The Star Wars franchise has introduced many iconic concepts that have defined science fiction for 40 years. A franchise as high profile as this is will have its fair share of behind-the-scenes content. There are always some secrets that the franchise keeps hidden.
At this stage, it is difficult to find concept art that is not already ingrained in public consciousness. Disney would prefer fans not to see some things that almost happened. Here are 15 Star Wars character designs that Disney would rather you not see.
One of the most memorable characters is a droid who doesn’t talk in a language that we understand.
George Lucas gave McQuarrie little direction to the appearance of R2-D2, so the artist came up with his own concept. In an interview, he recalled “I think Artoo was just described as a small robot. I thought of him as running on a giant ball bearing — just a sphere, a circle, wheel-like. He had gyros so he could go in any direction on this ball.”
Concept artist Christian Alzmann developed the visual characteristics of the droid. He first made a concept that may have allowed BB-8 to move forward and backwards.
In McQuarrie’s first art, C-3PO is less humanoid than he finally becomes. He has small beady eyes and a blank expression. The final version has a humanized face and more detail to make the character much less ominous.