Every Star Wars fan knows that Samuel L. Jackson opted for a purple lightsaber in the prequel trilogy so that he could easily pick himself out in more action-packed scenes. But now, it’s been revealed that another character almost wielded one in the movies – just like Mace Windu.
In unused concept art shared by Adam Brockbank on Instagram, Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker can be seen using a purple lightsaber in a duel with Leia, who in turn has a blue-colored weapon.
In the final cut of The Rise of Skywalker, the flashback features a younger Luke sparring with his sister using his typical green lightsaber. It’s worth noting, though, that Luke did have a blue lightsaber prior to *that* scene in Return of the Jedi, which once belonged to his and Leia’s father Anakin Skywalker, so it’s entirely possible that he and Leia got a hold of each other’s weapons during the fight.
Back in November 2016, Carrie Fisher admitted on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that if Leia were to ever brandish a lightsaber in Star Wars, she’d want it to be a purple one. Perhaps Brockbank’s art was a way of honoring that, following Fisher’s death?
Lightsaber colors aside, the flashback proved that Leia had undergone Jedi training – significant, due to the fact that previous Star Wars flicks had only hinted at her Force-related abilities.
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