While the original trilogy of Star Wars is always considered the “OG” trilogy, it’s not without its criticisms. One of the most debated elements is the revelation that Leia is actually Luke’s twin sister, which seemed to much of a coincidence. As it turns out, Luke was meant to have a twin, but it wasn’t always Leia.
This comes from the Star Wars trivia bank Star Wars Holocron on Twitter:
Did you know? In early drafts of Return of the Jedi, Leia was not Luke’s sister. Instead, he had a twin sister named Nellith Skywalker, who had been taken to the far reaches of the galaxy to train as a Jedi. The planned sequel trilogy would have followed Luke’s search for Nellith pic.twitter.com/vzAZYQ89I0— Star Wars Holocron (@sw_holocron) May 9, 2019
Having Luke’s twin not be Leia would actually solve a lot of weird issues in the OT, specifically all the incest-y bits, but I guess they kind of dug themselves in a hole with Luke reaching out to Leia via the Force in Empire Strikes Back.
On second thought, they could just say that Luke calling out to Leia was a message that only went one way, and they could still make it so Leia doesn’t really have any special connection. Alas, the two are still siblings, and that’s something that everyone has accepted in the fandom for decades now.
For now, everyone is gearing up for the end of the sequel trilogy this December, and what will be the last of the Skywalker movies. Rian Johnson is currently developing his own trilogy of films, and Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are said to be working on some movies that will be set during the Old Republic era. The first of those films will come out in 2022.
Catch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in theaters Dec. 20.