Original Star Wars script reveals Obi-Wan Kenobi wasn’t supposed to die

Alec Guinness’s Jedi was meant to survive his light-sabre battle with Darth Vader, according to an early version of the story tweeted by Peter Mayhew

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It may have become one of Star Wars’ most iconic scenes, but Peter Mayhew has revealed Obi Wan Kenobi wasn’t always destined to die in A New Hope.

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The Chewbacca actor tweeted out images of pages from the original Star Wars script which had Obi-Wan survive his clash with Darth Vader and even escape the Death Star with the others. 

The images show that is was originally planned that Obi-Wan would escape the fight but be wounded by a storm trooper, allowing Luke to help rescue him.

In A New Hope Obi-Wan famously dies with the words: “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine”.

The death of his mentor provides a pivotal moment in Luke’s journey, driving him to become a Jedi Knight.

It’s unclear how this would have been achieved if the original script had been used or what Obi-Wan’s character would have done next.

This isn’t the first revelation from Mayhew, who has spent the last few months tweeting out images of the original Star Wars script.

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Other details shared by Chewie include deleted scenes and confirmation that Han Solo shot bounty hunter Greedo first.