- "Lord Vader, the battle station plans are not aboard this ship and no transmissions were made. An escape pod was jettisoned during the fighting but no life forms were aboard."
- ―Commander Praji, to Darth Vader
Praji was a male human who served as a commander in the Imperial military. In 0 BBY, he served on the Devastator, Darth Vader's flagship, where he was tasked with capturing R2-D2 and C-3PO on Tatooine.
Behind the scenes
- "Do you remember your initial impressions of the movie?"
"Absolutely. "What is this all about?" I don't think anyone knew [what Star Wars was], except maybe George Lucas, and I'm not sure he knew all the time!"
- ―Scott Chernoff and George Roubicek on Celebration IV
Praji was played uncredited by George Roubicek in the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the first installment of the Star Wars original trilogy. Praji's lines, however, were dubbed by an American actor, so Praji's voice didn't at all resemble Roubicek's. In Star Wars Legends, the character's first name was established as "Nahdonnis."
Praji's appearance was in the Tantive IV sequence shot over three days in July 1976 at the virtual end of Episode IV's principal photography, on the Tantive IV main corridor set erected on Stage 9 of Elstree Studios, just at the north of London. Praji was adressed as "Second Officer" in the revised fourth draft script of A New Hope, in which Vader orders fellow officer Daine Jir rather than Praji to "send a detachment down", as shown in the Star Wars: Behind the Magic and Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays.
During Celebration IV in May 2007, George Roubicek took part in a round-table discussion chaired by Scott Chernoff, in which he reminisced about his role. His fellow participants were Kenneth Colley (Firmus Piett), David Prowse (Darth Vader), Barrie Holland (Renz), Richard LeParmentier (Conan Antonio Motti), and Julian Glover (Maximilian Veers). Their conversation was later published in Star Wars Insider 96.
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (First appearance)
- Star Wars: A New Hope junior novelization (First identified as Praji)
- Star Wars: The Original Trilogy – A Graphic Novel
- "The Sith of Datawork"—From a Certain Point of View (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- Star Wars: A New Hope junior novelization
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- Ross, Robert (2004). "George Roubicek: Director" (Notes). Monkey: The Thirteen Lost Episodes (DVD). United Kingdom: Fabulous Films.
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Premiere Limited (Card: Commander Praji) (backup link)
- "The Men Who Built the Empire"—Star Wars Insider 96, p. 20–25
- Star Wars: Behind the Magic
- Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays