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STAR WARS: Colin Trevorrow's EPISODE IX Script - DUAL OF THE FATES - Has Leaked, And It's Awesome

Colin Trevorrow was the original writer and director of Episode IX before "creative differences" put an end to that. Well, we now have details from his script, and it's better than The Rise of Skywalker!

Late last night, details emerged regarding the first draft of Colin Trevorrow's Star Wars: Episode IX screenplay. Initially, it was dismissed as more fan-fiction, but reliable outlets have since confirmed its validity and we know have a much better idea of how things would have played out before the filmmaker was replaced by the creative team of Chris Terrio and J.J. Abrams.

Those two weren't kidding when they recently claimed that The Rise of Skywalker has nothing in common with what Trevorrow was planning, as this movie would have been a very different - and arguably much better - finale to the Skywalker Saga.

In this article, we're breaking down everything that's been revealed about Trevorrow's screenplay, from the opening crawl to the closing moments (it's worth noting that this draft was completed shortly before Carrie Fisher's death, so Leia's involvement in the story would have changed even if the director hadn't parted ways with Lucasfilm over "creative differences").

To check out this recap of the original Episode IX, all you need to do is hit the "View List" button below!

The Title And Opening Crawl

Colin Trevorrow's Episode IX would have been titled Dual of the Fates, and that's obviously a reference to the iconic piece of music that played over the battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace.

The opening crawl, meanwhile, reads as follows:

The iron grip of the FIRST ORDER has spread to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. Only a few scattered planets remain unoccupied. Traitorous acts are punishable by death.
Determined to suffocate a growing unrest, Supreme Leader KYLO REN has silenced all communication between neighboring systems.
Led by GENERAL LEIA ORGANA, the Resistance has planned a secret mission to prevent their annihilation and forge a path to freedom...

A Daring Mission

The action would have kicked off at the Kuat Shipyards where Rose Tico and BB-8 were attempting to infiltrate one of the First Order's ship factories. Finn and Poe also would have been present, and their plan involved destroying the power shaft which supplies raw ore to the factory from the orbital ring below the Moon they're on.

Unfortunately, things go wrong and the First Order is able to contain the blast. A character named Admiral Vaughn dismisses the Resistance's tactics as "pitiful," but the tide soon turns.

Rey's New Weapon

Disguised as a Tusken Raider, Rey reveals her new weapon, a double bladed lightsaber which is a hybrid of her staff and Luke Skywalker's blade (the one destroyed in The Last Jedi).

A battle ensues and our heroes manage to escape with a Star Destroyer! It's then that the Knife 9, a ship carrying the Knights of Ren, arrives and one of them kills the Admiral for his failure.

Return To Coruscant

The once vibrant city now looks very different and the planet has become a stronghold for the First Order. General Hux has become Chancellor Hux and the traitor who helped the Resistance steal that Star Destroyer is executed before him.

He then meets with other members of the First order and a variety of alien warlords who are all too aware that there's a "last Jedi." This council demands to know the location of Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, but all Hux knows is that he's searching for something of great power that will help them.

A Haunted Kylo Ren On Mustafar

Kylo Ren, who now has stubble, is alone on Mustafar (except for a droid that's said to be similar to Darth Maul in appearance) and haunted by the Force Ghost of his uncle, Luke Skywalker.

They argue back and forth about Ren's path leading him to little more than an empty tomb, but the villain vows to become more powerful than any Jedi. It's then that he finds a Sith Holocron which reveals a message from Emperor Palpatine. It was meant for Darth Vader as a contingency in case Luke killed him. Vader was to take Luke to see Tor Valum, a Sith Master and Palpatine's teacher.

After the Holocron scans Kylo, it releases red lightning and explodes, burning his face.

Rey Still Wants To Save Kylo Ren

Back at the Resistance base, everyone is shocked to see a Star Destroyer land on the planet, and there's reportedly a funny moment with Rey using a Jedi mind trick on officers who were still on board.

Talking to Finn, she admits that she's not sure she has what it takes to be a Jedi, especially when so many people have such high expectations of her. Talk turns to Kylo Ren and she's unable to explain their connection after telling Finn about her nightmares. He believes that Rey should shut him out as he can't change, but the Jedi reminds him that Finn is proof it's never too late to change.

A Plan Starts To Form

The Star Destroyer could help turn the tide for the Resistance as it still has most of its weapons...they just need an army to use it! Rey, meanwhile, has been studying the Jedi texts from Ahch-To and discovers that there's a communications system called a Force Beacon beneath the Jedi Temple in Coruscant that could be used to reach out to allies across the Galaxy.

The kicker is that the First Order will be powerless to stop it as it predates even Empire technology.

Rey Gets Angry

Luke also appears as a Force Ghost to Rey and just as he's pushing Kylo Ren to embrace Ben Solo, he's pushing Rey to get stronger. Kylo, meanwhile, has had smelted Mandalorian armour applied to his face (we're not entirely sure what that means for his appearance) and proceeds to belittle Hux before ordering him to deal with the Resistance while he takes care of Rey.

Rey asks Luke what it means for there to be balance in the force, as "The dark suffocates the light, light extinguishes the dark. Over and over and over again." She's clearly doubting herself and Luke can sense that she's angry; their exchange boils down to him trying to convince her to remain on the path she's on and not give up on the Force or becoming a Jedi.

The Story Takes Shape

One team (Rose, Finn, R2-D2, and C-3PO) head to Coruscant to light the beacon, while another (Rey, Poe, and Chewbacca) are heading to a planet where Rey is looking for someone to help her figure out what she should do (that's as specific as this description gets, unfortunately).

Before Rey leaves, she tells Leia - who remains at the base overseeing the Resistance - that she believes there's still good in Kylo Ren, something even his mother doubts. All Leia wants Rey to know is that her story is her own and that she shouldn't let anyone tell here what to become.

Vader's Mask Is Destroyed

Kylo Ren fully seems to be embracing the Dark Side at this point, taking Darth Vader's mask and saying he finally understands him now: "You allowed love to cloud your judgement."

He proceeds to take his grandfather's helmet and throws it from a balcony, shattering it.

War Is Waged In The Galaxy

Things start to get a little vague at this point, but the First Order tracks down its stolen Star Destroyer and the Resistance is forced to go on the run. That first team manages to turn on the beacon in the Jedi Temple and we then see people around the Galaxy receiving the signal (including Bossk).

The second team, meanwhile, is being pursued by the Knights of Ren to a planet called Bonadan.

Kylo Ren Meets Tor Valum

Kylo Ren arrives on Remincore and comes face to face with Tor Valum. He's an alien of unknown origin who is 7000 years old and reportedly very "Lovecraftian" in appearance. Kylo begins training with him and in a throwback to Empire Strikes Back's cave scene, Ren comes face to face with Darth Vader and loses what is described as a brutal battle between them.

Poe, meanwhile, has taken Rey to a Seer who is able to pull information from her memories, including a star chart of some sort from her visions with Kylo Ren. The Knights then show up and a lightsaber battle ensues which Rey is ultimately victorious in (even in this version, it seems their role was minimal).

Pieces Start Falling Into Place

Eventually, Rey and Kylo Ren arrive on Mortis, while Leia recruits Lando to organise the smugglers and take the fight to the First Order. Rose (who reportedly had a much larger role in this film) is captured and tortured by the villains but makes her escape and rejoins her friends.

Finn, alongside R2 and Threepio, manages to start a citizens uprising on the ground on Coruscant.

The Final Battle Begins

Leia brings her forces to Coruscant for a final battle with the First Order and fights ensue both on the ground and in the sky. Chewbacca ends up flying an X-Wing, which would have been awesome to see (we don't know why he's not piloting the Millennium Falcon at this point, though).

While that's happening, Rey and Kylo battle on Mortis, using Force energy to pull from one another.

During the fight, Ren reveals that he killed Rey's parents at the behest of Supreme Leader Snoke, before the Force Ghosts of Luke, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Yoda ultimately appear to try and save Ben but are unsuccessful and he's ultimately "extinguished." We don't know exactly how he dies or what happens to that ancient Sith, but there were clearly no plans for the villain to find any redemption.

The End Of The Skywalker Saga

The only other details provided are that the Resistance ultimately win the day, and Harrison Ford still would have made a cameo appearance as Han Solo in order to confront his son.

Hopefully, more details will be revealed soon, but it definitely sounds like it would have been better than The Rise of Skywalker in many ways - and perhaps not as good in a few others...

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STAR WARS: New Details About Colin Trevorrow's Final Draft Reveal A New Villain And More Big Changes

We brought you a breakdown of Colin Trevorrow's Duel of the Fates yesterday but we now have details on the final draft and that differs in a lot of ways, including bringing in a new, female villain...

Yesterday, details about Colin Trevorrow's plans for Star Wars: Duel of the Fates found their way online and we brought you in-depth recaps of both that and the final act.

