The Mandalorian Season 3’s Coruscant Is What George Lucas Had Planned Since 1995

The Mandalorian season 3 brought audiences back to the city-planet of Coruscant, conceptualized for Return of the Jedi and later brought to life in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Despite being the capital of both the Galactic Republic and the Empire, Coruscant hasn’t been explored nearly as much as it was originally supposed to be. With a sparkling city resting atop thousands of sleazy levels built from the surface, Coruscant is host to galactic denizens of all kinds.

Star Wars returned to Coruscant for the first time in the New Republic Era in The Mandalorian season 3, episode 3 “The Convert.” The episode saw the return of Dr. Pershing, who had gone through the New Republic’s amnesty program and was living in the housing provided on Coruscant. Many aspects of the planet were brought back from the prequels, including the Opera House from Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith and the air taxis used in the prequel films. These inclusions immediately made the world recognizable, allowing for the creative team to explore areas designed decades ago.

Coruscant May Have Been Important In The Prequels – But Lucas Had So Much More

Coruscant Opera House from The Mandalorian

It was revealed in Disney Gallery: The Making of the Mandalorian Season 3 that in 1995, George Lucas had sketches drawn of much more of Coruscant than what was ultimately seen in the prequel trilogy. In fact, production designer Doug Chiang said that he and Lucas had designed the majority of the planet. While the lower levels of Coruscant have been explored a bit more extensively in the animated shows Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: The Bad Batch, it still has not incorporated all of the ideas Lucas originally had for the planet.

It was explained in The Making of The Mandalorian Season 3 that seven settings needed to be developed for the show’s latest run, including Coruscant. Even though Chiang had access to Lucas’ designs for Coruscant, the planet is so big he and his team had to select and develop only certain parts of that. Additionally, settings like Amnesty Housing wouldn’t have been included in those sketches, as Lucas likely only drew the planet with the prequels in mind. In this way, designers for The Mandalorian not only had to adopt what Lucas had created, but alter or add to it to create the settings necessary for the episode.

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The Mandalorian Season 3 Recreated Iconic George Lucas Ideas

Coruscant's opera house in The Mandalorian season 3, episode 3

Rather than focusing on well-known places like the Senate or the Jedi Temple, The Mandalorian season 3 mostly chose to delve further into the everyday streets of Coruscant. However, Dr. Pershing is first seen giving a speech at the Coruscant Opera House, a set that was redesigned from Revenge of the Sith‘s iconic sequence between Anakin Skywalker and Palpatine. Director Lee Isaac Chung even went as far as to place the cameras in the same general angles as they were in Revenge of the Sith so audiences would recognize the familiarity of the setting better.

While Coruscant wasn’t a major setting throughout the entire season of The Mandalorian, it was critical in telling the end of Dr. Pershing’s story. Using the services of production designers like Chiang to help bring Coruscant back to life was a necessity, as audiences got to see new parts of the planet from someone who had helped Lucas originally create it. There’s every chance Coruscant returns in future seasons of The Mandalorian, where it can be further explored by characters like Din Djarin or Carson Teva.

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