It may surprise people to learn that the story of The Last Jedi is similar to what George Lucas had planned for the sequel trilogy himself. Collider.com explains all….

Before Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, George Lucas was kicking around some ideas for a Star Wars sequel trilogy, but those ideas were largely discarded when J.J. Abrams came on board in early 2013. However, some of Lucas’ ideas have still come to light via the new Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi book. /Film reports that Lucas envisioned Episode VII as having Luke training a new disciple named Kira (later renamed Rey) at a Jedi Temple after secluding himself for the past thirty years. Sound familiar?

Per /Film, “Apparently, the initial plan for Star Wars: Episode 7 was that Luke, over the course of that movie, would rediscover his vitality and train this new Jedi. So basically, what we got from the Rey/Luke storyline in The Last Jedi was initially supposed to be the bones for George Lucas’ Episode 7.” The story group decided to go in a different direction for Episode VII with Han taking on the mentor role for Rey and Luke coming in at the very end of the story.

The art book shows that the designs for Luke’s Jedi Temple were radically different than what we got in The Last Jedi, taking on the more lavish, highly adorned look that marked the style of the prequels.

So does the article help the naysayers? Please give the film another chance if you’ve not done so already (and no, we’re not being paid/sponsored to say that!).

We’ll be reviewing the Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi overhe holidays, buit from what we’ve read so far it’s a must read for all.