In addition to revealing plans for the sequel trilogy of Star Wars, a new book on how the prequel trilogy was made confirms that the original plans for George Lucas for Anakin Skywalker’s ancestry they went in line with a widespread fan theory.
In Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Emperor Palpatine tells Anakin the story of Darth Plagueis, a powerful Sith lord who is said to have been able to create life using the Force. Remembering that Shmi Skywalker told Qui-Gon Jin in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Since Anakin had no father, many fans eventually assumed that Palpatine used the power of Plagueis to create Anakin.
The Star Wars Archives 1999-2005 confirms that that was Lucas’s intention, but ultimately decided not to include it and not make it canon. According to the book, Lucas originally wrote that scene to include Palpatine telling Anakin “I’ve waited all these years for you to embrace your destiny«, Revealing that he had used the power of the Force to command the midichlorians to begin the cell division that led to Anakin’s conception.
In the past few years, since Disney bought Lucasfilm and rebooted canon, there has been a lot of debate surrounding the whole Anakin topic. In 2018, Marvel Comics concluded their second Darth Vader series regular with a story where the villain returned to Mustafar to attempt to resurrect Padme Amidala. Instead, Vader has a vision of the Force that seems to suggest that Palpatine orchestrated Anakin’s birth in order to fulfill the prophecy of The Chosen One.
However, Star Wars Story Group member Matt Martin claimed on social media in 2019 that this was not the correct interpretation of the comic.
This is all in Anakin’s head. I can tell you definitively, as someone who worked on the comic, that this is not 100% the intended implication. It’s part of my job to make sure the stories are aligned with the overall Star Wars vision. If the intention was to make a direct connection between Palps and Anakin’s birth, it would have eliminated it.
Interestingly, in the same book, what Fox managers told Lucas about his plans for the prequel trilogy is revealed.
You are going to destroy the franchise. You are going to destroy everything. You are going to make a movie that nobody wants to see.