New revelations about Lucas’ unmade trilogy reveals Maul was destined to return with Darth Talon as his apprentice
With The Rise Of Skywalker fading into memory and bookending Disney’s Skywalker Saga, new revelations about George Lucas’ unrealized sequel trilogy have come to light; and they have revealed a very different vision for the galaxy far, far away…
In a juicy excerpt from The Star Wars Archives: 1999-2005, a new book detailing the making of the prequel trilogy, Lucas’ original vision has been revealed for all to see – and it features the return of Darth Maul, the restoration of the Jedi Order under the guidance of Luke Skywalker, and Leia Organa‘s struggle to rebuild the Republic.
The book reveals that Darth Maul (Ray Park) was destined to return as the new big bad of the trilogy alongside his new apprentice, Darth Talon – the Sith Lord from the Dark Horse Star Wars: Legacy comic series. With Talon at his side, Maul was destined to become “the godfather of crime” as the remnants of the shattered Empire faded into extinction.
Additionally, Lucas revealed that Carrie Fisher’s unconquerable Leia Organa would have been the driving force behind the trilogy as she attempted to rebuild the Republic, all while battling gangsters and former Imperials who had set up their own planets following the collapse of the Empire. Luke Skywalker, on the other hand, began the restoration of the Jedi Order and would have spent much of the trilogy training a new generation of Jedi.
“By the end of the trilogy Luke would have rebuilt much of the Jedi,” Lucas said, “and we would have the renewal of the New Republic, with Leia, Senator Organa, becoming the Supreme Chancellor in charge of everything. So she ended up being the Chosen One.”
The most notable of these revelations is that Leia is viewed as the chosen one of the saga – and not her father, Anakin Skywalker. In the original Jedi prophecy, the chosen one was destined to destroy the Sith and bring balance to the Force – a destiny interpreted as being fulfilled by Anakin in the climax of Return Of The Jedi. Lucas’ revelations cast doubt on this climax – with Anakin’s daughter rising to prominence, restoring peace and justice to the galaxy, and assuming the role of Supreme Chancellor.
Sadly, Lucas’ original vision fell by the wayside following the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, but Maul’s crime boss storyline featured heavily throughout The Clone Wars, Rebels, and Solo: A Star Wars Story – Luke Skywalker was in the process of restoring the Jedi Order in the time between Jedi and The Force Awakens, and Leia Organa went on to assume the leadership of the Resistance. So, Disney wasn’t far off the mark and Lucasfilm’s frugal nature meant that the bulk of these elements came into play at various points throughout the saga.
Either way, these elements offer a tantalizing insight into what could have been had Lucas not sold the franchise. Dare we imagine the possibilities where Darth Maul and his new apprentice menaced the heroes of the Original Trilogy? a time where Luke Skywalker was rebuilding the Jedi Order, and where Leia became the most influential personality in the galaxy?
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