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"We gotta find out which cell this princess of yours is in. Here it is. 2187."
―Han Solo to Luke Skywalker[2]

Cell 2187 was Princess Leia Organa's cell on the original Death Star. Found in Detention Block AA-23, sub-level five, an area reserved for political prisoners,[3] Organa was held here after she was captured by Darth Vader and tortured by an IT-O Interrogation Unit. Following the destruction of Alderaan, she was scheduled to be executed, but Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca effected a daring rescue.[2]

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Behind the scenes[]

"Many people feel that in the sort of contemplation of nature and in communication with other living things, they become aware of some kind of… force or something behind this apparent mask which we see in front of us, and they call it God or they—you know—depending on their particular disposition to the questioning—"
"You mean feelings or thoughts? Of some aspect of it?"
"Of some aspect of it. To me, it's not the same thing as a world full of human beings. There's something gone, there's something missing."
"And then the people say 'Well this is good, let's have more of it.' Somebody walks up and you say 'Your number's 21-87 isn't it?' Boy does that person really smile."
―Two men in the film 21-87[4]

"Cell 2187" is a reference to the short film 21-87, a commentary on a machine-dominated society that was directed by Arthur Lipsett and which inspired George Lucas to make the film THX-1138.[4][5]

Finn's stormtrooper designation in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens is FN-2187, a reference by writer-director J.J. Abrams to this cell number in the original film.

In A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy, Leia Organa is also designated as "Prisoner 2187."


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Notes and references[]

  1. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  3. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  4. 4.0 4.1 YouTube 21-87 on the NFB YouTube channel (backup link)
  5. TwitterLogo Star Wars (@starwars) on Twitter (April 11, 2020): "Finn's stormtrooper number was FN-2187. The # is a homage to cell 2187 located in detention block AA-23 on the Death Star, the cell of Princess Leia in A New Hope. Cell 2187 from ANH is a ref. to "21-87" a National Film Board of Canada short that inspired a young George Lucas." (backup link)

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