This is not the Luke you're looking for. (Credit: Dark Horse Comics)
Dark Horse Comics has released a trailer in anticipation of ‘The Star Wars’, an eight-issue series based on George Lucas’ original first draft of Star Wars. Penned in May of 1974, the legendary script (and the soon to be released comic) differs significantly from what appeared on screen three years later in the first film.
How significantly? According to USA Today, Luke Skywalker isn’t just some bright-eyed kid toiling away on a Tatooine moisture farm -- he’s a grizzled, bearded general who bears a striking resemblance to Lucas himself. Skywalker joins forces with young Annikin (yes, that's the original spelling) Starkiller to battle the Empire, led by an Emperor bereft of Sith powers entirely.
Darth Vader makes an appearance as well, but not as a nightmarish Sith lord. Instead, he’s merely an opposing general in the Imperial army, and while he wields a “lazer sword,” so does pretty much everyone else. The term “lightsaber” is nowhere to be found.
Perhaps the craziest facelift of all goes to Han Solo, who appears as a green-skinned, lizard-like alien. He’s still a space pirate, though, and he’ll still interact with Chewbacca the Wookie. Other characters like Princess Leia, C3PO and R2D2 are here as well, and the basic plot -- save the princess from the Empire -- remains mostly unchanged.
The first issue of ‘The Star Wars’ arrives both digitally and at retail on September 4.
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