The Battle of Hoth - the grandest battle of the original Star Wars trilogy. The battle features all the tension of Yavin, machines more fearsome than those in the Battle of Endor, and a vulnerability not seen in the rest of the series.
How did this epic battle sequence come to be? Take your first look at some never-before-seen concept art that shows how every shot in the desperate defense of the rebel base was planned out.
A small number storyboards used for the early conceptualization of The Empire Strikes Back reside in private collections, and the storyboards command thousands of dollars at auction. These boards and are based on the fifth draft of the script for the movie — and most of the boards here are being shown publicly for the first time.
After finalizing the shooting script of Empire Strikes Back, George Lucas commissioned a final set of storyboards, storyboards likely residing in a Lucasfilm vault behind more metal and lasers than Walt Disney's frozen head, with the final documents protected by guards from THX 1138. 1980's The Empire Strikes Back Notebook shows few of the final draft storyboards. Enjoy these early storyboards of the Battle of Hoth, presented in chronological order of the sequence.
The art in this gallery is courtesy of the collection of Guy Van Gompel, with exceptions noted.
Han Solo steps off of his tauntaun while searching for Luke Skywalker. From a private collection.
A Hobbit-like apparition of Obi-wan looms over the terrain of Hoth. From the Propstore of London.
An injured Luke Skywalker reaches out for the ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi. From the Propstore of London.
A snow speeder passes by as Han Solo finds Luke Skywalker.
A probot eyes the shield generators protecting the Rebel base on Hoth.