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Battle of Kashyyyk
The Battle of Kashyyyk is a fictional battle in the Star Wars saga, set during the end of the Clone Wars time period. It is featured in the upcoming film Revenge of the Sith, as well as the game Star Wars: Republic Commando. It takes place on the planet Kashyyyk, the homeworld of the wookiees.
A climactic battle between the technologically advanced Empire and a race of primitive hairy aliens, the wookiees, was present in George Lucas' original treatment for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. As the story changed and the trilogy structure was solidified in Lucas' mind, the battle was postponed until Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, where it developed into a battle featuring Ewoks on the moon of Endor. At the same time, the wookiees developed into a more technologically savvy, though no less hairy, species.
Lucas' original conception of the battle featured hundreds of Wookiees on screen. Due to costs, the original idea was scrapped and replaced by a battle featuring relatively few diminutive Ewoks, who do not play a very significant tactical role in the battle. A large scale battle with hundreds of characters was eventually realized in The Phantom Menace, but was not viewed as a significant battle by fans. The Battle of Kashyyyk in Revenge of the Sith will finally bring this concept to the screen.
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