Peter Mayhew Reveals Script Pages Showing Obi-Wan Didn’t Originally Die in ‘A New Hope’

By April 15, 2016

If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

It’s one of the greatest and most quoted lines in the entire Star Wars universe, spoken by Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan Kenobi, right before allowing Darth Vader to land a killing blow on him whilst escaping the Death Star in A New Hope. Turns out though, that we originally were never going to hear that line, and even more interestingly, Obi-Wan was not originally going to die in that scene either, which some of you may or may not have already been aware of.

Thanks to some new script pages released by Chewbacca himself, Peter Mayhew, on Twitter from a 1976 draft of the film’s screenplay, we can read the original scene in which Obi-Wan simply separated himself and Vader by dropping a blast door between them and escaping with Luke, Han, Leia and the rest of the crew on the Millennium Falcon.

Check out the tweet below:

The pages themselves also detail a much more brutal and skilled fight than the one we saw in the final cut of the film, which as much as I love it, is a much lighter scene in terms of choreography, and doesn’t contain nearly as many “lightning movements” or heavy slashes from either combatant. It is interesting to think though, about where Obi-Wan would have gone and what kind of a role he would have played in the rest of the films, had he not died and become a force ghost throughout the rest of the trilogy.

Quick side note: I also love that in the script pages themselves as well, the lightsabers are still outright referred to as “laser swords,” which is what George Lucas has continued to call them throughout his entire life since. Love. It.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable