The development of any movie tends to be a fascinating process as ideas, characters, and concepts are hashed out, and that certainly goes for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” We’ve already learned about one character that was originally going to die in the movie, some of the rejected plot-lines, how Anakin Skywalker might’ve made an appearance, and the deal with C-3PO’s red arm. But there’s even more, revealed in the recently published “The Art Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Slashfilm has done a thorough job of digging through the book and highlighting some of the early ideas that were kicked around as work on ‘The Force Awakens’ got underway. You should head over there for a complete look, but here are the ones that caught our attention:
Darth Vader’s Castle: As fans know, circa ‘Empire Strikes Back,’ Ralph McQuarrie drew up concept art for Darth Vader’s castle. In ‘The Force Awakens,’ it was floated that Leia’s Resistance base would be located inside the castle that would be on Jakku (which wasn’t always a desert planet) or another location. But eventually, Maz Kanata’s cantina became the hub for the Resistance attack on the First Order.
Rey and Finn: Rey was originally named Kira, a “loner, hothead, gear-head, badass” who wanted to leave Jakku. She worked at a used-vehicle-type place, which had the Millennium Falcon on the lot, and was cared for by an old Republic fighter. Meanwhile, Finn was originally a white character named Sam, who gets rescued by an indigenous tribe on Jakku after crash landing with Poe.
Hidden Map and Doom Star: Early on, an idea was considered that would’ve had the map to Luke Skywalker hidden in the submerged remains of the second star, with Rey diving or piloting the Millennium Falcon underwater to find it. As for Starkiller Base, it was first called Doom Star, and was hidden on Dantooine, the planet Leia names to try and save Alderaan from being destroyed in ‘A New Hope.’ Meanwhile, the Resistance initially had a superweapon of their own: the War-Hammer, which was basically a giant ship.
Supreme Leader Snoke: An early idea was that Snoke would be a woman, and a full model was built. However, Andy Serkis wound up being cast in the role, but hey, maybe that hologram is all just an illusion. Who knows?
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