Now, though, we have intel from a later draft and there are a number of key changes. Those include catering for the tragic death of Carrie Fisher and a new villain so that Kylo Ren wasn't a full-blown villain and was instead a more sympathetic character who did ultimately find some redemption.

We've decided to focus mostly on the changes here so you should definitely go back and read those previous recaps to fill in some of the gaps by following the links at the top of this post.

Trevorrow and Derek Connolly definitely had some unique ideas for the Skywalker Saga finale and it's easy to see which ideas J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio lifted for The Rise of Skywalker.

To check out this latest breakdown, all you guys need to do is click the "View List" button below!

Rey's "Boomerang" Lightsaber

The opening of the movie is very much the same but the Resistance can no longer communicate with the rest of the Galaxy as the First Order has found a way to block their transmissions.

The plan is still to attack the the planet - likely Coruscant - which the villains use as their base but it's now "the Jedi Spire of Osis" that Rey needs to reach in order to send out a message to the rest of the Galaxy rather than the old Jedi Temple. Kylo Ren, meanwhile, is on a mission to kill Rey so that he can finally fully embrace the Dark Side.

Talking of Rey, she's created her own double-sided lightsaber which "works like a boomerang."

The Knights Of Ren Get Names...And A Sinister Rival To Kylo Ren

The Knights of Ren board a ship called the "Knife 9" in this version of the movie and the biggest difference is that they also get names and personalities! One of them is revealed to be a woman who, like Darth Maul, is from Dathomir.

With Kylo Ren off on his own mission, she's in charge and even General Hux reports to her. Why is this important? Well, we'll get to that later in this post but she doubts Kylo's ability to usher in a new era of darkness for her and this group.

C-3PO Is Going...Senile?!

We don't currently have a lot of details on this point but in Trevorrow's version of Episode IX, C-3PO would have begun "showing his age." Whether that means physically or mentally isn't clear but this subplot being used for comedic effect seems likely and Threepio is always good for some laughs.

Kylo Ren's New Mission

In this version of the movie, Kylo Ren wasn't going to track down an ancient Sith Master and would have instead just been trying to find that tomb with a weapon which would ensure his victory.

However, rather than a hologram of Emperor Palpatine, it would have been Darth Plagueis and upon watching his message, the Supreme Leader's face would have once again been left scarred after being hit with red Force lighting due to the fact he isn't a true Sith/entirely one with the Dark Side.

On the verge of death, Kylo would have been saved by some of the planet's locals and been moved by their selflessness, a sign that this version would have been on the path to redemption.

General Leia's Death

The previous Duel of the Fates draft was turned in a week before Carrie Fisher's death so some changes obviously had to be made for this version. In this screenplay, the Resistance would have had to flee from the First Order and Leia would have been badly injured in the melee.

She gives Rey one last message before dying and fading into the Force, while an enraged Kylo Ren also feels his mother's death but is calmed by the aliens who have nursed him back to health.

The Millennium Falcon Crashes

Pursued by the Knights of Ren, Poe Dameron pushes the Millennium Falcon too hard as they try to make their escape and it crashes into a frozen ocean. The ship begins to sink and after Rey uses her lightsaber to save them from drowning, she swims back to retrieve the ancient Jedi texts from inside.

Kylo Ren's New Mask

Kylo Ren is in a bad way and seemingly relying on droids to keep him alive after being badly burned and scarred by that Force lightning. Sollony notices that he's found the Sith Holocron they were looking for and points out that he now needs to sever his connections with both Luke Skywalker and Rey in order to clear his path to the Dark Side.

Donning "a new, more savage" mask which is said to be similar in appearance to Darth Vader, Ren now knows what he must do.

Finn Meets A Fellow Stormtrooper

Finn's subplot remains largely unchanged but he does come to blows with a First Order Stormtrooper whose helmet falls off as they fight. He tells him to remember his past before being taken by the First Order and tells him to get a name and a cause that's actually worth fighting for.

He later takes the name "Rafe" and joins our heroes during the movie's final battle.

There's also a throwback to Rian Johnson introducing those Force Sensitive children at the end of The Last Jedi as a kid is shown with a Rey doll, clearly inspired by the reputation she's gained in the Galaxy.

Purple Lightning

Much of the movie deals with Rey coming to terms with some of her darker impulses and anger about her past, something that comes to a head when she battles the Knights of Ren.

In a moment of pure rage, she kills one of them with purple lightning that explodes from her fingertips. Rey makes Poe and Chewie leave her so she can tackle what comes next alone.

