Back in 1978, when The Empire Strikes Back was simply called ‘Star Wars II’, sci-fi author Leigh Brackett handed George Lucas a first draft of the script that was very different to the movie we’d see on screen. Many of the main story beats remain in her first take on the film, but character, motivation and parental revelations are quite different.
We take a look at the Star Wars sequel that could have been and honour the work of the late Leigh Brackett.
Luke and James also catch up on Marvel’s excellent current run of Darth Vader comics with a look at #21, and anticipate the upcoming Star Wars: Resistance in its primary-coloured glory.
You can also read the Leigh Brackett first draft of The Empire Strikes Back over at StarWarz.com.