George Lucas of Star Wars considered a hero more important than Luke
Star Wars still focuses on the Skywalker family, even to this day. The upcoming third season of The Mandalorian will no doubt bring back Luke Skywalker after he took Grogu (Baby Yoda) away for training as a Jedi. Luke was also a major part of the sequel trilogy, which ended with The Rise of Skywalker. But, as Yoda once said: There is another. Star Wars creator George Lucas had other plans for the original trilogy.
Lucas spoke candidly about the theory behind the original Star Wars trilogy with James Cameron in James Cameron’s Science Fiction Story.
During the in-depth discussion, he pointed out how important another hero was: Princess Leia.
He said: “She’s a senator. She graduated from college. She’s a very smart person, she’s very in control. And she’s a good shot.”
Additionally, Lucas pointed out that, at the start of their battle against the Empire, Luke and Han Solo weren’t exactly the greatest heroes around.
Looking at the narrative of the original trilogy, it’s easy to see what Lucas was saying.
Without Leia, R2-D2 and C-3PO would not have received the Death Star plans and would have given them to Luke and Ben Kenobi.
In addition, he became an integral part of the organization of the Rebel Alliance in the following films, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Ultimately, she was responsible for destroying the shield surrounding the Death Star when she and Han Solo launched an assault on the Forest Moon of Endor.
The sequel trilogy also placed Leia in a major part of the story. Not only was she the mother of Kylo Ren/Ben Solo, the antagonist of the series, but she was also the leader of the Resistance.
Even after she was killed off in the franchise, her lightsaber became the weapon Rey Skywalker used to defeat Emperor Palpatine.
It’s easy to see that without Leia, the Star Wars series would have fallen to the Dark Side.
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Season 3 of The Mandalorian begins Wednesday on Disney Plus.
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