STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Concept Art Shows Princess Leia Wielding A PURPLE Lightsaber!

Some newly surfaced concept art for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker reveals that Princess Leia was supposed to wield a purple lightsaber, just like Mace Windu's, during her training with Luke Skywalker...

The Star Wars sequels made a long list of mistakes, but fans did appreciate the flashbacks in The Rise of Skywalker that revealed Princess Leia had briefly trained to become a Jedi. We learned that Leia chose to focus on her political duties and raising her son, Ben Solo, but a glimpse of a training session with Luke Skywalker was one of the movie's better moments. 

Leia's lightsaber came into play during the final battle, but some newly surfaced concept art shows that director J.J. Abrams considered giving the Princess and General a purple blade rather than a blue one. 

It's typically considered that individuals who used a purple lightsaber generally shared an affinity with both the Light and Dark sides of the Force. They demonstrate attributes such as instability, high energy, and the relentless determination to accomplish any feat that they are subjected to.

That sure sounds like the tough-as-nails Leia Organa for the most part, right? 

Carrie Fisher's death limited The Rise of Skywalker's ability to tell the story with Leia it originally planned to, but re-used footage and deleted scenes went some way towards giving the character and actor a fitting send-off in the Skywalker Saga's final chapter. We'd like to see Leia's story continue in other ways, though, as spending time with the young Leia in Obi-Wan Kenobi was a blast.

It appears Lucasfilm has no plans to revisit legacy characters with different actors (at least not during periods we've spent time in before) so we're not going to bank on that happening. At least not in the foreseeable future, anyway. 

Check out this newly revealed Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker concept art, courtesy of artist Adam Brockbank (and via SFFGazette.com), in the Instagram posts below:
 

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