Rey Goes Full Jedi

Deciding that she needs to face Kylo Ren and end this, Rey goes full on Jedi (with a robe and everything). Luke warns her that he can feel her anger building and reveals that the Knights of Ren are indeed some of his former students who Supreme Leader Snoke and Kylo Ren managed to turn to the Dark Side.

They're both heading for the Spire that can be used to send out a message to the Galaxy and it's there that Kylo seems to believe he will find a weapon capable of ending the Resistance for good.

Lando Calrissian Returns

This time, it's Poe and Chewbacca who track down Lando and it's revealed that the former captain of the Millennium Falcon once flew with Poe's mother (something we've seen in Marvel's tie-in comics). Lando refuses to help the Resistance in this draft too and Poe leaves by telling him that when his mom always said about him was right.

Clearly, that strikes a chord with Lando because just as things are looking bleak for the Resistance during the final battle, he returns with thousands of ships in toe.

Kylo Ren Vs. Rey

It's the big Kylo Ren vs. Rey battle but there's no vampire-like Force powers this time. He is still blamed for murdering her parents but it sounds like it was actually Snoke in this version.

While this is happening, Sollony finally gets her hands on the Sith Holocron and unleashes the "Dark Power" within. Unlike Kylo Ren, it doesn't hurt her because she's fully embraced the Dark.

Sollony Strikes

Rey has a chance to kill Kylo but chooses to forgive him and pleads with the Supreme Leader to bring Ben Solo back. Before he can reply, Sollony grabs him and she's now too powerful for them both.

Kylo saves her from being crushed by rubble and she splits her double-sided lightsaber with him so they can fight this Knight of Ren. Kylo sacrifices himself by taking a blow that was meant for Rey and she unleashes her own Dark Side in a bid to finish the powered up Knight once and for all.

After sharing a look of love, Kylo dies in Rey's arms but reveals her name: Rey Solana.

Rey's Message

Despite being "almost dead," Rey climbs the Jedi spire and manages to send a message out to the Galaxy. Revealing her full name, she tells them that hope is not lost.

It's at this point in the screenplay that Rey is healed by those Force Ghosts we mentioned in our last breakdown and with the Dark Side defeated, the Light again rises.

The End

During the closing few minutes, Chewbacca finally gets a medal while everyone wonders whether Rey really has gone. Finn is reading a story to a group of young kids and they ask him that very question; he says that he believes that she's alive because of the Force (a hint, perhaps, that he's also Force sensitive).

Lando has a moment with Threepio as R2-D2 comes back online and it's him who gets to see their memories whereas it was Leia in the earlier version of the screenplay.

Poe and Chewie find a beacon on a planet that may lead them to Rey while we watch the Jedi pull the Millennium Falcon out of the ocean before turning around to teach kids in her own Jedi school.

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STAR WARS: DUEL OF THE FATES Leaked Concept Art Shows Kylo Ren's New Mask, Darth Vader's Return, And More

Colin Trevorrow recently confirmed that leaked concept art for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker wasn't from his movie, but this batch most certainly is! You need to check this out, and can do so here...

Last week, Star Wars fans were treated to a huge wave of leaks, as we got breakdowns of both an early and final draft of Colin Trevorrow's Star Wars: Episode IX (titled Duel of the Fates rather than The Rise of Skywalker). That was followed by some concept art which the filmmaker later confirmed was from J.J. Abrams' movie rather than his own.

Well, we now have some hi-res artwork which is from Trevorrow's version of the final chapter in the Skywalker Saga. Among the reveals here are Rey's double-bladed lightsaber, a glimpse at Kylo Ren's new mask, Ben Solo's battle with his grandfather Darth Vader, and a first look at the monstrous Sith teacher Tor Valum. Honestly, though, that barely scratches the surface!

It's said that even more artwork from Duel of the Fates could find its way online in the weeks to come, as someone, somewhere clearly wants fans of the franchise to see what might have been before Abrams and writer Chris Terrio decided to go back to the drawing board and deliver a completely different movie.

To check out this newly leaked concept art - along with the previously revealed artwork from The Rise of Skywalker in case you missed it last week - hit the "View List" button below!

Luke's Force Ghost would have continued to train Rey in this version of the movie, and they can be seen here on a planet called Koralev. This arguably makes much more sense than him leaving Leia to pick up the slack in his absence.

Using her newfound double-bladed lightsaber, Rey has taken the fight to the First Order's Stormtroopers aboard a Star Destroyer, but it definitely looks like she might be giving into some of her darker impulses based on how she's dressed!

