If you’ve seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens this weekend—and if you’re reading this or even Blastr, chances are good you have—you know what it’s about. But it turns out that the first draft would have expanded on two characters and their meeting.
According to Entertainment Weekly, co-screenwriter Michael Arndt said Rey’s separation from her parents wasn’t just seen in flashback—and Luke Skywalker had serious screen time.
“Early on I tried to write versions of the story where [Rey] is at home, her home is destroyed, and then she goes on the road and meets Luke. And then she goes and kicks the bad guy’s ass,” Arndt said. “It just never worked and I struggled with this. This was back in 2012.”
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the farmboy-turned-Jedi Master has no dialogue, and we only see Luke briefly at the end of the film. It was a deliberate choice on Arndt's part.
“It just felt like every time Luke came in and entered the movie, he just took it over,” Arndt said. “Suddenly you didn’t care about your main character anymore because, ‘Oh f–k, Luke Skywalker’s here. I want to see what he’s going to do.’”
So in order to create and grow the characters of Rey, Finn and Poe, Luke’s screen time had to be sacrificed. Obi-Wan would have approved.
As we know, Star Wars’ first draft, Journal of the Whills, looked almost nothing like its shooting script. We now know the same is true of The Force Awakens. History is repeating itself ... kind of like The Force Awakens repeated Star Wars.
What do you think about this decision to remove Luke from most of the movie?