The name 'Starkiller' was used instead of 'Skywalker' in early drafts of the first Star Wars movie. Is the name of the base in Episode VII an homage or reference?

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Abrams himself confirmed this at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel at San Diego Comic-con 2015


Abrams: The name of the base of the First Order is, in honour of the original last name of Luke Skywalker, is Starkiller Base.

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