Now that the sand has firmly settled on the Disney led Star Wars sequel trilogy and through the complete divisiveness of those movies achieved something no one saw, a love for the prequels.
As they should the prequels are incredible and Revenge of the Sith is the best Star Wars movie and the growing up on episodes 1-3 made me fall in love with this universe.
The one major issue levelled at the Mouse House, and Lucasfilm is the lack of a plan compared to the step-by-step thoughts of the mind of George Lucas. This problem is highlighted once again as Lucas revealed more story beats to his Star Wars sequel trilogy.
In the new book Star Wars Archives: 1999-2005 (via Polygon), Lucas revealed Darth Maul (with the use of mechanical legs) was going to return as the overarching villain of the sequel trilogy and Sith Lord Darth Talon, made well known from the Dark Horse comics Star Wars: Legacy.
“Maul eventually becomes the godfather of crime in the universe because, as the Empire falls, he takes over,” stated Lucas and added Talon as going to be the Vader of the trilogy.
It makes sense to why Maul was in Solo, and if George were still in control, the movie would’ve released years earlier planting the seeds for the sequel trilogy.
The Skywalker story would’ve been a lot different too. While Luke was out forming the new Jedi Council and usher in a new generation of Jedi, Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia Organa was going to be the lead of episodes 7-9.
“Harder than starting a rebellion or fighting a war” described Leia’s job of reconstructing the Republic with the director using the Iraq War as influence with the stormtroopers essentially forming ISIS. This would form the power vacuum for Maul to step in and control the galaxy.
However, we would’ve had our happy ending as Leia would have rebuilt the Republic becoming the Supreme Chancellor and as Lucas stated himself “she ended up being the chosen one.”
Can we all confirm this would’ve been fucking amazing!! Honestly, I can see this annoying Star Wars fans even more because it would’ve formed the whole saga with so many pleasing, go crazy in the cinema moments.
The question mark is when/ if at all was this trilogy set to film? A couple of years after Sith in 2005? Or around the time Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012?
This matters on the bases of the age of Fisher and Mark Hamill and if a new actor would’ve stepped into the role of Maul replacing Ray Park as he would’ve been the older man we met in Star Wars: Rebels.
Either way, Lucas’ planning would’ve been far more interesting than what we got under Disney with the Empire 2.0 and a clearly unclear plan.