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The original ‘Revenge of the Sith’ script revealed Anakin Skywalker’s true father

‘Revenge of the Sith’ hints at Darth Vader’s true father, and we may have learned the detail had it not been for a script change

Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) fills Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) with stories of power beyond belief.
Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) fills Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) with stories of power beyond belief.
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The original script for “Revenge of the Sith” would have revealed Anakin Skywalker’s true father, an identity that has been up for debate among the “Star Wars” community for more than a decade.

What’s going on?

In the original script, Darth Sidious would have revealed himself to be Anakin Skywalker’s father, specifically orchestrating the Force to help Skywalker be born.

  • “I have waited all these years for you to fulfill your destiny.”
  • Palpatine would have said he “used the power of the Force to will the midi-chlorians to start the cell division” to create Skywalker.

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.


Theories for years suggested Anakin had been created by the Force and Palpatine was the one to do it. And it all begins from the prequel trilogy.

  • In “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace,” we learned that Anakin Skywalker did not have a true father. His mother, Shimi Skywalker (Pernilla August), told Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) that she gave birth without a father. She said she can’t explain how it happened.
  • In “Revenge of the Sith,” Palpatine hints at the Force creating life, while he looks at Anakin. Sort of a wink, wink, nod, nod, kind of thing.

We already got confirmation:

The Marvel comic “Darth Vader #25” confirmed that Emperor Palpatine manipulated the Force to create Skywalker, as I wrote about for the Deseret News in 2018.

The comic shows Darth Vader becoming a “roiling figure of dark energy” that allows him to relive his most important moments, according to ScreenRant.

  • “None more startling than seeing his mother during her pregnancy … with Darth Sidious’ arms encircling her, hands curled in Sith sorcery, forming the swirl of energy inside of her that would one day emerge as Anakin,” according to ScreenRant.