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"Get him!"
―A clone trooper chasing Zett Jukassa[src]

Zett Jukassa was a human male Padawan of the Jedi Order during the time of the Galactic Republic. He was present in the Jedi Archives, the Order's library within the Jedi Temple on the planet Coruscant, in 22 BBY. Three years later, in 19 BBY, Order 66 was declared by the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, leading to clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic attacking the Jedi Temple. As Jukassa attempted to flee the siege, he came across several troopers. Although he was able to incapacitate a number of them, Jukassa was slain in battle by Clone Sergeant Fox as Senator Bail Organa watched.

Biography[]

"No!"
―Bail Organa's reaction to Jukassa's death[src]

Zett Jukassa was born in 29 BBY[1] and, after being trained as a Jedi of the Jedi Order, he attained the rank of Padawan[3] during the time of the Galactic Republic. Prior to the start of the Clone Wars,[5] in 22 BBY,[6] Jukassa was present in the Order's library, the Jedi Archives, located in the Jedi Temple on the Core Worlds planet of Coruscant. As Jedi librarian Jocasta Nu conversed with Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jukassa walked up to Nu, who then attended to him after finishing with Kenobi.[5]

Jukassa fights clone troopers during the execution of Order 66.

In 19 BBY,[2] Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine, secretly the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, issued Order 66 to the clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic, labeling the entire Jedi Order as traitors to the state. As such, Jukassa and his Jedi brethren were forced to fight for their lives when the Sith Lord Darth Vader and the Grand Army of the Republic's 501st Legion stormed the Temple with orders to exterminate its inhabitants.[4] Jukassa attempted to flee via one of the Temple hangars,[7] but he ran into a group of clone troopers on the landing platform.[4] The Padawan fought heroically against them[3] with his lightsaber, executing a flip and killing several clones,[4] as well as striking down Commander Appo,[7] before being shot and killed[4] by Clone Sergeant Fox.[8] Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan, who had arrived to investigate the disturbance at the Temple, witnessed the entire fight[4] and was horrified by Jukassa's death.[3]

In 18 BBY,[9] Organa experienced nightmares about the night that he witnessed Jukassa die. In some versions of the dream, he was able to save the Padawan; in others, the clones shot Organa as well as Jukassa. When Organa learned of Jedi activity on the Outer Rim Territories moon of Raada, it filled his heart with dread as he remembered the night of Order 66.[10]

Personality and traits[]

Zett Jukassa wounded Commander Appo during the 501st Legion's assault on the Jedi Temple.

Though only a young Jedi at the time of Order 66, Zett Jukassa heroically fought back against the invading clone troopers. He was a human male and stood at 1.57 meters.[3] Jukassa had light skin, blue eyes, and he wore a Padawan braid in his brown hair.[4]

Powers and abilities[]

During the night of Order 66, Jukassa used his lightsaber to overwhelm a group of clone troopers. He was able to deflect blaster shots with his lightsaber, parrying several shots before being fatally wounded.[4]

Equipment[]

Jukassa wore gray Jedi robes and carried a blue-bladed lightsaber.[4]

Behind the scenes[]

"Jett really did well. He likes to play, so when we rehearsed with him we would have half an hour of playing and half an hour of rehearsing. I think he was keeping a whole load back. He actually nailed it in the first few days and he just wanted to come and play, because when he went on the set he did it in his sleep. There was no trouble at all for him."
―Nick Gillard on the performance of Jett Lucas[src]

Zett Jukassa was portrayed by Jett Lucas.

Jett Lucas, son of Star Wars creator George Lucas, portrayed Zett Jukassa[11] in the 2002 prequel trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones,[5] as well as the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, where he was first identified in its credits.[4] In a deleted sequence from Episode II, Jukassa walks by Obi-Wan Kenobi on a flight of stairs and nods at him. Around twenty takes of the scene were shot.[12] The character's name was changed several times during production of Episode III; his alternate names included Titi Jukassa, Tado Jukassa, and simply Tado. Ultimately, it was decided that he would be known as Zett Jukassa.[13] His scene for Revenge of the Sith—which was numbered 113—was filmed on Monday, July 28, 2003 on Stage 5 at Shepperton Studios. The set was raised and filmed on a bluescreen.[14]

For the role, Lucas trained with stunt coordinators Nick Gillard and Kyle Rowling on how to use his lightsaber to fight against the digitally created clone troopers. Before they taught him more complicated moves, they began with basic techniques such as sword twirling. For Jukassa's flip, Gillard originally intended to have Lucas perform it in wires. While the scene was indeed recorded in that manner, Lucas was later asked to jump and pretend to land, with the rest being done digitally. George Lucas's direction for Jukassa was to act angry for the scene. Gillard, as well as Lucas's sister, Katie Lucas, thought that Jett did quite well in his portrayal of Jukassa.[11]

In the Star Wars Legends continuity, Lucas chose for his character in Episode II to be known as Padawan Warpoc Skamini,[13] though after the release of Episode III, the two characters were merged into one via a backstory[11] revealed in "Order 66: Destroy All Jedi," a magazine article written by Daniel Wallace and published in Star Wars Insider 87[15] on April 17, 2006.[16] Wallace did not remember where the the Skamini name originated from.[17] Jukassa's StarWars.com Databank entry confirmed that the two roles were still intended to be one character in the new Star Wars canon.[3]

Appearances[]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The script of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, as seen in Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith: Illustrated Screenplay, states that Zett Jukassa is ten years old. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates Revenge of the Sith to 19 BBY, Jukassa must have been born in 29 BBY.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, which include the death of Zett Jukassa on Coruscant, to 19 BBY.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 StarWars-DatabankII.png Zett Jukassa in the Databank (backup link)
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  6. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, which include the appearance of Zett Jukassa, to 22 BBY.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Helmet Collection logo small.png Star Wars Helmet Collection 16 (Helmets: 501st Legion Stormtroopers)
  8. Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Clone Sergeant Fox (★★★★))
  9. Ahsoka takes place one year after the events of Order 66, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Therefore, Ahsoka must be set in 18 BBY.
  10. Ahsoka
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 StarWars.com The Force Runs Strong In This Family: Jett, Amanda & Katie: Cameo Appearances on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  12. YouTube.png Sandtroopers Interrogation: Meet Jett Lucas on the sandtroopersDOTcom YouTube channel (backup link)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Databank title.png Jukassa, Zett in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  14. The Making of Star Wars Revenge of the Sith
  15. SWInsider.png "Order 66: Destroy All Jedi"—Star Wars Insider 87
  16. StarWars.com Inside Star Wars Insider #87 on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  17. TwitterLogo.svg Daniel Wallace (@danwallaceMSP) on Twitter: "Almost positive it's not my creation, but also can't recall where I lifted that backstory info from." (backup link)
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