We all know by this point that George Lucas never managed to make his own vision of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy a reality. Turns out though, it would’ve been a lot more interesting than what we got from Disney. Especially with the return of fan-favorite villain, Darth Maul, as the main villain. Not only that, but it also would’ve featured the return of Leia Organa/Skywalker as the new Chosen One to boot.
Apparently, a recently released book called The Star Wars Archives: 1999-2005 detailed the making of the Prequel Trilogy. Included in this book is apparently George Lucas’ original plans for the Sequel Trilogy prior to him selling off Star Wars to Disney back in 2012.
And well, it’s apparently quite different from what Disney came up with for their own Sequel Trilogy. For one thing, it would’ve meant the return of Leia Organa/Skywalker as the new chosen one who would’ve founded the New Republic and bring balance to the Force. So…a New New Hope, so to speak?
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Apparently, George Lucas’ vision for his Sequel Trilogy would’ve featured Leia Organa/Skywalker as the star of the show. Apparently, she was to battle gangsters (the Hutt cartel, perhaps?), crime lords (including the surprise return of Darth Maul and the introduction of Darth Talon) and ex-Imperial warlords, each trying to carve out their own little kingdom out of the disintegrating corpse of the old Empire. All the while, Leia would’ve been trying to build the New Republic out of that same corpse. Sounds like it’d get into Honor Harrington-levels of political in this hypothetical Sequel Trilogy, just the way I like it.
Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker would’ve been trying to rebuild the Jedi Order from…well, basically nothing. I mean, he was the last Jedi left by the end of Return of the Jedi. It’s likely that he would’ve delved into the old Jedi Temple (or what’s left of it after it was turned into the Imperial Palace) for answers.
George Lucas even said at one point:
I had planned for the first trilogy to be about the father, the second trilogy to be about the son, and the third trilogy to be about the daughter and the grandchildren.
Eventually, the two storylines would’ve presumably merged, and the new Jedi would’ve become embroiled in the fight to restore the Republic. Who gets to kill Darth Maul (again) would’ve been up in the air. However, the Sequel Trilogy would’ve then ended in the founding of the New Republic, with Leia being elected Supreme Chancellor. In effect, Leia would’ve ended up being the new Chosen One, and restore balance to the Force. Epic, ain’t it?
George Lucas’ original plans for his Sequel Trilogy sounds very different from the path Disney chose to go. Not just because Leia Organa/Skywalker would’ve been the main protagonist (and an actual female protagonist that we would’ve liked), but also in terms of overall plot. While this hypothetical Sequel Trilogy is now a subject for alternate history, it does sound interesting. At the very least, it might’ve been better than what we got.
Hey, we can all dream, right?