What 'Star Wars' Would Look Like Based on Original Concept Art

Stormtroopers with lightsabers, a sleeker C-3PO and more appear in a student film based on Ralph McQuarrie's artwork.
Screengrab/The DAVE School

True Star Wars fans are most likely familiar with artist Ralph McQuarrie's concept art drawn for the original film in 1977. While much of the aesthetic that went on to become iconic pieces of popular culture was translated directly from McQuarrie's sketches to the ultimate cut of George Lucas' space epic, there are a number of designs that didn't make the leap onto the big screen.

Well, now viewers can get a taste of what McQuarrie's designs might have looked like had they made it into the final cut. About a year ago, students at the DAVE School of digital animation and visual effects in Orlando, Florida, put together a short concept trailer showcasing McQuarrie's sketches. 

If you've ever wanted to see a sleeker C-3PO, an armed R2-D2 or a Stormtrooper wielding a lightsaber, then this new trailer is for you. Of particular note is everyone's favorite Wookiee, Chewbacca, who is much more menacing in McQuarrie's sketches. Also of interest is Luke's headgear and pink robe. 

Watch the trailer below.

The Star Wars: Concept Trailer from The DAVE School on Vimeo.