Take a peek behind the scenes of this classic series.
A long time ago (January 1975, to be exact) a fledgling screenwriter named George Lucas was working on the second draft of an epic sci-fi space opera he called Adventures of the Starkiller, Episode One: The Star Wars.
Of the many, many problems with this clunky script that would eventually become Star Wars: A New Hope, one that seemed easily fixed to Lucas was the serious lack of female characters.
So, Lucas did something radical: rewrote his story’s main character, Luke Starkiller, as an 18-year-old girl.
At least one concept drawing by artist Ralph McQuarrie exists of this short-lived gender swap, but a few months later, with Lucas’ next draft, Starkiller was a boy again.
Too bad… Star Wars could probably use a few more female voices.