It’s been revealed that Star Wars: Episode VI may have been a very different movie, with the news that George Lucas originally planned to make Boba Fett the film’s main villain.
Lucasfilm’s “first official fan relations officer” Craig Miller, has said via Inverse, that “Originally Boba Fett was set up in Empire as a character, and the third movie’s plot was going to be more about Boba Fett, rescuing Han Solo and all of that… Boba was gonna be the main villain.”
Miller went onto reveal why it never happened: “While we were working on The Empire Strikes Back, George decided he was going to complete the first film trilogy and that would be it.”
“When George decided not to make a third trilogy, he completely jettisoned that story line, which is why in the first ten minutes, Boba Fett gets bumped into and falls into the mouth of a giant monster,” said Miller.
“So he took what was planned for the third trilogy, which was the confrontation between Luke and Darth Vader, and the battle with the Emperor, and that got squished down from three movies to one movie. And that became the plot of [Return of the] Jedi.”
Interesting discoveries here, and so how very different the early Star Wars films could have been! Do you think Boba Fett would have made a good main villain?