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"Captain, look!"
"Shields up!"
―Antidar Williams 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 Saak'ak, Williams and Madakor waited onboard the Radiant VII, but were killed when the cruiser was destroyed by laser fire from a ceiling-mounted droid laser turret.

BiographyEdit

"The chancellor should never have brought them into this. Kill them immediately."
"Yes. Yes, my lord, urm, as you wish."
―Sidious gives Gunray the order that leads to Williams's death — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
Radiant Cockpit

Williams piloted the Radiant VII.

Antidar Williams[3] was a male human who served as a pilot in the Judicial Forces of the Galactic Republic.[2] In the year 32 BBY,[1] he piloted the Republic Diplomatic Corps Consular-class space cruiser Radiant VII alongside Captain Maoi Madakor[4] to the Naboo system while transporting Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi. The two Jedi were acting as ambassadors to the Trade Federation on behalf of Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum, and planned to present his terms during negotiations on ending the Federation's blockade of the planet Naboo.[2]

Upon reaching the blockade, the Radiant VII docked in a hangar on board the Trade Federation[2] flagship Saak'ak.[5] Williams and Madakor remained on board the cruiser while the Jedi left to meet with the Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray. Upon learning that Jedi had been sent to negotiate, Gunray contacted his master, Sith Lord Darth Sidious, who ordered him to kill the Republic party.[2]

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 escape the Saak'ak, ultimately helping to defeat the Federation after it invaded Naboo.[2]

Personality and traitsEdit

Williams had fair skin, brown eyes, and black hair.[2]

EquipmentEdit

While on the Radiant VII, Williams wore a blue Judicial Forces uniform.[2]

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."
―Carson speaks about getting the role of Williams[src]
NuteDatabank

As Gunray, Carson was responsible for the death of Williams, who he also portrayed.

Antidar Williams was created for the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace in which he was played by Silas Carson.[2] Carson initially auditioned for a separate, slightly more prominent pilot role that ended up not making it into the film,[6] and met with casting director Robin Gurland, who enjoyed the interview with him and so mentioned him to director George Lucas. Deciding that Williams looked like an interesting person, Lucas had Williams come back in for animatics[7] and then gave him the part of the Jedi Ki-Adi-Mundi instead.[6]

He was later also given the roles of Nute Gunray, and Senator Lott Dod 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, and so when it came time to cast Williams, she asked Carson if he would like the role.[6] All of the scenes in the cockpit of the Radiant VII were filmed on September 8, 1997.[8]

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 Tipley speaks about naming Antidar Williams[src]
Republic Cruiser SWE

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

The character's name was first given in canon by the mobile card game Star Wars: Force Collection,[3] which initially launched in 2013. Although the launch of Force Collection predates[9] the Star Wars canon reset of 2014,[10] Lucasfilm Story Group member Leland Chee confirmed that the game was kept updated to fit with canon.[11]

In Star Wars Legends, Williams appeared prior to the film's release in the novelization of The Phantom Menace written by Terry Brooks. The character was first given a surname by the Coruscant Limited set of cards for the Star Wars Customizable Card Game in 2001.[12] 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.[13]

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