Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker concept artist Jon McCoy shares his pitch for a very different role for Millennium Falcon in the Resistance.
Jon McCoy, who worked as a concept artist for Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalkerhad proposed a very different role for the Millennium Falcon: a base for the resistance.
“One of the most important design issues we had for the film was the idea of the resistance base, which was to support the few remaining resistance people from The Last Jedi,said McCoy, who shared a wealth of concept art Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker on his website. “One idea I suggested was that the Millennium Falcon stay actual the resistance base itself. “
McCoy continued, “I had the vision of an 80s toy set where space would stretch out and slide out and turn the original thing into something else. Later, the idea of the Blockade Runner becoming the ship that was all built around, decided, and we started visualizing and developing that idea. ” Appears for the first time in Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977, the Millennium Falcon is primarily captain of Han Solo along with his co-pilot, Chewbacca. In the sequel trilogy, Falcon would continue to be piloted by Rey after His death in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and then by Lando Calrissian with Chewbacca after the events of The Rise of Skywalker.
McCoy recently shared concept art for another unused idea in The Rise of Skywalker, which depicted a torture scene with Wookiee Chewbacca at the mercy of the first order. According to McCoy, the art department for the film was asked to design a “machine that would last [Chewbacca] in these terrible stressful positions. “McCoy’s intention with the design was to create a” very iconic and unique pose that Chewie would be held in, to make the images memorable. “
While Chewie’s torture scene was included in the script and was inevitably filmed with Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, it was cut from the final editing. Another concept artist on the film, Ryan Church, said the scene “could have been one of the most intense, meaningful moments in the trilogy.”
More concept art shared by McCoy also offered a look at an abandoned Coruscant, a potential prison design, Kylo Ren’s search for Wayfinder, the festival on Pasaana and Ochi’s ship, among others. Another idea that never came into the film included design concepts for the bridge to Star Destroyer, which would have included a red carpet that only Kylo Ren would be allowed to walk down.
Along with the 2019s The Rise of SkywalkerMcCoy has worked as a concept artist on film as Batman (2022), The King’s Man (2021), Eternal (2021) and Mortal Kombat (2021). His next upcoming project is Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumaniastarring Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania expected to be released on July 28, 2023.
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