“Star Wars prequels we all wanted but never got”: Timothée Chalamet’s Arc in ‘Dune’ Shows Where George Lucas Went Wrong With His Prequel Trilogy

Paul Atreides' descent into evil is better that Anakin Skywalker's for one reason.

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SUMMARY

  • When George Lucas was creating the world of Star Wars, he very famously took inspiration from Frank Herbert's Dune series.
  • This influence in visible in the character of Anakin Skywalker, who has an arc similar to Paul Atreides.
  • However, there are some very evident differences that make one's story better than the other.
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It has become common knowledge that a vast majority of the Star Wars franchise was inspired by Frank Herbert’s Dune series. Both have noticeable similarities, and the influence is not surprising considering just how many have had a similar relationship with the classic book series. One of the most evident resemblances between the two stories is the characters of Paul Atreides and Anakin Skywalker.

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Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides in Dune (2021), directed by Denis Villeneuve | Warner Bros. Pictures
Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides in Dune (2021) | Warner Bros. Pictures

Their beginnings as heroes and their deaths, reminiscent of antagonists, will forever be heartbreaking. However, there is no denying that one of these stories executed their corruption better than the other. Even though George Lucas was inspired by Herbert’s work, he was unable to outdo the original.

Easy is the Descent to Hell

One of the most intriguing progressions in a story is the corruption of good. When a character who started out as a hero turns into something horrid, all to fulfill their great purpose. Committing atrocities in the name of a good that is more stained in blood than their own hands. Two of the perfect examples of such characters would be Paul Atreides and Anakin Skywalker.

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However, there is a stark difference between the original story and the one that drew inspiration from it. Although Anakin’s descent into evil has been regarded as one of the greatest progressions of all time, some have had certain complaints over the years.

While there is no denying that his story was one of the most tragic parts of the franchise, many have found his motivations to fall into the dark side to be inadequate and uninspired. His motivations could have been handled much better considering all that he went through, and the fact that the series was inspired by the Dune books.

Paul Atreides Vs. Anakin Skywalker

One fan spoke along the same lines on Reddit under the username adogg4629, stating that the two Dune films managed to deliver exactly what fans had been wanting from the prequel trilogy.

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Paul Atreides’ story progression was what inspired George Lucas to write a character like Anakin Skywalker. However, there is no denying that one corruption arc is better than the other between these two. Where Anakin feels more sudden and jarring when it comes to turning evil and knowing what he is doing, Paul, throughout all of his executions, believes them to be for the greater good.

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Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker I Lucasfilm

He wanted to continue his father’s legacy, avenge those who wronged his family, and take on the role of the Lisan al Gaib. However, in the pursuit of these roles, he forgot his own morality, and lines began to blur. He does awful things for the ‘greater good’ and does good things with the wrong intentions.

Timothée Chalamet as Atreides in Villeneuve's saga.
Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides I Warner Bros.

While Anakin’s story is excellent, it does not carry a similar essence. His fears, insecurities, and hunger for power turn him into someone unrecognizable. Where Paul’s intentions and actions are driven by honor and vengeance, Anakin’s seem simpler in comparison.

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Despite this, there is no denying that both of the arcs worked in their own way. Paul needed to be an antihero to fulfill the vision Frank Herbert had for the story. At the same time, Anakin had to have a clear allegiance to the dark side so that the information that he was Luke Skywalker’s father would hit harder.

Where one failed the audience’s hopes for him, the other was failed by the world around him.

Watch Dune on Max, and Star Wars movies on Disney+.

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A poet and art enthusiast, Ananya Godboley is a striving academic who is pursuing a career in Criminal Psychology, currently doing an undergrad degree in Psychology. Passionate about History, Philosophy and Literature, she loves to learn about new and interesting subjects. A writer for FandomWire with over 1000 published articles, she adores all things superhero and Taylor Swift.