About the only thing I had guessed from what Lucas and Hammil had said was that Luke would have the Qui-gon/Obi-wan role in the sequel. So he’d be in the first film and die near the end of it, passing on the torch to the new generation. And like Obi-wan, he’d come back as a force ghost as needed in the following two films.
Right. You got part of it right. Luke was supposed to train Leia and the girl (Kira) by Episode IX, and then he would have been slain by the Jedi Killer.
I also expected that if Solo were in it that he’d die as well.
Definitely. Harrison Ford said that the only reason he joined the project was because his character was going to die, and this was back when Ardnt was writing a script off George’s treatment.
From what little I can guess, there was supposed to be a young girl who is the new Jedi hero who comes to Luke for training.
Right. Her name was Kira, and she was the Granddaughter of Darth Vader (Han and Leia’s child). She also had a brother named Sam.
I think if you are going something closer to what Lucas drafted in his treatment that the first film would be Luke’s film. It would end with his death in something epic. You’d introduce whatever the ST epic evil would be in the first film (or his henchman like in both the OT and PT).
The villain for the film was supposed to be a Jedi Killer. He was the original inception for Kylo Ren, so you could call him that. He was a student of Luke’s who turned evil and murdered his padawans. But he was not a Skywalker. The Jedi Killer was seduced to the Dark Side by an unnamed female Darth, who used him and ended up murdering him eventually.
I like what Rian did with TLJ that anyone can be a Jedi, but that it can run in families.
I regard the ability to become a Jedi like the likelihood of you or I becoming an athlete. I mean sure, it’s not impossible, but it’s closer to a fantasy than a reality. It’s like the line from Ratatouille: “Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere”.
And Leia should have more force abilities from the get go. Probably not a Jedi, not in the sense of a warrior. But using those skills for negotiation.
I love that idea! That’s great, thanks! There is going to be a point where Luke trains Leia, but I have her starting out as a politician, so those initial force powers could make for some good scenes.
I’d have the Republic go through some growing pains, but come out the Trilogy intact.
That’s similar to the arc I’ve got. For it, I’m drawing inspiration from China’s 3 Kingdoms period. The Republic is one of the 3 factions remaining.
I’d have the Skywalker in the ST be a pilot. Not quite powerful enough in the force to be a Jedi, but powerful enough to be an ace pilot.
Yep, this would be a perfect character template for Sam.
The key thing, the thing I worried about with the ST we got, is the ending. What is the ending of the trilogy that is going to be epic enough to top ROTS and ROTJ. It has to further the story and bring it to a close. So the big bad needs to be connected to Palpatine and the Sith, though resurrecting Palpatine might not have been the best way to go about it. Maybe the big bad is trying to resurrect Palpatine. Maybe mentored by Palpatine’s ghost. But no physical Palpatine. Maybe the big bad was one of the Emperor’s hand’s like Mara Jade. And that is a character I would have included.
I’m still toying around with the idea of getting Plagueis involved. I think it would be a great surprise that he faked his death. He is Wise after all, he would’ve seen the betrayal coming. However, with the Whills involved, this story will not lack in epicness, so I might be able to drop that plotline. But as far as I’m concerned, Palpatine should be dead.
I think it’s interesting that you would include Mara Jade. I haven’t made up my mind on Luke’s love life yet.