A couple of years ago Star Wars Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow, best known for helming Jurassic World, left the project over “creative differences”. The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams returned and gave us The Rise of Skywalker, a film that has received much criticism for supposedly retconning Rian Johnson’s narrative decisions in The Last Jedi. Now Trevorrow’s original plot details have come to light and it sounds like his vision was much more faithful to the latter’s intentions.
According to The Playlist, Trevorrow’s Star Wars Episode IX was called Duel of the Fates.
The most recent version seems to be from after Leia star Carrie Fisher’s death in December 2019.
Allegedly, Duel of the Fates saw Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico have a much bigger role than in The Rise of Skywalker.
In the latter, The Last Jedi star had only around one minute of screen time at the Resistance base.
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While in Duel of the Fates she and Finn were to travel to Coruscant and activate a beacon at the old Jedi Temple as a rallying cry for their cause.
Finn was going to head up an army of stormtroopers who switched sides just like him, while Rey and Pole would have been on a mission elsewhere.
Perhaps, one of the biggest shocks was that Palpatine, who was absent from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi was not going to feature in Duel of the Fates except for a mention.
That also means Rey wouldn’t have been his granddaughter, but the plot would have followed Rian Johnson’s assertion in The Last Jedi that her parents were nobodies.
This makes it joint-last with The Phantom Menace on the review-aggregation website.
While only Luke’s Force ghost showed up in The Rise of Skywalker, we did hear 10 voices talking to Rey, encouraging her to defeat Palpatine.
They were Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), Luminara Unduli (Olivia D’Abo), Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), Aayla Secura (Jennifer Hale), Mace Windu (Samuel L Jackson).
Also, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor and Sir Alec Guinness), Yoda (Frank Oz), Adi Gallia (Angelique Perrin), Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze Jr) and Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson).
While the Skywalker saga is now complete, Star Wars is continuing in other forms.
There’s the Disney Plus show The Mandalorian which is available to stream in the UK from March 31 and set after Return of the Jedi.
Meanwhile, the next Star Wars movie will be announced later this month for a 2022 release.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is out now.