Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Original Title Has Just Been Revealed

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ has already be etched into cinematic folklore because of its box office return and critical acclaim.

But it was almost all so different. Well, it was almost slightly different. That’s because it’s now been revealed that ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ was nearly called something completely different. In fact it was almost called ‘Shadow Of The Empire’.

Pablo Hidalgo, who is the Creative Executive of the Lucasfilm Story Group and author of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary’, made this admission during a Twitter Q&A, explaining that J.J. Abrams’ film had the same title as an old novel.

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After being asked, “What was the old novel title?”, Hidalgo wrote on Twitter, “It was ‘Shadow (singular) of the Empire’ for a while.”

‘Shadow Of The Empire’ was previously an entry from the now defunct Expanded Universe Star Wars range, which spawned a video, comic series, toys, and best-selling novel.

The book revolved around the even darker side of Darth Vader’s Empire, introduced a number of new Bounty Hunters, and was set in between 1980’s ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and 1983’s ‘Return Of The Jedi’.

It’s now been somewhat eclipsed by ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, which became the fastest ever film to gross $1 billion at the box office, and is well on its way to eclipsing ‘Avatar’s’ record haul of $2.7 billion.

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