Obi-Wan wasn’t originally going to die in the first draft of Star Wars: A New Hope

Revelation from Peter Mayhew’s original Star Wars script – Obi-Wan wasn’t originally going to die in the first draft of Star Wars: A New Hope

Scripts go through multiple re-wrights before the final version is filmed, and most scrips are being tweaked and changed even as they’re being filmed. Most fans know Hans iconic ‘I know’ response to Leia’s confession of love was never in the script, Harrison Ford improvised the line on set.

Over the past few months Peter Mayhew has been tweeting images of the original Star Wars script, and it’s been fascinating to note all the little changes that took place in-between the script being issued and the final cut being released. But recently one of the pages of the script showed a massive departure from the original script – Obi-Wan was going to survive his duel with Darth Vader.

The first script was as follows:

“Ben charges into the stormtroopers, cutting them down as he goes Luke is forced to stop firing and runs to the old man’s aid with his laser sword drawn…Luke struggles to help the old man to the ship under the constant fire of the Imperial troops.” The hatch door closes on the Millennium Falcon before they fly off.”
If Lucas thought that the films may have continued after A New Hope, its interesting to think what part he imagined Obi-Wan playing.

Be sure to follow Peter Mayhew on twitter to see what else could have been as he tweets more of the script.

 

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