The shroud of secrecy still hangs over J.J. Abrams’ STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, as the director plans to conclude a saga that has been more than 40 years in the making. Naturally, Abrams likes to maintain the “mystery box” effect, essentially hiding all possible plot twists until audience members are seated in theatres, ready to enjoy the ride. But that doesn’t prevent leaks from happening, and now we have to discuss some plot possibilities.
If you want to avoid anything that might be considered a spoiler for STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, you might want to stop reading now.
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A rumor is making its way around the internet that STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER will begin with a flashback. We know, we know — the whole STAR WARS story is a flashback, taking place “a long time ago.” But this would be a scene that takes place immediately after the opening title crawl and would return to a location that sounds an awful lot like Endor.
As the rumor goes, the cameras will pan down following the title crawl to a forest location where we will see two figures training with lightsabers. One blade is blue, the other green, and the characters are wearing helmets as they train. We’re meant to wonder if one of the figures is Rey (Daisy Ridley), only, when the helmets come off, it’s Luke (Mark Hamill) and Leia (Carrie Fisher) around the time of STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI.
This wouldn’t be the first time that the STAR WARS franchise used de-aging and extensive digital techniques to bring back beloved and recognizable characters. In the prequel story ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, Carrie Fisher was de-aged to look like STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE-era Leia for the final scenes in the movie. And throughout the film, the character of Grand Moff Tarkin was digitally recreated using the likeness of the late actor Peter Cushing.
But we are curious how fans would react to a digital recreation of two of the most important characters in the series. We already have seen some fans lamenting the fact that Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford never got to share a scene together in the rejuvenated trilogy of films that started with THE FORCE AWAKENS. Could THE RISE OF SKYWALKER rectify that, with the assistance of digital technology?
Flashbacks are uncommon in the STAR WARS saga, but all bets are off for STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. The responsibility falls on J.J. Abrams to deliver a satisfying ending to the story that started back with A NEW HOPE in 1977. And if he needs to break a few tried-and-true STAR WARS rules along the way, we’re ready for it.
Look for STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER in theatres on December 20.