Prequel Trilogy,  Revenge of the Sith

Revenge of the Sith: Padmé’s attempt to kill Anakin didn’t even make it to the rough draft

In recent days, movie blogs made a fuss about the idea of making Padmé try to kill Anakin in Revenge of the Sith, which had been considered by the creative team during development.

But one more time, the so-called movie experts weren’t very accurate. They only listened to concept artist Ian McCaig’s lecture and concluded that he had revealed the “original ending” of the movie.

The truth is that this idea was only a suggestion made by McCaig. George Lucas found it stimulating at the time, but he never included it in any of his drafts.

Here is an excerpt from The Art of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith:

December 13-20, 2002

[…] Meanwhile, because the script is still being written, the artists are still free to imagine what might happen in the course of the film. A great deal of time is spent speculating on the events surrounding Padmé and her eventual fate…
“I was brainstorming with Iain [McCaig],” [Erik] Tiemens says, “and he thought Padmé might have a dagger in her hand. George [Lucas] responded favorably and said, ‘I’m starting to see some scenes…'”


On January 31, 2003, Lucas achieved his rough draft. As you can see in this excerpt from the rough draft summary in The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Lucas had already rejected the idea of making Padmé try to kill Anakin:

PADMÉ arrives–but her entourage is gunned down by clones. As they close in on her, ANAKIN appears and calls them off. She pleads with ANAKIN, but he says she is either with him or against him. Just then OBI-WAN reveals himself having sneaked aboard her ship. ANAKIN is enraged and, believing PADMÉ has betrayed him, Force-chokes her and then throws her against a wall. OBI-WAN and ANAKIN fight.

And the idea never came back thereafter.

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