Original 'Star Wars' Script Discovered at University of New Brunswick

Original 'Star Wars' Script Discovered at University of New Brunswick
Later this year, J.J. Abrams will bring us back to a galaxy far, far away with his new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A Maritime librarian recently took a trip back to where it all began, however, when he discovered A New Hope in New Brunswick.

As the CBC reports, librarian Kristian Brown was recently tasked with digitizing the sci-fi collection at the University of New Brunswick. Toward the end of the job, he uncovered an original screenplay for Star Wars: A New Hope.

"I was just looking actually for something else entirely and then I just found this unique looking item," he said.

The script is dated for March 15, 1976. Principal photography for A New Hope began on March 22, 1976.

Brown notes that the script bears some differences from the final film. Along with deleted scenes and changes in dialogue, the script noticeably lists Luke Skywalker as "Luke Starkiller."

It's unclear how a Star Wars script ended up at the University of New Brunswick's library, though Brown wagers it appeared in the '90s. That said, he doesn't understand how it ended up hidden on a shelf somewhere. "Among the many acquisitions that were made in that period, I think that this is the kind of thing that would have been earmarked as a significant find," he said.