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"Who else has been nominated?"
"Bail Antilles of Alderaan and Ainlee Teem of Malastare."
―Queen Padmé Amidala and Captain Quarsh Panaka[src]

Bail Antilles was a male human who represented the planet Alderaan in the Galactic Senate in the waning years of the Galactic Republic. Antilles was nominated to succeed Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum after the Galactic Senate chose to remove Valorum from the chancellery.

BiographyEdit

A male human, Senator Bail Antilles represented the planet Alderaan in the Galactic Senate in the last decades of the Galactic Republic[2] and was related to fellow senator Bail Organa's wife, Breha Organa.[3] At the time of the Invasion of Naboo, he was assisted by Liana Merian[4] and Agrippa Aldrete.[2] When Queen Padmé Amidala of Naboo failed to convince the Senate to stop the Trade Federation occupation of her homeworld, she called for a Vote of No Confidence in Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum, whose chancellery had been hampered by the bureaucracies of the Senate. Along with Ainlee Teem of Malastare and Sheev Palpatine of Naboo, Antilles was nominated to succeed Valorum as Supreme Chancellor. Palpatine ultimately won the election[1]—an outcome that led to the Clone Wars[5] and the rise of the Galactic Empire.[6] At some point following the political defeat to Palpatine, Antilles was succeeded by Bail Organa.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

"Alderaan seconds the motion for a vote of no confidence in Chancellor Valorum."
―Adrian Dunbar as "Bail Organa," in a deleted scene from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace — Quote-audio Listen (file info)[src]

The name Bail Antilles dates back to the original drafts of the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. The May 1974 rough draft of the film depicted Bail Antilles as a rugged-looking galactic trader and confederate of Aquillian Ranger Clieg Whitsun.[7] A revised treatment in 1975 changed the character to an Aquillian Ranger himself and co-pilot of Luke Starkiller, the character who would ultimately become Luke Skywalker.[8] As the story developed further, Bail Antilles was initially established as the father of Princess Leia from Ogana Major.[9] After Ogana Major was renamed Alderaan, the slightly-tweaked name of Organa was given to Leia and her royal family.[10] The rough draft version of Bail Antilles appears in the 2013 comic book series The Star Wars, an adaptation of George Lucas' draft.[11]

Alderaan Delegation

Adrian Dunbar as "Bail Organa" (right) in a deleted scene from The Phantom Menace

Canonically, Bail Antilles was first mentioned in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.[1] Actor Adrian Dunbar filmed scenes for the role, which at that point was referred to as Bail Organa. In the deleted scene, "Organa" seconded Queen Amidala's call for a Vote of No Confidence in Chancellor Valorum.[12] During production, the character's name was changed to Bail Antilles,[13] and Jimmy Smits was ultimately cast for the part of Bail Organa in the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.[5] Dunbar was disappointed after hearing from director George Lucas that the scene had been cut, as the actor took the part because Lucas originally intended to include him in the rest of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.[14]

Despite only being mentioned in the film, Antilles made a few appearances in books and other material in the Expanded Universe, which has since been rebranded as the non-canon Star Wars Legends line. He appeared in two James Luceno novels, 2001's Cloak of Deception[15] and 2012's Darth Plagueis.[16] He was also referred in Luceno's 2005 novel Labyrinth of Evil.[17] Several reference books also made mention of the character to provide information about him, such as The New Essential Chronology.[18]

AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 34 (Weapons & Uniforms: Citizens of Alderaan)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Topps logo Star Wars: Card Trader (Card: Bail Organa - Galactic Senate - Base Series 1)
  4. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  6. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  7. The Star Wars–Rough Draft. Starkiller–The Jedi Bendu Script Site. Archived from the original on February 20, 2020. Retrieved on December 29, 2015.
  8. Adventures of the Starkiller (Second Draft). Starkiller–The Jedi Bendu Script Site. Archived from the original on February 20, 2020. Retrieved on December 29, 2015.
  9. The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film
  10. Databank title Alderaan in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  11. The Star Wars 1
  12. Databank title Organa, Bail in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  13. StarWarsDotComBlogsLogoStacked "Mistaken Identities" – Keeper of the Holocron's Blog, Leland Chee's StarWars.com Blog (content now obsolete; archived from the original)
  14. Adrian Dunbar talks about being cut from Episode I. TheForce.Net. Archived from the original on February 20, 2020. Retrieved on April 8, 2013.
  15. Cloak of Deception
  16. Darth Plagueis
  17. Labyrinth of Evil
  18. The New Essential Chronology
  19. As mentioned in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, Bail Antilles served as the senator of Alderaan at the time of the Naboo Crisis, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places in 32 BBY.
  20. Topps logo Star Wars: Card Trader (Card: Bail Organa - Galactic Senate - Base Series 1)
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