10 Deleted Star Wars Moments You Won't Believe Nearly Happened

9. Vader Wasn't Actually Luke's Father At One Point - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Maarva Andor

Imagine a reality where arguably the greatest plot twist in cinema history never actually dropped jaws the world over.

Well, had Leigh Brackett's original treatment for The Empire Strikes Back been stuck to and not revised by George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan in the wake of her tragic death during the early development stage of Episode V, that iconic utterance may never have wiggled its way into pop culture at all.

That's because Brackett's script didn't actually depict Darth Vader as Luke Skywalker's father, with the Dark Lord of the Sith and Anakin Skywalker both very much being separate entities during this early treatment.

In fact, Brackett even went as far as to unleash a scene that would've seen Luke's dead father appear before his child as a Force Ghost on Dagobah. And said showing would've also come equipped with the revelation of Luke's sister not being Leia, as eventually revealed in the finished films, but another Jedi-in-training by the name of Nellith Skywalker.

Simply put, the galaxy would've undoubtedly looked a whole lot different had Lucas and Kasdan opted to go with absolutely everything that Brackett had committed to the page.


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