George Lucas’ original plans for 1983 Star Wars film Return of the Jedi have been revealed, including that the character of Boba Fett was supposed to be the movie’s main villain.
The character of Boba Fett, bounty hunter for Darth Vader and Jabba the Hutt, was introduced in The Empire Strikes Back before being killed off at the start of Return of the Jedi.
However, Craig Miller – Lucasfilm’s first official fan relations officer – has now revealed in interview with Inverse that Fett was the main villain of Return of the Jedi until Lucas changed the script at the last minute.
“Originally Boba Fett was set up in Empire as a character, and the third movie’s plot was going to be more about Boba Fett, rescuing Han Solo, and all of that,” Miller said.
“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. When George decided not to make a third trilogy, he completely jettisoned that story line, which is why in the first 10 minutes, Boba Fett gets bumped into and falls into the mouth of a giant monster.”
“I remember sitting in a mixing room with George, working on Empire,” Miller added. “He told me he was just going to make the third movie, which didn’t have a title at that point, and then stop. He was going to retire from making big movies and make experimental movies. And that’s why the whole plot of the third movie, what became Return of the Jedi, completely changed.”
George Lucas handed over the mantle of the franchise to Disney ahead of last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Follow-up movie Episode VIII is expected in December 2017.
Last month, actress Daisy Ridley spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the next Star Wars film (Episode VIII, revealing further details about the current filming process and working with new director Rian Johnson.
Ridley said of the atmosphere on set with new director Rian Johnson, “It’s still the same. It’s very lovely and warm and friendly still”.
She then goes on “Obviously it went really well with VII, but it’s wonderful to give people a little bit. I think we did do that for VII, just a little bit to keep the interest peaked [sic].”