The Explanation For Darth Vader's Mask, And Other Iconic Star Wars Elements, Came From Scrapped Drafts
It's no secret that George Lucas' early stabs at the Star Wars scripts are pure insanity. From Han Solo being a giant green alien to Han Solo having sex with a Wookiee, to ... you know what, it's mostly gross Han Solo stuff. While Lucas eventually whittled his creation down to a sci-fi classic, a lot of the most cherished aspects of Star Wars only exist due to those nutty binned iterations.
Take Darth Vader's mask. What says Star Wars more than the sleek black helmet of the asthmatic villain? The only reason it exists is that an early draft has Vader jet-packing between ships, presumably because he was too whiny and impatient to wait for a shuttle. Since he needed a mask to breathe in space, concept artist Ralph McQuarrie drew this:
Star Wars"Excuse me, sir, do you know the exit to this space station?"
"Maybe if we point our flashlights in the same direction we'll see it."
While Vader flying about between ships was eventually deleted, Lucas invented Vader's backstory, volcano planet and all, purely to accommodate the badass costume McQuarrie designed. And remember the Kyber crystals, those magical gems that power lightsabers? A Kyber necklace was a major plot point in Rogue One.
Disney/LucasfilmLeading to the tragic scene in which Jyn sneezes and decapitates herself.