Rise of Skywalker concept art showing Leah with purple lightsaber

One of the most exciting scenes in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker It was when the audience saw flashbacks to young Luke training Leah, which included both wielding a lightsaber. In the film’s final trailer, both lightsaber are blue, but conceptual artist Adam Brokebank recently took to Instagram to show off an alternate look for a scene where Leia had a purple lamp instead. Although she was not the first heroine in the series to use a blade of this color, it would have brought with her a number of questions about her path in Jedi training.

Brockbank captioned the photo after sharing more concepts of the sequence: “I realize I posted the last photo before, here’s an earlier version of the same scene.”

Throughout most of Star Wars history, heroes and villains have been identified by the color of their lightsaber blade, with Jedi using blue or green and Sith using red. In the prequel Star Wars, this formula was changed thanks to Samuel L. Jackson, who was telling creator George Lucas that he was hoping for a purple blade. His wish was granted, and it opened the door for other blade colors to appear throughout the franchise.

Instead of Mace Window honoring Jackson, he gave Leah a purple lightsaber honoring the late Carrie Fisher wishing for a purple lightsaber.

As shown in previous Star Wars films, a component of Padoan’s path to becoming a Jedi is building his own lightsaber. Had Leah been seen wielding a purple blade, it would likely raise questions among fans about the process of building such a weapon. Given how brief the sequence is in the final movie, her use of blue light is likely to be a more streamlined background in terms of her Jedi evolution.

In addition, the nature of concept art is merely to provide a filmmaker with a glimpse into the possible paths a story could follow, which does not always reflect what is in the text. Brockbank could only choose to give Leia a purple lightsaber in the scene to create a more dynamic image of the transmission of the collision of Luke and Leia’s blades.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker It is now streaming on Disney+.

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