By Josh Reilly B.
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith has become one of the most beloved films with fans in the iconic franchise in the years since its release. In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones were divisive with critics, particularly as they deviated drastically from the original trilogy. The conclusion of the trilogy was better received, though, sporting a 79% on the film rating website Rotten Tomatoes.
Revenge of the Sith was liked in 2005, but its popularity is arguably stronger than ever in 2022. Stars Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen are even returning to the franchise in May’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, highlighting this popularity surge. As such, fans are more interested than ever on some of the original ideas George Lucas had for what he planned to be the final film in the Skywalker saga. For example, a young Han Solo was in the original scripts for the film, and even meeting Chewbacca on Kashyyyk, but Lucas cut this arc in order to focus more on Anakin.
Another idea that Lucas wrote, which made it so far as to have concept art made for it, was Padmé attempting to kill Anakin on Mustafar. Haunted by what he had become, Padmé wanted to end her husband’s life as she realized he wasn’t the same person she married.
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