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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

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? – Darth Locke Dec 24 '18 at 15:26
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The only reliable source about the creation of the character is on Wookiepedia : http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Zam_Wesell/Legends#Behind_the_scenes

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 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. – Darth Locke Jan 1 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. – Mario Levesque Jan 2 at 9:20
  • @DarthLocke I found a concept art picture of the character : powerofcostume.si.edu/zamWeselll.html – Mario Levesque Jan 2 at 9:31

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