A new Star Wars story brings back a cut moment from The Rise of Skywalker’s original, scrapped script – which would’ve made the film so much better.
Warning: SPOILERS for Star Wars #28A key piece of cut content from the final Star Wars film finally returns, and proves the quality of the leaked unproduced script. Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker had a tumultuous production; contending with the death of Princess Leia actress Carrie Fisher, a delay from May to December, and last-minute editing decisions, the film was financially successful but did not win favor with a majority of the fanbase. Now Star Wars #28 brings back a piece of deleted content from the first draft of the film, and in the process proves precisely what went wrong with the final Star Wars film.
Perhaps the most famous unproduced script in Star Wars history, Star Wars Episode IX: Duel of the Fates contained a very different plot compared to 2019’s Rise of Skywalker. Finn took center stage in the film, eventually becoming a leader among ex-Stormtroopers, Kylo Ren encountered an ancient Sith Master, and Rey was not related to Emperor Palpatine in any way. Additionally, Palpatine was not the final villain of the trilogy (that honor went to Kylo Ren), and only appeared in a small cameo in the form of an old Sith recording. For a variety of reasons, Duel of the Fates was scrapped entirely, though multiple plot elements eventually made their way into Rise of Skywalker, albeit in a vastly different context.
In Star Wars #28, written by Charles Soule with art by Andres Genolet, the Rebel Alliance intercepts an emergency transmission from an Imperial Shuttle. Onboard is a family of four: Crimson Dawn operatives with their children who have fled the Death Star and have since crashed on Coruscant. “There are Coruscant security forces coming down here to investigate the crash site – they’re basically military” says one of the parents. They eventually scramble as far away from the downed shuttle as they can.
Rise of Skywalker Should Have Returned To Coruscant
Duel of the Fates included a climax on the planet Coruscant, now under First Order occupation. The city was portrayed in a very different light than the vibrant metropolis seen during the Prequel era. Fear gripped the entire planet and Stormtroopers patrolled every street. The family in the comic panel above clearly could not count on the locals to hide them, for fear one would turn them over to the Imperial forces already on the surface. Rise of Skywalker omitted the planet entirely, much to the detriment of the larger story.
The final film in the Star Wars franchise felt oddly disconnected from the larger galaxy, but adding in Coruscant would provide connective tissue between the sequels and prequels. Under First Order occupation, the planet would appear entirely different and would have been quite interesting to see on the big screen. Unfortunately, it appears the Star Wars movies have left Coruscant behind, and while the comics continue to flesh out the franchise, audiences won’t see the city-planet in theaters for some time.
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