Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace is actually the fourth film to be made for the series and stands as the storyline’s prequel, establishing the foundation for the 3 movies that followed in chronological order, though not the order of release. It was conceived, produced and directed by George Lucas. It was the highest grossing of the Star Wars films (according to Wikipedia).

Richard’s role as an Unnamed Fighter Pilot was, according to Richard, his first film role, “straight out of drama school”. It was released in 1999 along with Cleopatra and This Year’s Love.





Production details

Principal Cast                                                             Director                           Writer
Liam Neeson – Qi-Gong Jinn                                       George Lucas                   George Lucas
Ewan MacGregor – Obi-Wan Kinobe
Natalie Portman – Queen Padmé Amidala
Jake Lloyd – Anakin Skywalker
Pernilla August – Shmi Skywalker
Frank Oz – Yoda (voice)
Anthony Daniels – C-3PO
Kenny Baker  – R2-D2
Ian McDiarmid – Senator Palpatine
Terence Stamp – Supreme Chancellor Valorum
Brian Blessed – Boss Nass (voice)
Ahmed Best – Jar Jar Binks (voice)
Richard Armitage – Uncredited “Naboo Fighter Pilot” 


That was straight out of drama school.  I had a one-line part in Star Wars Episode I. …I was quite intimated but, you know, excited, obviously, to be there. (Radio 2, The Johnny Walker Show – Interview with Matthew Wright, March 16, 2005)




I was an unnamed fighter pilot with two lines. But it was kind of cool to be on a big budget epic as your first acting job. I met Ewan MacGregor, who was polite but pretty intense, and Natalie Portman who was just pretty. I kept embarrassing myself because I kept bumping into her double, who looked a lot like her, and thinking it was Natalie. I’d be like “Hi Natalie, how are you” – and she’d be looking at me blankly. (Louise Hancock, “The TV script said I had a perfect six-pack … “, Sunday Mirror, August 25, 2002)