If you’re a die-hard Star Wars fan (like me), you likely eat up any and all content you can get your hands on when it comes to the franchise. If you’re looking for some more esoteric information, however, you are certainly in luck. Lucasfilm creative executive Pablo Hidalgo delivers with a new book. The latest written entry into Star Wars lore is chocked full of interesting tidbits from the franchise’s forty-plus year history. To paraphrase Luke Skywalker, you’ll find Star Wars: Fascinating Facts to be full of surprises.

Star Wars Fascinating Facts
Image: Portable Press

Here’s the official synopsis from the publisher:

Star Wars: Fascinating Facts is a compendium of hundreds of little-known facts about all nine episodes in the Skywalker Saga—from behind-the-scenes on-set tidbits to stories about how the tale of Star Wars was created. Profiles of important characters and early drafts of scripts show what might have been, details of how famous scenes were filmed, and other firsthand accounts from cast and crew members.

Big Surprises in Star Wars: Fascinating Facts

Chief among the book’s biggest shockers is the fact that, no matter who wrote the sequel trilogy, Luke Skywalker was always going to die in Episode VIII. Yes, fans, even George Lucas himself planned on killing off the farm boy from Tatooine. You can see the shocking Fascinating Facts reveal in the Tweet from “Andrew” below:

Rian Johnson’s treatment of Luke Skywalker’s character arc was a big bone of contention. In fact it was probably the most controversial aspect of The Last Jedi. It would have been very interesting to see how Lucas’s plan for Luke’s ultimate fate would have panned out on screen.  One thing is certain, however – as Fascinating Facts reveals there was always going to be a “Rey.”

Star Wars Fascinating Facts
Image: Portable Press, via Andrew on Twitter

Star Wars: Fascinating Facts dives into the character’s origins, all the way back to Lucas. The George Lucas vision for the sequels also focused on a young girl striving to become a Jedi Knight. Luke Skywalker wouldn’t always be the only “nobody” from a desert planet to take the hero’s journey.

You can pick Star Wars: Fascinating Facts up and any major book retailer. We’ll save you some trouble: here’s a link to it on Amazon.