There is little doubt that Mace Windu is one of the most memorable characters introduced in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. However, it looks like George Lucas had initially planned for the Jedi Master to have a pivotal role in the original trilogy.
It's no secret that Lucas was constantly changing the story that would eventually become A New Hope during the early days. One of the most well-known details was the fact that Luke Skywalker was initially named "Luke Starkiller" but the filmmaker opted against it. Interestingly, Screenrant reveals that Star Wars was supposed to be about a character named Mace Windu in the early drafts.
According to the report, Lucas' 1973 draft featured Mace as the narrator of the story. The character would be the one responsible for explaining several subplots throughout the storyline and at one point, the script has even been titled The Story of Mace Windu. However, Lucas decided to make some major adjustments to the project.
It was only later that Mace was given a different role in the script, which would then focus on Luke. At one point, he was supposed to be Luke's friend or even Princess Leia's brother. As Lucas continued working on the story, Mace was pushed aside and was ultimately scrapped from the script. Nevertheless, the filmmaker never really forgot about Mace and the character was brought back with a completely new role in the prequel trilogy.
It's cool to know that Mace could have been in the original Star Wars films. On the other hand, we're happy that he would be given a new role in the prequel trilogy since it allowed Lucas to cast Samuel L. Jackson for the movies.
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