The Rebels have destroyed the Death Star and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and his men are hiding on the icy planet of Hoth from Vader's imperial armies. But Darth Vader (David Prowse) hasn't given up. When a droid discovers them, the Rebel's barely escape, but are split up: Luke is sent by a vision to Dagoba, where he is to meet Jedi master Yoda. Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca and C-3PO escape in the Millennium Falcon to Cloud City.
It is there that they meet Han’s shadowy friend Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams). But Lando turns out te be a double crossing opportunist who made a deal with Darth Vader to turn in his friends. Han is tortured and put into a carbon freeze. In the meantime Luke is training with the wise Yoda to become a Jedi knight. When his friends are tortured, he takes of to help them, and heads into the trap Darth Vader made.
Within 5 days it will be Frank Oz`s 69th birthday. (May 25, 1944)
Within 27 days it will be Michael Culver`s 75th birthday. (June 16, 1938)
James Earl Jones did the voice of Darth Vader while David Prowse was the actor in the suit. Prowse commented in an interview that he was unaware that his voice been dubbed with that of James Earl Jones’ until he saw Star Wars on opening night.
George Lucas when asked why he did’nt direct The empire strikes back: “I hate directing. It’s like fighting a fifteen-round heavyweight bout with a new opponent everyday”Source / More (Book)
George Lucas was determined to keep the ending a secret. He had David Prowse (Darth Vader) say “Obi-Wan killed your father” and dubbed it later to “I am your father&rdquo . Only a few people knew about the ending: George Lucas, director Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan and Mark HamillSource / More (Book)
The casting department hired in Norway members of the alpine rescue team to pose as the Rebel ground troops.Source / More (Book)