It appears as if Captain Phasma was going to be included in Colin Trevorrow's Episode IX before Rian Johnson killed her off in The Last Jedi, and she's shown here executing Resistance traitor Bisc Kova on Coruscant as the masses look on.

The Millennium Falcon flies to a planet called Bonadan where Poe Dameron would have reportedly led the crew to his grandfather (what role he would have played isn't made clear).

We've been hearing a lot about the Knife-9, a ship which would have been piloted by the Knights of Ren. Well, here it is in all its glory as it chases down Poe and Rey as they pilot a Razer Sail through Bonadan waters.

Kylo Ren was going to seek out an ancient Sith master who taught Emperor Palpatine much of what he knew, and his name was Tor Valum. Well, here he is, and it's fair to say that he would have been a terrifying sight to behold.

Kylo Ren battles Darth Vader in this scene which was meant to be similar to the cave sequence in The Empire Stikes Back. After being scarred earlier in the movie, Ren was going to create a new mask using Mandalorian armour which we catch a glimpse of here.

The once proud city of Coruscant is now the stronghold for The First Order, and it makes perfect sense that they would set up shop there based on how Emperor Palpatine once used the capital as his home.

The driving force of Trevorrow's movie would have been the Resistance attempting to send out a beacon to the rest of the Galaxy, with a message from Leia rallying them to their cause to help them stop the First Order. Here, we see them trying to send it.

R2-D2 and C-3PO roam the streets of Coruscant and it's clear that the city has fallen into ruin thanks to the First Order. In fact, it's pretty much unrecognisable compared to the version we saw in George Lucas' prequels.

Finn was once going to lead a rebellion on Coruscant, giving him a vastly more satisfying story arc as a result. Here, we get to see him take the fight to the First Order, ending them once and for all with the help of those living in the city.

After Rey tracks Kylo Ren to Mortis, she comes face to face with a massive creature and no doubt makes good use of her new double bladed lightsaber (her original staff has been combined with the remains of Luke Skywalker's original blade).

Those living on Coruscant have taken refuge beneath the old Jedi Temple and the city's streets. Using old Empire weapons, they've created an army of old AT-STs in order to try and take their home back from the First Order.

And here they are in action! It looks like the citizens of Coruscant have actually donned old Imperial Stormtrooper armour, which does make sense as it offers them some protection against the onslaught to come from the First Order.

A battle like this would have been amazing to behold, and it's been said that Finn waving that flag would have been a huge character moment for him and likely quite a bit more exciting than him wanting to tell Rey something but never doing so.

R2-D2 was going to be destroyed during the final battle, and here we see an emotional Threepio bidding farewell to his oldest friend (don't worry, though, he would have been restored and brought back to life right at the end of the movie).

Look closely at Kylo Ren here and we get our best look yet at the new mask he would have worn to cover his face after it was left horribly scarred by an ancient Sith weapon, which wouldn't have granted him access to its secrets due to him being so conflicted.

This is downright epic! As Luke appeared in front of his nephew, he would have used the Force to grab Kylo Ren's lightsaber blade in what would have no doubt been a powerful moment on screen.

Upon realising that the First Order were fighting a losing battle, General Hux took the coward's way out and used one of the lightsabers in his collection (it would have been purple in the movie) to commit seppuku.

This was clearly meant to pay homage to A New Hope, as Leia would have recorded a message to send out to the wider Galaxy in order to let them know that they could rise up and help the Resistance end the First Order once and for all.

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A closer look at Rey managed to avoid being taken out by Kylo Ren's TIE Fighter, it's hard to imagine what the villain was going for here unless he was trying to test the Jedi (remember that he was trying to recruit her to take down the Emperor).

The Pasaana speeder chase was thrilling to say the least and these alternate designs show just Rey, Chewbacca, and BB-8 attempting to outrun the First Order without Poe Dameron and Finn in toe.


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This sequence made it into the final cut of the film and it's actually surprising seeing just how close to the final version this was as our heroes explored the caves under Pasaana.

It looks like one of the ideas which was explored during pre-production was for Kylo Ren to walk out of his TIE Fighter while surrounded by those colourful clouds of smoke BB-8 had unleashed.

Rey can be seen using her lightsaber underwater here and this sequence is also from Trevorrow's version of the film as the Millennium Falcon was once going to crash into icy water.

These storyboards show more takes on a battle between Rey and Kylo Ren but the version that ended up in the finished product was arguably pretty damn great as they fought on top of the Death Star's remains.

Is Kylo Ren walking on air or have we just caught the villain mid-jump? Either way, it looks like a pretty different type of setting for the battle between the movie's two leads.

As the ocean roars around them, Kylo and Rey engage in a fight to the death. It's an incredible piece of imagery and one that definitely translated well to the big screen.

This looks like the Jedi Temple on Coruscant but are those creatures anything like the Loth-wolves we saw in Star Wars Rebels? They clearly have it out for Kylo Ren anyway!

While Trevorrow's screenplay would have seen Coruscant's poor and disenfranchised making a home out of the Jedi Temple, it seems it was abandoned in the version where Kylo would have gone there to explore it.

It's great to see Kylo seemingly mulling over his future as he stands on the remains of the Empire's one-time planet killer and not all that different to the shot of Leia looking at the Millennium Falcon.

Here, we see the Emperor's secret Sith fleet rising from the ground to try and take over the Galaxy once and for all. His Final Order was made up of the children of those hooded worshippers in that temple during the final battle.

As Rey and Kylo battle within the shattered remains of the Death Star, a wave hits the decks below and seemingly brings an old TIE Fighter with it in the process.

Are we the only ones who don't remember seeing these TIE Fighters in The Rise of Skywalker? Despite that, you'll find them on merchandise, including some LEGO sets.

A closer look at one of Palpatine's new Star Destroyers, the red colouring gives them a fresh look at one which obviously ties into the new, red Sith Troopers who ultimately played only a very minor role in proceedings.

Are those the Knights of Ren or Sith worshippers who are dancing around the flames behind Kylo Ren? It's hard to say for sure but the villain can be seen wearing the reforged version of his helmet so this was clearly made for The Rise of Skywalker.

Kijimi played only a very minor role in The Rise of Skywalker before being destroyed by the Final Order. We still don't know how exactly Zorii Bliss conveniently escaped the planet in time.

She may have had a change of heart and decided to join the Resistance, of course, but that certainly came around quickly and was pretty good timing considering what happened next.

Chewbacca can be seen here being taken into custody by the First Order and this likely would have been how he ended up in the clutches of Kylo Ren (more on that later).

It actually looks like Rey was going to explore the underwater remains of the Death Star at some point, an idea that was first suggested during production on The Force Awakens.

That's clearly Rey looking at the water outside but who is that behind her? It doesn't look like Kylo Ren so perhaps there were different plans for this sequence on the Death Star once upon a time.

These shots definitely bring back memories of Rey's time as a scavenger on Jakku but that was obviously the point as her story arc came full circle in The Rise of Skywalker.

It's a great shame that something like this didn't make it into the final cut of The Rise of Skywalker as Kylo addressing his new Sith Troopers or just walking through them would have shown just how powerful the Emperor's army was.

The creatures those former First Order Stormtroopers rode into battle on looked like regular horses with a few prosthetics applied but these versions were clearly quite a bit more alien in nature.

The Sith Troopers arrive ready to cut down the Resistance in their tracks and it's a shame that these members of the Final Order ultimately weren't any more than just background players in the film.

Once again, we see Rey travelling underwater to retrieve that Wayfinder and this definitely would have made for an action sequence unlike any we've really seen in a Star Wars movie before now.

Rey's exploration of the Death Star didn't reveal as many Easter Eggs as fans may have hoped but it was definitely fun to explore the remains of Emperor Palpatine's Throne Room.

This awesome piece of concept art shows the moment Kylo Ren confronted Rey shortly before she used the Force to jump into the Millennium Falcon and leave the villain behind.

This eclipse makes for a very interesting piece of imagery and might have tied into Palpatine's return as the Dark Side of the Force once again started taking over the Galaxy.

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There's no denying that the Sith Troopers looked cool and the decision to give them red armour was a clever way of linking them to the guards who once kept watch over the Emperor.

The flashback to Luke training Leia was brief but awesome and here we get to see an expanded version of that as the brother and sister engage in a lightsaber duel.

Rey and Kylo Ren didn't engage in a lightsaber battle during this meeting aboard the Star Destroyer but that was clearly the plan once upon a time and it could have made for a fun sequence.

As Rey burned Kylo's TIE Fighter so that she too would be trapped on Ahch-To, the Jedi Knight appeared before her and inspired the hero to do what was right and put an end to the Dark Side once and for all.

Aside from his new helmet, Kylo didn't really get a new look in The Rise of Skywalker but Lucasfilm clearly considered giving the villain a haircut and it's surprising just how much of a difference that makes.

Wielding the lightsaber which once belonged to Anakin Skywalker, it's hard to say whether Rey has fully embraced the Light or Dark here but she definitely looks pretty damn cool.

How amazing would this have been? Kylo must have had a relationship with Chewbacca as a child but that's not something these movies ever explored and, after what happened to Han Solo, a sequence like this would have been amazing.

Rey's training to become a Jedi was going to be a lot more intense once upon a time and that double-bladed lightsaber is indeed the version from Trevorrow's screenplay for Episode IX.

Dark Side Rey wields two lightsabers here and this version of the character is arguably a lot cooler than the fanged take which made it into that all too brief vision in The Rise of Skywalker.

This is more in line with what we saw in the final cut of the movie but there's no sign of the weird, double-bladed lightsaber which she ended up spinning around in The Rise of Skywalker.

Yes, the Oracale does indeed seem to be a creature sitting atop a giant baby's head and, honestly, we would have loved to see how all this was going to be explained in the movie itself!

A fight ensues in the Death Star's Throne Room and the stakes couldn't be higher as these two go to war with each other. It's just a shame we didn't get to see more of what the Emperor was hiding in there!

We're not sure where this is meant to be but Kylo Ren cutting his way through to Rey makes for a great visual and this was likely on board his Star Destroyer or the remains of the Millennium Falcon.

During that aforementioned battle in the hangar, it seems like the plan was for Kylo Ren to get the upper hand and that likely would have preceded the hero making her escape on the Falcon.

This artwork seemingly shows the moment Kylo was about to be confronted by the memory of his father, Han Solo, as the setting appears to be almost identical to that scene from the film.

They can fly now? Indeed, and this piece of artwork offers an early look at how this exciting chase on Pasaana was brought to life during the pre-production stages.

Some slightly different takes on Rey's costume, it's clear that Lucasfilm wanted to change her appearance to some extent and that hood paying homage to Leia obviously made it into the final cut.

Yeah, this is just getting weird now...

This take on the Oracle certainly fits in more with what you'd expect from a Dark Side user and it looks like Kylo may have found this creature on the ruins of Mustafar.

Pasaana was an extremely colourful location but it's interesting that D-O was also included in this sequence seeing as the heroes didn't find him until quite a bit later.

Leia took over Rey's training following Luke's demise in The Last Jedi and that begs the question of why she didn't do that from the start rather than sending her after her brother (who clearly didn't want to be found).

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This shows the moment Rey used her Force powers to heal that creature beneath Pasaana, an ability which was shown the same week in an episode of The Mandalorian on Disney+.

Rey has become extremely capable since we last saw her but she's clearly still not a full-fledged Jedi but it does feel like she's earned that "Skywalker" name by the time all is said and done.

Rey bids farewell to Leia but is given Luke's lightsaber to take with her. Even using that old footage, Abrams did a good job of making sure this had at least some emotional weight behind it.

Look closely at these storyboards and you'll notice that Kylo seems to be fighting his weigh through the remains of Darth Vader's castle an Mustafar, a location only Rogue One has really bothered to delve into.

Here, though, Kylo is joined by his fellow Knights, a group of characters who were something of a non-factor in the final version of the movie given their limited screentime.

Seeing Kylo tear his way through these aliens was awesome and it's a shame we didn't get to see more of the Supreme Leader embracing the Dark Side of the Force here.

This is definitely intriguing. As you can see, Kylo Ren is joined by some First Order officers and Stormtroopers but what are they looking for in this desolate wasteland?

The Rise of Skywalker never really bothered to explore what it meant for Kylo to be the new Supreme Leader of the First Order but that's just one of many things from The Last Jedi that this movie overlooked.

There must have been plans for the Knights of Ren to play a much bigger role in proceedings once upon a time as it looks like they were going to join Kylo on most of his journey.

The Final Order Star Destroyers looked like regular Star Destroyers with a bit of red on them but these were quite a bit different and a complete redesign of the iconic spaceship.

A clear homage to the meeting between Darth Vader and the Imperials in A New Hope, a sequence like this did make it into the final cut but didn't look anywhere near as unique.

More takes on Chewbacca's capture at the hands of Kylo Ren, it appears as if the Supreme Leader was even going to torture his father's best friend at one point!

Darth Vader's helmet remained close to Kylo Ren throughout The Rise of Skywalker but he soon learned that it wasn't his grandfather he had been communicating with but Emperor Palpatine instead.

This is a downright amazing piece of imagery and one which would have been phenomenal to see on the big screen. As it stands, though, the finished sequence looked pretty good.

Kylo Ren wasn't always going to find redemption in this finale to the Skywalker Saga but that did become the case in a later version of Colin Trevorrow's screenplay and then in Chris Terrio and J.J. Abrams' take.

Lucasfilm used some clever camera tricks and CGI to give Carrie Fisher's General Leia new looks in The Rise of Skywalker using footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Poe with a beard? That certainly would have been a good look for the Resistance hero as would those different pilot uniforms showing that the Resistance no longer has access to the equipment they once did.

These alternate designs for Finn's costume in The Rise of Skywalker make him look quite a bit more visally distinctive and that yellow jacket certainly would have helped him stand out from the crowd.

Concept art via Reddit.

This was more than likely a vision showing what would become of Rey if she were to join Kylo Ren but the villain sitting atop that floating throne certainly makes for a unique piece of imagery.

In Colin Trevorrow's version of Episode IX, Coruscant and the Jedi Temple were set to factor into proceedings in a big way and here we see Kylo Ren heading for that ancient location.

It appears as if Darth Vader's ashes were going to communicate with Kylo Ren in some way, possibly leading him back to the Light side of the Force...it's hard to say without proper context, though.

This is an alternate take on that confrontation between Kylo and Rey aboard his Star Destroyer and the use of that white background certainly helps both characters pop off the screen in a visually unique way.

Rey has managed to get her hands on Kylo's lightsaber but what is that they seem to have been fighting over? It could be Luke's repaired lightsaber or the MacGuffin from an earlier version of Episode IX.

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This piece of artwork provides a behind the scene look at the thought that was put into the battle between these two on the Star Destroyer and it definitely looks like Rey has managed to gain the upper hand.

This could be a vision or a glimpse at what might have been during the final battle but that is indeed Obi-Wan Kenobi there, appearing as a Force Ghost to help Rey in what looks like a moment of need.

Between the events of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, Rey managed to reforge Luke Skywalker's damaged lightsaber and this artwork shows some alternate takes on the finished result.

Due to Carrie Fisher's death, her role in The Rise of Skywalker was always going to be a minor one and this beautiful piece of artwork shows General Leia looking wistfully at the Millennium Falcon.

Kylo Ren tears his way through those locals on Mustafar and it's just a shame this was such a minor part of the film...and that we needed a book to tell us that it was this iconic planet!

This is the "Oracle," a character who may have been removed during reshoots. Kylo Ren was originally either going to be summoned by this creature or would have tracked it down for unknown reasons.

It's also possible that this is the ancient Sith Master who was set to play a key role in Trevorrow's version of the movie and someone Kylo was eventually going to kill using vampire-like the abilities it had taught him.

An alternate take on Rey and Kylo's battle in the remains of the Death Star, it looks like the iconic weapon was once meant to be in a much better condition than what we found it in.

Again, it's hard to say for sure whether this is a vision or a glimpse at the final battle but it looks like Rey would have gained the upper hand over Kylo during one of their battles and...sliced his head off?

Another possible tease about Rey's turn to the Dark Side, it's worth noting that she's wieilding a green lightsaber here (which may or may not be Luke Skywalker's blade from Return of the Jedi).

It looks like Finn is being interrogated by Kylo and his Knights here and this is actually a sequence which was reportedly going to be in Trevorrow's final draft of the movie he called Duel of the Fates.

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Colin Trevorrow Confirms What His Version Of STAR WARS: EPISODE IX Was Going To Be Titled

We've heard a lot about Colin Trevorrow's plans for Star Wars: Episode IX in recent weeks, and following that latest concept art leak, the filmmaker has confirmed what his version of the film was titled...

It's been an interesting few weeks for Star Wars fans. It started with details from Colin Trevorrow's Episode IX being leaked, and then yesterday, we got to see concept art from his version of the film.

Whoever leaked it put a lot of thought into what they were doing, as key sequences which got fans talking such as R2-D2's apparent destruction and Kylo Ren battling Darth Vader were among the pieces of artwork we got to see. Now, Trevorrow has revealed that everything we've seen is legit, and that he wasn't planning on actually killing off R2 in Duel of the Fates.

That's right, the filmmaker has now confirmed that his Episode IX was titled Duel of the Fates, an apparent callback to the beautiful piece of John Williams music that played when Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui Gon Jinn were battling Darth Maul at the end of 1999's The Phantom Menace.

You have to believe that Trevorrow is feeling pretty good right now, as Lucasfilm gave him the boot over "creative differences," but almost everyone seems to agree that Duel of the Fates sounds like a significantly better movie than J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio's The Rise of Skywalker (which holds the distinct "honour" of being the worst-reviewed Star Wars movie ever).

Which version of Episode IX do you think sounds like the superior movie?


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