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Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi was meant to live through A New Hope

The Independent logo The Independent 15/04/2016 Jacob Stolworthy

© Provided by Independent Print Limited It's a scene every Star Wars fan remembers with a heavy heart - Obi-Wan Kenobi is mowed down by Darth Vader in the first Star Wars film Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).

While ultimately his death served a purpose to the story - through the Force, he became a guiding presence to Luke Skywalker on his trajectory to Jedi Knight - it has now emerged, all these 40 years later, that Kenobi - memorably played by Alec Guinness - was meant to survive the events of the film.

Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew has been treating fans to sneak peeks at pages from the original copy of his Star Wars script over the past few months.

The latest photo he has tweeted out show a very different outcome of the same scene; one that sees Kenobi survive and Skywalker bound over to help his protégé defeat a group of attacking Vader and a flurry of stormtroopers in the tense Death Star showdown.

We'll never know how this turn of events was due to affect the story, but it's not a stretch to imagine that Obi-Wan would have joined Luke on his journey to Dagobah shown in The Empire Strikes Back.

Another Star Wars revelation to have been revealed via Mayhew's Twitter account includes the definitive answer on whether or not Han Solo (Harrison Ford) shot Greedo first (he did).

Last week, the trailer for the franchise's upcoming spin-off prequel dropped; you can view our shot-by-shot breakdown - including the moment eagle-eyed fans spotted .

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