Just a week after a script of his version of the Star Wars: Episode IX leaked, Colin Trevorrow is back in the Star Wars world to confirm more leaks. This time around, original concept art from the director’s film — which would have been called Duel of the Fates, rather than The Rise of Skywalker — seems to have leaked online. While fans had been sharing the images already, Trevorrow confirmed the authenticity of at least some of them on Twitter on Friday morning.
The leaked images don’t reveal much new information, but they do give us glimpses at some of the most intriguing elements of Trevorrow’s script. Most notably, in the tweet at least, is the image of Darth Vader and Kylo Ren squaring off in what looks to be a Dark Side cave. In Trevorrow’s script, this showdown with his idol was to end with Kylo being squarely beaten by the vision of the Sith Lord, and retreating from the planet — and his new master Tor Valum, who appears in other leaked art — to go find Rey.
I along with every outspoken Star Wars fan need to know this, is the concept art that was released accurate? Or were those false? Like Kylo and Vader in the cave? Or R2 dying? e.t.c
I really need an answer lol. pic.twitter.com/O2zWIWu3yI
— Jake (@JeromeJT3) January 24, 2020
Another of the tweeted images is one of Rey standing among a crowd of defeated stormtroopers. While the stormtroopers certainly come as no surprise, the lightsaber she’s holding seems like a difference worth noting. In Rise of Skywalker, Rey ends up with a yellow-bladed single lightsaber, versus this concept art where she holds a blue double-bladed lightsaber.
Elsewhere online, among the other leaked but unconfirmed concept art, there are images that appear to be of other key moments in the Trevorrow script. Coruscant, which was set to be a major location for the film, has deserted streets that contrast to the technical wonder of its buildings. There’s also art of new planets and vehicles, as well as familiar droids and characters like C-3PO and R2-D2. There’s even a laser-bladed guillotine that looks absolutely incredible.
While most of these leaks do seem to be fairly similar in style, the only ones we know for sure are real are the four in the tweet that Trevorrow responded to. As for art from the version of Episode IX that actually came out, Lucasfilm will be releasing The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker art book on March 31 in the United States.