Ever wondered what George Lucas’ original story for Star Wars looked like? Were Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader the original names? Or were they something else? And was Chewbacca always that hairy? Well, you now have a chance to find out some of the answers. The 2017 graduating class of the Digital Animation & Visual Effects School, or the DAVE School, created a five-minute trailer based on the famed director’s designs and early drafts.
Many of the visuals are attributed to artist Ralph McQuarrie. In this version, called The Star Wars, Han Solo was a green-skinned alien. The Empire’s stormtroopers also wielded lightsabers and Luke Skywalker does a gender swap and is a female protagonist (move over, Rey). However, many of the other elements like R2D2, C3PO, and the X-wings practically made it unscathed into the final product.
Check out the video below:
A complete take on Lucas’ initial script can be found in The Star Wars comic book limited series by Dark Horse Comics. Adapted by writer J.W. Rinzler and artist Mike Mayhew (who, as far as we know, is not related to Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca in the films), this version has Jedi-Bendu Luke Skywalker, Kane Starkiller and his son Anniken Starkiller protecting barely-in-her-teens Princess Leia of Aquilae from the forces of the New Galactic Empire and its Knights of Sith. In their travels, they meet Han Solo, a reptilian humanoid alien with a reputation for hunting Wookies.
There’s a lot more packed in the eight issues, some familiar—like Luke leading a squadron of ships to destroy the Empire’s Space Fortress—and some not (all the pilots on that run were Wookies).
The series, which was published from 2013 to 2014, can be had in a trade paperback format.
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