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The Original Star Wars Draft Made Luke and Leia Kissing More in Tune With Zendaya’s Challengers Before George Lucas Changed It
2024/07/03

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Love Triangles existed before they became a staple part of cinema. Whether it is or the saga, the classic trope has been a fan favorite, before Zendaya’s came around and made the trope even more to some extent at least.

While some might call it toxic, others outrageous, that is the turn that George Lucas’  nearly took before Lucas went on to change it. If you remember the kiss between Luke and Leia and the horror that every fan faced after it was revealed they were siblings, it would be shocking yet somewhat calming to know that the duo weren’t supposed to be siblings originally.

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Luke and Leia Weren’t Supposed to be Siblings

features , Mike Faist, and Josh O’Connor in an unlikely love trio, that is both very endearing yet not as cliche as one would have imagined. While Zendaya’s Tashi’s two are fueled by her, her own interest lies solely in achieving greatness: . While why or why does not she end up achieving it and why she ends up marrying Faist’s character is a different story, as Tashi’s love for tennis.

And so, while  doesn’t have tennis, it does have Princess Leia as an unapologetically ambitious character who would have ended up being in a

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had the original draft of the sequel been adopted faithfully.

As per , had originally hired Leigh Brackett to develop the script of a sequel to his 1977 film, which can be found . As per Brackett’s script, Luke, Leia, and Han Solo were supposed to be in a cliche love triangle, with Leia revealing in the end that she was in love with Solo. Equally shocking is that Luke was supposed to have a long-lost sister, named Nellith.

Luke and Leia’s Incest Kiss in 

Among the many great mysterious plotholes of the 

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franchise, Luke and Leia’s incest kiss in  sits at the top. While we know that had the original script for the sequel been adapted faithfully, Luke and Leia’s kiss would have made sense, however, the duo seemed to be a romantic trope since the very first movie.

While it can be (see ), an equally plausible theory is that George Lucas had no idea how far the tale would go, for he had no inclination that the movie would even be successful (see ).

Although fans have been forgiving, the revelation that Leia is Luke’s sister in  makes the kiss even more incest since the princess always  knew Luke was her brother. As no explanation for this particular plot has ever been offered,  fans have somehow made their peace.

And with series like existing Luke and Leia’s controversial kiss seems more like a sweet peck on the cheek.

The franchise can be streamed on Disney+, while is in theatres now.

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