Yesterday was the International Star Wars Day 2017 (May The 4th Be With You), so we decided to share some interesting Star Wars fun facts about this beloved sci-fi franchise.

Monkey Business

The character of Yoda was almost portrayed by a monkey. As the book The Making of Star Wars by J.W. Rinzler reports, George Lucas originally planned for Yoda to be played by an adorable monkey. The monkey was supposed to wear a mask and carry a cane.

Now I Am Vader

Return of the Jedi installment almost had a very different ending.

When George Lucas was developing the story for Return of the Jedi, the filmmaker toyed with the possibility of Luke turning to the dark side.

Namely, during one story developing session, Lucas thought of the idea that after Luke removes dying Vader’s helmet, he puts it on, uttering the words “Now I am Vader,” thus joining the dark forces and succumbing to the temptation of evil.

‘N Sync Cameo

Boy band ‘N Sync nearly had a cameo in Attack of the Clones. It was actually a request George Lucas got from his daughter. They even filmed their scenes, but were edited out of the final cut.

This fact is tearin’ up my heart, really.

Bad Feeling

“I have a bad feeling about this” is a sentence that became a running gag for the franchise. This catchy phrase is actually said in every Star Wars movie.

Tibetan Ewoks

Adorable Ewoks speak Tibetan. More precisely, it is a combination of Tibetan and Nepalese.

The Lost Starway

Acclaimed film director David Lynch was asked by George Lucas to direct Return of the Jedi, but Lynch passed on directing one of the Star Wars movies.

Gender Issues?

There are no female fighter pilots in the original trilogy. Although there plenty in the original screenplay, they were all removed from final cut.

2001: A Star Wars Odyssey

Star Wars franchise and 2001: A Space Odyssey have almost exactly the same production crew.

George Lucas, a huge fan of Stanley Kubrik, wanted to hire as many crew members form 2001: A Space Odyssey as possible, so he did just that. The Star Wars production crew from the Kubrick’s movie was even referred to as “The Class of 2001.”

Cute.