May The Fourth: You Like Us Because We're Scoundrels

In honor of today's holiday - and you do know what that holiday is, don't you? - we've got a treat for you guys: Swatches from Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan's half-typed/half-handwritten first draft of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Kasdan himself donated this to our library - it's not the original document, but the only extant copy of Kasdan's own. Because it's a first draft, a lot of the dialogue and description is different from the final shooting draft, and what we see in the movie.

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If anyone was at Jason Reitman's live stage reading of EMPIRE a few months ago, you may have noticed the crowd - and Reitman himself - taking a moment to appreciate this "locomotive on stilts" line describing a wounded AT-AT:

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These next two images are contiguous, featuring Han and Leia's first kiss. The dialogue that wound up being "You like me because I'm a scoundrel" in the final film was initially much bulkier, and Han's character was even more aggressive:

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And because we're celebrating all of STAR WARS, not just EMPIRE, here's the unforgettable first appearance of the franchise's most beloved character:

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What? Yousa can't take a joke?