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‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas explains why prequel trilogy started with trade disputes

‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas had a reason for kicking off ‘The Phantom Menace’ with a trade dispute, and it makes sense.

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Liam Neeson, right as Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, and Ewan McGregor as a young Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Star Wars: Episode 1, The Phantom Menace.”

Liam Neeson, right, as Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, and Ewan McGregor as a young Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Star Wars: Episode 1, The Phantom Menace.”

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“Star Wars” creator George Lucas recently defended the decision to kick off the prequel trilogy with a trade dispute.

What happened:

Lucas said that he knew people were upset with how the prequel trilogy opened with a trade dispute.

  • But Lucas defended the decision, saying “that’s how wars start.”
  • He said “corrupt corporations” will do bad things in order to make money, which causes a disruption among the people. Soon enough, a war will break out.
  • “There’s no coup, there’s no rebellion, there’s no nothing. They vote it in, which is what happens in real life.”

The information comes from Paul Duncan’s “Star Wars Archives Episode 1-3 The Prequels” book. The Deseret News was sent a digital copy of the book.

The book revealed something about the sequel trilogy, too.

One of the biggest headlines from the book came last week, when it was revealed Lucas wanted Darth Maul to be the villain of the sequel trilogy, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  • “Maul eventually becomes the godfather of crime in the universe because as the Empire fails, he takes over,” the book said on Lucas’ thoughts.

The sequel trilogy would have put the spotlight on Leia Organa, too, giving her a moment to shine as the hero. Eventually, the series would reveal Leia to be the heroine of the series and the Chosen One.