Trivia: Despite being well-known for killing-off his characters, director Joss Whedon originally didn't plan to kill-of the characters Wash or Shepherd Book. He only chose to because the actors were unable to contractually commit to any potential sequels at the time due to possible scheduling conflicts. Whedon later stated that he would bring both characters back into the franchise if any sequels/follow-ups are made.
Trivia: The child actress who portrays the young River in dream sequences had her voice dubbed over by Summer Glau, who portrays the "older" River. This was done so that audiences could more easily realize the child is River. (And thankfully, Glau's voice worked for the child actress). The child actress portraying the younger River was reportedly heartbroken that her voice had been dubbed over.
Trivia: The "one-shot" sequence in the beginning of the film that introduces the crew of the Serenity and the interior of the ship was actually two shots cleverly spliced together, for both practicality purposes (as one mistake could ruin the entire 4-minute scene) and also because there wasn't enough studio-space to build the entire interior of the Serenity as one unbroken set. Eagle-eyed viewers may be able to notice the moment of the splice, right after Mal runs into Simon and they start to descend the stairs. The splice takes place when the camera does a small whip pan from right-to-left.
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