One of the most exciting scenes in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalkers It was when the audience began to see flashbacks to young Luke training young Leia. And that included both of them wielding a lightsaber. In the final cut of the movie, both lightsaber were blue, but concept artist Adam Blockbank recently used Instagram to show off another look of the scene where Leia had a purple lightsaber instead. .. She wouldn’t have been the first hero of the franchise to wield the blade of that color, but it would have raised many questions about her trajectory in her Jedi training.
“I posted the last image before, so here’s an earlier version of the same scene,” said Blockbank, after further sharing the concept of the sequence, captioning the image.
Throughout much of Star Wars history, heroes and villains were defined by the color of the lightsaber blade, the Jedi used blue or green, and the Sith used red. In the first part of Star Wars, this formula was modified thanks to Samuel L. Jackson, who wanted the creator George Lucas to have a purple blade. His wish came true, opening the door for other blade colors to appear throughout the franchise.
Giving Leia a purple lightsaber, rather than a homage to Jackson’s Mace Windu, respects the wishes of the late Carrie Fisher’s purple lightsaber.
As explained in previous Star Wars movies, one element of the Padawan Path to becoming a Jedi is to build your own lightsaber. Had Leia been seen using a purple blade, she would have questioned the process of making such a weapon among fans. Given how short the sequence of the finished movie is, having her use a blue lightsaber could have created a more streamlined backstory about the Jedi’s evolution.
Moreover, the nature of concept art only gives filmmakers a glimpse of the possible paths that a storyline can follow. This does not necessarily reflect the content of the script. Blockbank simply chose to give Leia a purple lightsaber in the scene to create a more dynamic image to convey the collision of Luke and Leia’s blades.
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