Warwick Davis, the actor who portrayed Wicket the Ewok in “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi,” has a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans. His connection to the franchise is not only through his memorable role but also through an endearing letter he wrote to George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars. This letter, penned by a 13-year-old Davis, reveals a touching and innocent side of the young actor.
A Young Star’s Request
The letter, dated May 20, 1983, was written about a year after filming “Return of the Jedi.” In it, Davis expresses his gratitude for being part of the film and makes a humble request for some Star Wars toys. The letter reads:
“Dear Mr. Lucas, My name is Warwick. I hope you remember me? I helped you make the new Star Wars film last year. I hear that the film is being released in this country on June the 2nd and that a few of the toy shops in London have some of the new figures. I hope this is not too rude of me to ask you, but would it be possible for you to send me the very latest figures and walkers — I was hoping very much that there may be an Ewok or Jabba the Hutt. I did enjoy myself with you and the members of the film unit and keep remembering what a terrific experience it was. Hoping to see you again soon. Kindest regards, Warwick.”
The letter’s innocence and politeness struck a chord with fans when it was revealed online. Davis’s request for toys, especially an Ewok or Jabba the Hutt figure, adds a delightful touch to the correspondence.
A Celebration of Memories
The letter was shared during the 2017 Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida, as part of a “40 Years of Star Wars” panel. It was a highlight of the event, providing a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Davis also shared a picture of himself with his toy collection, proudly stating that he still had all of them, though some of the vinyl capes had gotten lost over the years.
A Lasting Connection to Star Wars
Warwick Davis’s relationship with the Star Wars franchise has continued to flourish. Besides his role as Wicket, he has had bit parts in nearly every Star Wars film since “Return of the Jedi.” His big break in the franchise likely contributed to his success as an actor, leading to significant roles in other franchises like “Harry Potter" and "Willow.”
The touching letter from Warwick Davis to George Lucas is more than just a piece of Star Wars history. It’s a symbol of a young actor’s joy, gratitude, and innocence. It reminds us of the magic of cinema and how it can inspire even those who are part of creating it. Davis’s humble request for toys and his expression of happiness for being part of the Star Wars universe resonate with fans of all ages, making this letter a cherished memory in the saga’s rich legacy.