Padmé Amidala (primarily portrayed by Natalie Portman) is a major character in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. She was first mentioned, indirectly, in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi as the mother of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. The character was introduced in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and went on to appear in the remaining two prequel films, as well as the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
The character is introduced as the young Queen of Naboo during the Trade Federation occupation of her planet. With the help of Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, she escapes Naboo and pleads her case to the Galactic Senate, which is too slow to act. Padmé returns to Naboo, where it becomes clear that the invasion is a Sith plot, and fights back. The planet is retaken, and the Trade Federation is removed from Naboo. In the years that follow, Padmé's term as queen ends and she becomes the Senator of Naboo. She becomes an outspoken proponent of diplomacy during the rising tensions of the Separatist Crisis, and urges a peaceful outcome instead of war. Her stance leads to assassination attempts against her life, and Anakin Skywalker is assigned to be her Jedi bodyguard. While in hiding, the two fall in love and, as the Clone Wars begin, soon marry in secret.
Padmé fought in a number of battles of the Clone Wars, often alongside Anakin. Towards the war's end, Padmé became pregnant with twins. Anakin is struck with a vision of Padmé dying in childbirth, leading to his fall to the dark side after Emperor Palpatine, revealed to be the Dark Lord of the Sith, offers to help Anakin stop Padmé from dying. Padmé attempts to reason with Anakin, but he attacks her after thinking that she has sided with Obi-Wan in attempting to kill him. Padmé later dies, but not before giving birth to her twins: Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.
Involvement in upcoming projectsEdit
Regarding future film projects, Natalie Portman has indicated a willingness to return as Padmé. However, due to the character's death in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Portman does not believe she will be needed for future Star Wars films.
Official canon appearancesEdit
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (First canon appearance)
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith