I’m always fascinated by what didn’t make the final cut in a hugely successful blockbuster production. These movies are so widely celebrated that I wonder if one scene could have changed the entire calibration. However, sometimes these scenes never make it to a deleted scene. Oftentimes, they’re relegated to the script or the storyboards. That’s what makes the upcoming book Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy so exciting. There always seems to be new information to mine when it comes to Star Wars, and this one contains artwork that’s never been seen before. This artwork shows us things like a different conclusion for Obi-Wan and what Princess Leia looked like before her iconic hair buns. Additionally, I can vouch for the good work of the publisher, Abrams, since they’re the ones that did the excellent Star Wars Visions book.
Here’s the synopsis:
For the first time, Lucasfilm has opened its Archives to present the complete storyboards for the original Star Wars trilogy—the world-changing A New Hope and its operatic sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi—as well as never-before-published art from early conceptual and deleted scenes.
From the opening chase above Tatooine in A New Hope to the Battle of Endor in Jedi, this book presents the visual inspiration behind now-iconic moments. Readers can finally see a full set of storyboards by legendary artist Joe Johnston, as well as early boards for Episode IV by Alex Tavoularis and for Episode V by Ivor Beddoes, rarely seen Episode VI boards by Roy Carnon, and Ralph McQuarrie’s never-before-seen storyboards for Episode V.