Knightfall factoid: The Knights Templar Provided Inspiration for Star Wars’ Jedi Knights

Knightfall factoid: The Knights Templar Provided Inspiration for Star Wars’ Jedi Knights

There has been a long fascination with the Knights Templar in popular culture, but what some may not know is that their influence reached George Lucas in his preparation for the first Star Wars.

In his initial script, Lucas originally called his “warrior monks” Jedi Templar. Lucas would eventually nix “Templar” from the Jedi but name many similarities remained. Both names are a plurale tantum, keepers/protect of a religion, enjoyed vast wealth at their height, and fell to a similar demise.

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