Leia’s arc as the Chosen One in the Lucas sequel trilogy never made it to the big screen, but Rey was a better choice to balance the Force.
George Lucas’s Star Wars sequel trilogy planned to feature Leia Organa as its lead and the trilogy’s Chosen One, but their plans were scrapped after Disney bought the franchise and opted to go in a different direction. While Leia’s scrapped arc may sound tempting to fans disillusioned with Disney’s sequel trilogy, Lucas’s plans for Leia couldn’t have had better sequels.
According to Paul Duncan’s book Star Wars Archives: Eps I-III: 1999-2005, Lucas planned for the sequel trilogy to follow Leia on her quest to establish the New Republic, while crime lord Darth Maul would rise to power in middle of chaos. from the post-Empire era and serve as the villain of the trilogy. Lucas also planned for Leia to fulfill the Chosen One’s prophecy in the aftermath, saying, “We would have the renewal of the Republic, with Leia, Senator Organa, becoming the Supreme Chancellor in charge of everything. So she ended up being the chosen one. ” In the Disney sequel trilogy, Leia played an integral role in the Resistance’s battle against the First Order, but took a back seat to the sequel’s protagonists Rey Skywalker and Kylo Ren.
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The sequel to the Disney trilogy had its flaws in the execution, but Rey still makes more sense in balancing the Force than Leia. The Chosen One’s prophecy considers two criteria: the character’s origin and mission. Neither Rey nor Leia meet the criteria to be “born of no father” (Rey was a descendant of Emperor Palpatine, while Leia’s father was Anakin), but Rey’s destruction of the Sith aligns more closely with the Anakin’s mission that the sequel arc proposed by Leia. By destroying Palpatine and continuing Anakin’s mission to destroy the Sith in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Rey does not become the Chosen, but she still brings balance to the Force.
Rey also realizes the essence of the prophecy by forging a new and more balanced path for the flawed Jedi Order, implicit in her yellow lightsaber at the end of the film. According to Lucas, Leia would have an entirely different goal, asserting New Republic political control over crime lords like Maul rather than preventing the Sith from unbalancing. This arc would bring a new kind of story to the big screen, but it wouldn’t make Leia a better fit as the Chosen One.
Rey’s origins also make her a more compelling choice for balancing the Force than Leia, whose character is already established in the original trilogy. Rey’s perspective on her lineage changes in each of the films, from being a Jakku scavenger with unknown origins in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, to revealing herself like no one in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, to being Palpatine’s granddaughter. in The Rise of Skywalker, but each of those identities conflicts with the idea that she can balance the Force and increases the tension over whether Rey will succumb to the dark side. The background for Leia, who is already established as a decorated general and war hero in the Rebel Alliance in the original trilogy, would have worked exactly the opposite way and would have given the sequels a less confrontational and compelling protagonist.
Leia’s arc as the Chosen One in the Lucas sequel trilogy may sound tempting given what the Disney trilogy was like, but the change wouldn’t have led to a better set of Star Wars Movie (s. The sequel to the Disney trilogy created a more fitting and compelling character to balance the Force, while also giving Leia a shocking role in the Resistance’s victory and a fitting send-off.
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