I was recently looking at some early McQuarrie concept art (and my 30th anniversary action figures based on them) commissioned for George Lucas' second draft, which would eventually become A New Hope.

It occurred to me that both concepts for Han Solo & Starkiller Hero featured a great deal of purple aesthetics in their overall look or clothing.

It also occurred to me that there really isn't a lot of purple aesthetic in Star Wars as it currently stands on film today with a few instances, such as a lightsaber color or Sabine Wren's helmet (and sometimes hair has purple highlights), along with two characters that sport a lot of purple, such as Admiral Holdo & bounty hunter Zam Wesell.


Zam Wesell's appearance, which comes off as more action-ready, reminds me then a great deal of both Han Solo & Starkiller Hero as they once appeared in concept and therefor I was wondering, is Zam Wesell inspired by these two early concepts from artist Ralph McQuarrie?

  • Note: Don't get me wrong, there seems to be traces of Soviet-Russian, Japanese Samurai, and maybe a twinge of Western Frontier (in the metal work on the boot) in the stylization of Zam's appearance, but I was still interested if it still was also inspired from the McQuarrie artl too? Dec 24 '18 at 15:26

The only reliable source about the creation of the character is on Wookieepedia

If a resemblance between McQuarrie's Starkiller concept art and Wesell attire occurred, it looks like it was fortuitous.

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    With regards to your two latest answers: please don't just drop a link, even if it's to a well-written page :) Admittedly a Star Wars Wikia link won't rot, but it'd be better to edit your answer so that the relevant information is right here on that SFF thread.
    – Jenayah
    Jan 1 '19 at 20:43
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    Although I appreciate your answer and suspect that Wookiepedia updates their information often and is a primary source for SW information, it is possible that not every detail of everything is there in it's entirely, such as Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie (which I unfortunately don't own) and some book like that could shed light on something like this. More and more information comes out all the time too, as new material is released. Jan 1 '19 at 21:22
  • @Jenayah : I understand. I tried for 20 minutes to formulate an answer that wouldn't look like a "copy-paste" version of the article but i finally gave up. I will do better in the future. Jan 2 '19 at 9:20
  • @DarthLocke I found a concept art picture of the character : powerofcostume.si.edu/zamWeselll.html Jan 2 '19 at 9:31

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