A fan theory has been picking up steam over the past couple of months asserts that Jar Jar Binks, one of the most despised characters in Star Wars history, was supposed to be the ultimate bad guy.

Jar Jar was a powerful Force trained antagonist who pretended to be a dumb klutz in order to hide his true powers and motives. Only after the huge backlash against the character, the theory continues, did George Lucas abandon his intended role.

While I doubt this was actually how it went down, I am choosing to believe the theory because it is orders of magnitude more interesting than the actual prequels. See the entire explanation here. It's surprisingly convincing:


Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18th (which actually means around 7pm on the 17th in movie speak). Maybe Jar Jar will rule the universe.

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