“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” almost destroyed an iconic “Star Wars” planet, but stopped short of doing so.
The news: A “Star Wars”-themed Twitter account shared concept art from “The Force Awakens” that allegedly showed the destruction of Coruscant, the iconic planet seen in the prequel trilogy.
La idea inicial de JJ Abrams en #StarWars El Despertar de la Fuerza era que Coruscant fuese uno de los planetas destruidos por la Base Starkiller. Sin embargo, Lucasfilm no estuvo de acuerdo ello y en su lugar se creó Hosnian Prime como nueva capital galáctica.— WookieeNews #ObiWanKenobi (@WookieeNews) January 17, 2022
Vía @pabl0hidalgo pic.twitter.com/OJinfP9KOx
Lucasfilm representative Pablo Hidalgo confirmed the concept of art, saying that at some point there was an idea for the First Order to destroy the city-planet.
- “The concept art resembles Coruscant because for a time it was, but that planet had the potential to be featured in something else in development so it was changed to a different location. Not really all that newsworthy,” he said, per The Inverse.
In “The Force Awakens,” the First Order uses Starkiller Base to destroy the Hosnian system, where many of the Republic’s representatives were located.
More concept art: Illustrations for “The Force Awakens” have leaked online in droves.
- For example, Doug Chiang, the current vice president and executive creative director for Lucasfilm, shared some concept art of the Death Star 2 — which was destroyed in “Return of the Jedi” — rising from the Jakku sands. This was an early idea before there was a script.
- There’s also Kylo Ren’s original concept art that shows him with a cyborg arm. He reportedly had the nickname “Grave Robber.”