When George Lucas made the original Star Wars back in the 1970s, he created the story arc for nine episodes spanning across three trilogies. We got to see two of those trilogies, but the rights were sold to Disney who is currently making the third without the guidance of George Lucas. While fans will likely never know what George Lucas’ original plans for the sequel trilogy were, we do know what Luke Skywalker’s fate would’ve been thanks to Mark Hamill himself.
While Luke did end up biting the dust in Episode VIII of Disney’s trilogy, he wouldn’t have met his fate until Episode IX of George’s trilogy. In an interview with IGN, Mark Hamill revealed how Luke originally would’ve died.
“I happen to know that George didn’t kill Luke until the end of [Episode] 9, after he trained Leia. Which is another thread that was never played upon [in The Last Jedi].”
Just from looking at this, we can already tell Lucas’ original vision is different from what we’re getting. Leia probably would’ve been trained by Luke throughout all three movies, ending with Luke’s death and the promise that she will carry on the legacy of the Jedi. This trilogy also probably would’ve been made sooner than 40 years after the original, so the lead actors would be younger and more dynamic.
What we’re getting isn’t too far off, though. While Luke did meet his fate an episode sooner, he did train (sort of) the next generation of Jedi with the hope of carrying on the legacy. We also did get a hint at Leia’s force abilities when she pulled herself out of the vacuum of space.
Source – IGN
Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.