The Random Remake
No remake here; it’s my unsolicited spec script for Star Wars Episode 7: A New Force
Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han (Harrison Ford) Solo travel with their teenage daughter to the lawless planet of Endor. With the vacuum created by the destruction of the Empire, the galaxy has turned into a loose connection of tribe planets, all battling among themselves for territory and power. Leia leads a nascent unification effort (a United Federation of Planets, if you will) and sought out representatives on Endor about a treaty. Endor is considered a savage but vital planet that, according to Alliance advisers, could be brought into the light with help from a democratic regime. Han, begrudgingly moving into senior citizen status, comes along, and so does their daughter Breha Solo (AnnaSophia Robb).
At the same time Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is teaching his twin son and daughter Ken (Jesse Plemons) and A-pel (Saoirse Ronan), respectively, the ways of the force in chosen remote isolation on Dagobah after the tragic death of the twins’ mother. A-pel pleads with Luke to help his sister in the reunification efforts but he declines, saying that his involvement in bringing down the Empire and his mastery of the Force have made him a god and he wants Leia and the people to help themselves, not rely on an aging wizard – plus he is constant heartache over the death of his wife.
Back on Endor, the Solos are attacked by a clan of warriors clad in costumes reminiscent of stormtroopers. Some in the mix wear dark robes and wield lightsabers. Leia, trained a little by Luke, uses a Force push and grab to fight her way out of the ambush. Han makes a joke about missing the action when a laser grenade destroys their convoy, killing him and Leia. Breha is captured by the clan.
Luke, sensing the disturbance in the Force, reluctantly decides to leave for Endor and rescue his niece. He and his faithful R2-D2 unit bring an old X-Wing fighter out of hiding. Luke is in agony over not being there for his extended family. Ken and A-pel prepare for the trip but Luke tells them to stay behind and that this journey is his alone to face.
Along the way to Endor, Luke skirmishes with other lawless planets, runs into a family of Hutts, etc. Lightspeed is not an option in the galaxy as warring planets have set traps and tolls along the way. By using their combined Force powers, Ken and A-pel hide from their father’s consciousness that they have run away from Dagobah and have been following him, bringing the family’s C3-PO droid with them.
On Endor, Luke makes his way into a temple and finds Breha, only to realize she has been possessed by the Dark Side. Breha, with dead eyes and stunning reflexes, is too much for Luke. She repeatedly talks of her “Sith master’s return.” “Who is your master,” a defeated, exasperated Luke asks. “Darth Afollo,” she responds, and a massive Force Ghost face (Lars Mikkelsen) appears surrounding the temple. Luke is spellbound, and Afollo talks of being the one who originally harnessed the Force and spread it to the population. He tells Luke that in order to cultivate the Force he had to nurture both a Light and Dark side, and that by striking down the Emperor, Luke created an imbalance that infected Afollo and forced him to the Dark Side. “There will always be two sides,” Afollo says. Ken and A-pel, who just arrive, look at each other.
Just then Breha strikes Luke down with a lightsaber blow to the chest. Luke’s body disappears and his empty robes fall to the floor. Ken and A-pel scream in anguish and attack Breha. Ken is full of rage as he fights his cousin; the Force Ghost of Afollo grows to consume the whole planet, causing it to destabilize. Ken is about to kill Breha when the Force voice of Luke pleads against it and A-pel stops him, dragging him away from the crumbling earth. Breha is about to fall into a newly created crevice but Afollo levitates her and forces her again on her cousins. Ken and A-pel loosen their attack stances and instead meditate, combining their Force powers mentally against Afollo. They break his hold on Breha, who collapses. Afollo, enraged, then summons a team of neo-Sith in the Stormtrooper-like outfits, whom the twins have to fight and defeat before reaching their ship with Breha in tow, the planet disintegrating. The three return to Dagobah, and summon Luke’s Force Ghost, who tell the trio this is now their fight. Roll credits.