them and I don't have any reason to believe currently that anyone would. […] On the off-chance that we DID have a current need to change any of these, we would have for Force Collection." (backup link) (screenshot)Leland Chee of the Lucasfilm Story Group has confirmed that in-universe information from Star Wars: Force Collection conforms with Star Wars canon.
  13. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace novelization
  14. SWCCGsmall Star Wars Customizable Card GameCoruscant Limited (Card: Lieutenant Williams)
  15. StarWarsDotComBlogsLogoStacked "Lt. Antidar Williams: A 'What's the Story?' Story" – The Dark Side Databank, Ian Tapley's StarWars.com Blog (content now obsolete; archived from the original)
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