New Star Wars book reveals George Lucas wanted Luke Skywalker to die in episode 8

One of the great cinematic mysteries of our time concerns George Lucas’s original treatment of Star Wars sequel trilogy . Where did the creator of this galaxy very, very far away want these What characters go? Thanks to a new book, we now know.

Star Wars Fascinating Facts lives up to its name. The pages of the book, posted on Twitter, reveal that Lucas was going to kill Luke Skywalker in ‘episode 8, just like what happened in Star Wars: The Last Jedi . The book also notes that a Jedi Knight trained by Luke was always going to be the central character and that Luke was going to be a Colonel Kurtz type character, with Kurtz being the elusive maniac from Apocalypse Now.

“Years before the development of The Last Jedi began, the treatment that George Lucas left in 2012 also had Episode VIII as the one where Luke Skywalker would die,” reads one page. Another, titled Colonel Kurtzwalker, states: ” Although Luke Skywalker barely appears in The Force Awakens, concept artists had a lot to imagine based on the snippets of the story they heard as they went along. its development.

Rey was on a mission to find Luke Skywalker, who had disappeared. As George Lucas describes it, Rey is like Willard who goes up the river in search of Colonel Kurtz, an allusion to Apocalypse Now. History has allowed Rey to find Luke on a Jedi temple planet, but he is a recluse, retired to a very dark space and must be brought out of despair. “

The book also reveals that Rey’s name has not always been Rey. Previous reports already indicated that the main female character would, at one point, be called Kira. However, a new snippet reveals that in the original shot, the main character was a 14-year-old girl named Taryn. This name was later changed to Thea, then Winkie (no comment). When Star Wars: The Force Awakens , director JJ Abrams came on board, the name changed to Sally (a placeholder), then Kira, then Echo, and finally Rey.

Abrams also used other interesting placeholder names for other characters: Kylo Ren was Jedi Killer, Finn was Harry, and Poe was John Doe. You can also see a picture of Lucas’s vision for Thea on the page.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Lucas’s sequel trilogy. We already had an idea of ​​the story of Kira visiting Luke Skywalker, living as a hermit on a distant planet .. These elements, of course, came to appear in Disney movies. What didn’t make the big screen big was Lucas’s hope to further explore midichlorians, the microscopic life forms described as living everywhere and in everyone during the previous movie. Ghost menace.

“Everybody hated him in Phantom Menace [cuando] We started talking about midichlorians, “Lucas told director James Cameron in his book James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction.” There’s a whole aspect of this movie that deals with symbiotic relationships. To make you look and see that we’re not the boss That there is an ecosystem. “

Lucas added: ” [Las proximas tres peliculas de Star Wars] they were going to enter a microbiotic world. But there is this world of creatures that function differently from us. I call them Whills. And the Whills are the ones who really control the universe. They feed off the Force.

The Whills were, as Lucas established in the early drafts of Star Wars, an order of immortal beings who controlled everything through the Force. “Back then, ultimately, I was saying what it means is that we’re just cars, vehicles for the Whills,” Lucas continued. “We are boats for them. And the driving is the midichlorians. The midichlorians are the ones who communicate with the Whills. The Whills, in a general sense, are the Force.

Reports have also previously indicated that Lucas was disappointed in the direction Disney has taken in the movies, with former CEO Bob Iger. pointing out in his memoirs that Lucas was “upset when Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy described the plot from their suites during a meeting at Skywalker Ranch.

We will probably never know Lucas’s full plan for the trilogy’s sequel, but everything we hear drives our imaginations crazy for what it could have been.

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