In a recent interview to celebrate Star Wars day, it was revealed that Boba Fett was initially planned to be the antagonist for the third instalment of the franchise – Return Of The Jedi. Here we go through some of the biggest ‘what ifs’ that would change the order of the galaxy if they had come to fruition.
Boba Fett was almost the main villain in Return Of The Jedi
According to former Lucasfilm employee George Miller – loveable killing machine Boba Fett was originally intended to be Return Of The Jedi’s main antagonist, instead of Darth Vader. “Boba was gonna be the main villain… That was set up, why he was taking Han Solo away, why there was a thing with him in the Christmas special.” Eventually plans were changed and he was bumped off in the opening minutes of the film. Tough break.
Lucas originally wanted to make 12 films
In the same interview Miller confirms that George Lucas intended the saga to be stretched over 12 mammoth films. He then ditched the idea in favour of nine films, before settling on just the original three during the production of The Empire Strikes Back, hence some questionable storytelling and condensed story lines. Irony? There’s set to be at least nine films by 2020, so he’s getting his way, kinda.
Harrison Ford wanted Han Solo to die back in The Empire Strikes Back
At the crescendo of The Empire Strikes Back, Han Solo is taken prisoner, frozen in carbonite by Darth Vader and then transferred to Jabba The Hut. If it was up to Harrison Ford though? That’d have been in the end of Solo. In 2014, he told Conan O’Brien, “I thought the best utility of the character would be for him to sacrifice himself to a high ideal and give a little bottom, a little gravitas to the enterprise, not that there wasn’t some already but I just wanted in on some part of it. That was at the third occasion of filming the original three.” How different would the rest of the films be? Very, is the answer.
Mark Hamill felt ‘forced’ into returning for The Force Awakens
Last year, Hamill (Luke Skywalker) revealed that he was initially lukewarm of the idea of returning to the Star Wars franchise, insinuated he felt ‘forced’ to reprise his role by Lucas. The cliffhanger of The Force Awakens involves Rey (who appears rather handy with the force) trying to bring Luke back into the Resistance fold. Would the story still work without Luke? Daisy Ridley (Rey) and John Boyega (Finn) have both established themselves as likeable characters and a flick featuring only the next generation of Star Wars actors might not have been completely tepid – but we’re glad Hamill was won round for his very brief cameo.
Leia was never meant to be Luke’s sister
In the original script for The Empire Strikes Back, which was penned by Leigh Brackett in 1978, there was the bombshell that Luke had a sister called Nellith and that she was hidden somewhere in the galaxy. This huge plot line was eventually cut from the script by George Lucas, who instead favoured making Luke and Leia sibling’s in Return Of The Jedi, despite the pair kissing in The Empire Strikes Back. Gross.
Leonardo DiCaprio was nearly cast in the prequel trilogy
The prequel trilogy has been widely panned by fans and critics alike for weak storylines and a slew of wooden acting. One star who might have saved 2002’s Attack Of The Clones was megastar Leonardo DiCaprio, who was sought out for the role of Anakin Skywalker as a young man. DiCaprio declined and instead the flaccid Hayden Christensen was handed the role. Leo in a Star Wars? All the makings of a classic.