Original Storyboards Reveal an Alternative Star Wars Universe
Whatever your opinion on the movies may be, these unused storyboards reveal a different take on the prequel trilogy. Taken from the book Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy by J.W. Rinzler, some of the following illustrations give us a glimpse into how the movies could have turned out.
Qui-Gon Jinn had a Mowhawk
Not only did Qui-Gon have a different hairstyle in the original storyboards, he was meant to be a much younger man. In fact, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan were originally meant to be a similar age. It’s unclear how that would have worked out with the master and apprentice dynamic we’re used to th
Neimoidians or Battle Droids?
Viceroy Gunray, his stunted slime underling Daultay Dofine and the rest of their Neimoidian brethren, had facial features more akin to Battle Droids in the original storyboards. Still ugly either way.
Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan’s Early Negotiations
In The Phantom Menace, we see Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan waiting in a room on board Nute Gunray’s ship before negotiations with the Trade Federation are meant to begin. In the finished version, Gunray tries to assassinate the two Jedi with poison gas which we clearly see flooding the room through it’s air vents. In the alternative version, the pair are unaware of the gas, only alerted of it’s presence when two bird like creatures in the room suddenly drop dead.
Shape Shifting Jar Jar Binks
Moat fans would probably agree that Jar Jar was an unnecessary and let’s face it, a rather silly addition to the prequels. Whether you liked him or not, I think we can all agree that in his original form, he would have been outrageously ridiculous, if not even slightly disturbing. He was going to have an elastic skeleton and was able to change his body shape depending on the situation. Note him becoming fat with fear in the submarine scene from The Phantom Menace.
Hmm. We’ll leave it there shall we?
An Older Anakin for Episode One
In the Phantom Menace, Anakin Skywalker was originally planned to be slightly older. He also had a different look to the final version of the film. Here we see him steal a kiss from Padmé. I’m glad they left that scene out to be honest. The whole age difference thing in Episode One was weird enough without creeping us all out even more.
The Lightsaber Duel on Naboo
Regardless if if you’re a prequel hater or not, one thing we can probably all agree on is that Episode One was the weaker of the three movies. It’s saving grace however was the epic lightsaber duel at the end of the movie. In the storyboard version, the fight transpired in a very different way.
The fight was going to end up in a giant droid pit of some description, with Maul being able to astrally project himself. He was also meant to beat the living hell out of Obi-Wan, while a separated Qui-Gonn looked on in helpless horror.
A Different Look for Padmé on Geonosis
I won’t go into too much detail on this storyboard as the change to the scene is minimal apart from Padmé ‘s look. It seems to be darker and much more action heroine orientated. I’m still not buying it that she could beat down an alien big cat with a chain though…
Kenobi uses the Force to Bond With his Varactyl in Revenge of the Sith
Looking closely at this storyboard for Episode Three, we see Ob-Wan using the Force to bond with his Varactyl, Boga. It also looks as though he’s using a Jedi mind trick on the creature’s keeper. Why? Who can tell. Maybe to get a good deal when buying her?
Captain Typho Bites the Dust in Revenge of the Sith
We only got to see Padmé’s personal bodyguard, Captain Typho briefly in Revenge of the Sith near the end of the movie, but the storyboards reveal that it was originally planned for him to be killed in a battle with destroyer droids. Did you know his first name was Gregar by the way? No? Nor did I.
Padmé Intended to Kill Anakin for his Crimes
In the moments before Anakin and Obi-Wan had their lightsaber duel at the end of Revenge of the Sith, matters were intended to be even more violent with Padmé concealing a a knife which she intended to kill Anakin with. According to the illustrators, she couldn’t bring herself to do the deed in the end. Note Anakin’s Sith eyes as he kisses her.
So, what do you think? Would the movie have been better with these changes, or are they fine as they are? Feel free to let everyone know what you think in the comments section below.
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