George Lucas Original Star Wars Sequel Trilogy Unearthed By Fan

By Britta DeVore | Published

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When George Lucas brought the world a fresh take on sci-fi with 1977’s Star Wars, he certainly didn’t imagine the gargantuan franchise that would arise from his space epic. After helming not only the original films but also a prequel series, Lucas decided it was time to pass the gauntlet on to some new visionaries for what would become the sequel trilogy. While we all know how well that ended up (it actually varies on who you ask), Lucas, as it turns out, actually did have plans for how he saw his saga come to an end – or at least a second part.

Inspired By The Iraq War

The legendary director offers says that he was drawing inspiration from the next set of films from the Iraq war which, at that time, was fully raging. In his comments, George Lucas says that he would have explored the “power vacuum” that’s created when an empire, like that of Saddam Hussein’s, crumbles. In his sequel trilogy, those still on the side of the Empire would’ve settled on their own planets, forming a different sort of rebellion that would plan to reinstate the ways of the Sith.

Scum And Villainy Fill In The Void

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According to what George Lucas said, the crimelords of his mythos may have played a much larger role in his sequel trilogy. You’d have outlaws and gangsters like the Hutts who are capitalizing on the chaos that comes when one way of life falls and another prevails.

The Legacy Of Maul

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And what about new characters? Well, George Lucas says that while fresh personalities would’ve been introduced in his sequel trilogy, there would’ve also been a lot of familiar faces from films, books, and shows of days past – with the main villain being Darth Maul. After surviving the battle in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul was set to live a long and fruitful life in Lucas’s batch of would-be films, with his daughter, Darth Talon, helping her elderly parent bring the smugglers, gangsters, and Empire-loyalists together to topple the Rebellion.

The New Jedi Order And The New Republic

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Luke Skywalker would have established the New Jedi Order, while Leia, according to George Lucas, would’ve been the leader of the sequel trilogy, building the New Republic and eventually rising to the rank of Supreme Chancellor. He also noted that the films would have been centered on a family, with the power passing from generation to generation. 

The Future

For better or worse, we would never get to see George Lucas’s vision pan out as J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson took things in a very different direction when they were given the director’s chair for the Star Wars sequel trilogy. With more movies on the way, including one revolving around The Mandalorian and Grogu, it will remain to be seen if there’s any way to fully please the franchise’s dedicated fandom or if we should start a petition to make George Lucas’s original idea canon. 

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