Star Wars Sequels Would’ve Been Worse With Leia As The Chosen One
Leia’s arc because the Chosen One in Lucas’ sequel trilogy by no means made it to the massive display screen, however Rey was a better option to carry stability to the Drive.
George Lucas’ Star Wars sequel trilogy deliberate to characteristic Leia Organa as its protagonist and the trilogy’s Chosen One, however his plans had been discarded after Disney bought the franchise and opted to go in a distinct path. Whereas Leia’s scrapped arc could sound attractive to followers disillusioned with Disney’s sequel trilogy, Lucas’ plans for Leia wouldn’t have made for higher sequels.
In response to the e book Star Wars Archives: Eps I-III: 1999-2005 by Paul Duncan, Lucas deliberate for the sequel trilogy to observe Leia in her quest to determine the New Republic, whereas crime lord Darth Maul would rise to energy within the chaos of the post-Empire period and function the trilogy’s villain. Lucas additionally deliberate for Leia to meet the Chosen One prophecy within the sequels, saying: “We’d have the renewal of the Republic, with Leia, Senator Organa, turning into the Supreme Chancellor answerable for all the things. So she ended up being the chosen one.” In Disney’s sequel trilogy, Leia performed an integral function within the Resistance’s battle towards the First Order, however took a backseat to the sequel’s protagonists, Rey Skywalker and Kylo Ren.
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Disney’s sequel trilogy had its shortcomings in execution, however Rey nonetheless makes extra sense to carry stability to the Drive than Leia. The Chosen One prophecy considers two standards: the origin and mission of the character. Neither Rey nor Leia meet the factors for being “born of no father” — Rey was the descendent of Emperor Palpatine, whereas Leia’s father was Anakin — however Rey’s destruction of the Sith aligns extra intently with Anakin’s mission than Leia’s proposed sequel arc. By destroying Palpatine and carrying on Anakin’s mission to destroy the Sith in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Rey doesn’t turn into the Chosen One however she nonetheless brings stability to the Drive.
Rey additionally realizes the essence of the prophecy by forging a brand new, extra balanced means ahead for the flawed Jedi Order, implied by her yellow lightsaber on the movie’s finish. In response to Lucas, Leia would have a completely totally different goal, asserting the political management of the New Republic over crime lords like Maul fairly than stopping the imbalance of the Sith. This arc would carry a brand new kind of story to the massive display screen, however wouldn’t make Leia a greater match because the Chosen One.
Rey’s origins additionally make her a extra compelling option to carry stability to the Drive than Leia, whose character is already established within the authentic trilogy. Rey’s perspective on her lineage adjustments in every of the movies — from being a Jakku scavenger with unknown origins in Star Wars: The Drive Awakens, to her reveal as a no one in Star Wars: The Final Jedi, to being the granddaughter of Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker — however every of these identities conflicts with the concept that she will carry stability to the Drive and heightens the strain about whether or not Rey will succumb to the darkish facet. The background of Leia, who’s already established as a adorned normal and battle hero within the Insurgent Alliance within the authentic trilogy, would have labored within the actual reverse method and would have given the sequels a much less conflicted and compelling protagonist.
Leia’s arc because the Chosen One in Lucas’ sequel trilogy could sound attractive given how Disney’s trilogy was, however the change wouldn’t have led to a greater set of Star Wars movies. Disney’s sequel trilogy created a extra becoming and compelling character to carry stability to the Drive, whereas nonetheless giving Leia an impactful function on the Resistance’s victory and a becoming send-off.
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