New leaked images from the artbook detailing the making of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has concept art which seems to suggest that the film was going to be very different from the movie we got in theatres.
The scenes are rumoured to be based on Colin Trevorrow’s early script draft, though he has denied it on his Twitter. For those unaware, Colin Trevorrow was originally supposed to helm the final chapter of the Skywalker saga before Disney decided to bring J.J Abrams back instead.
Trevorrow’s film would have been called Star Wars: Duel of Fates and it would have been nothing like Abrams’ film, which performed fairly badly in the box office, having met a lot of negative reviews on the film’s theatrical release.
For one, there would have been a different main villain in the film, the Sith Master Tor Valum. The original script, which was also leaked online, has Kylo Ren remaining on the Dark Side, haunted by the ghost of Luke Skywalker in Darth Vader’s old castle. There he would have found a holocron from Emperor Palpatine to Vader, telling him to finish his training under the Sith Master Tor Valum.
The leaked concept arts give us an idea of what Tor Valum would have looked like.
Turns out the dark Sith Master is an alien-like creature comprised of a spider-looking thing perched atop a giant monster.
Another concept art teases Rey’s staff becoming a double-sided lightsaber which was something fans have been wanting to see since Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
While other pieces of art seem to reference scenes that were shown in The Rise of Skywalker such as Kylo Ren confronting an imprisoned Chewbacca and Dark Rey.
Though it is exciting to think that Star Wars fans could have gotten an entirely different movie, it is difficult to say if it would have been any better than the actual movie we got.