While the world may never know exactly what George Lucas had planned for his abandoned Star Wars sequel trilogy, Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo has revealed an interesting plot point. According to Hidalgo, Lucas was also considering killing Luke Skywalker in his version of Episode VIII.
Hidalgo reveals this previously unknown trivia in his new book Star Wars: Fascinating Facts – Story, Lore & History From the Greatest Galaxy. Apparently, Luke’s death was a major plot point in the Lucas sequel story treatments that Disney inherited when it bought Lucasfilm Ltd. in 2012.
Hidalgo writes: “Years before The Last Jedi began to unfold, George Lucas’s treatment of 2012 also made Episode VIII the one where Luke Skywalker would die.”
Hidalgo offers no insight into the nature of Luke’s death, but another passage suggests that Disney may have been more inspired by Lucas’s story treatments than fans realize. The sequel to the Lucas trilogy would also have revolved around a young Force-sensitive woman who becomes a hero.
“The Force Awakens’s long journey from idea to finished film was full of evolution, but one idea that remained constant from the beginning was the search for a young woman to become a Jedi Knight,” writes Hidalgo. “In George Lucas’s original scheme, she was a 14-year-old girl named Taryn. In later versions, she would be briefly called Thea and – believe it or not – Winkie.”
In fact, it seems Lucas even imagined a plot point where Taryn / Thea / Winkie searches for a lost and disillusioned Jedi master, Luke Skywalker. Hidalgo says Lucas compared the story to 1979’s Apocalypse Now and Captain Willard’s search for the mysterious and enigmatic Colonel Kurtz. Considering Lucas was once linked to directing Apocalypse Now, we’re not surprised that he thought in those terms.
While Lucas never made a sequel trilogy, he came close to making a live-action Star Wars series a reality, years before The Mandalorian. Lucas commissioned no less than 50 scripts for Star Wars Underworld, a series set between Episodes III and IV that would have explored the criminal belly of the galaxy during the reign of the Empire.
While it will be several years before fans get a new Star Wars movie, there is a great moment on the small screen. The Mandalorian: Season 2 will premiere on October 30 and a new animated series called Star Wars: Bad Batch will debut in 2021 via Disney +.
How do you think Lucas would have handled Luke’s death?