Recovered from the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker footage from D23 yet? If you have, go back and watch it some more. If you haven’t, frankly we here at Cantina Talk haven’t either. Either way, if you need something to distract you—and you happen to have a Nintendo Switch—here’s our suggestion: Star Wars Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast is being released for the Switch at the end of the month. For everyone else, well, you could always read on and just surrender to the feeling that the next three months are just killing time until we all head to the theaters again.
Is The Rise of Skywalker Being Rewritten at the Last Minute?
The Source: The initial rumor comes from trolls, the rebuttal from J.J. Abrams himself
Probability of Accuracy: It’s not happening. Sorry, haters.
The Real Deal: For those paying attention to Star Wars chatter online, there’s been a noticeable rise in chatter from certain folks claiming that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in deep trouble, with Disney unsure about what even happens in the movie at this point. (We’re not going to link to such reports, because why reward such bad faith rumormongering?) The reason we mention all of this is because, simply, it’s not true. Director J.J. Abrams is on record as saying that the last sequence in the movie was decided early on in the filmmaking process, and he told MarvelousTV at D23 Expo that the movie has actually been unusually unchanging during editing. “It’s really been a bit unusual in that the editing process, much of what we have in the third act is exactly what we always had. And that’s not always the case,” he said, after clarifying “the ending is the ending.” Well, we say clarifying, but it’s not as if anyone outside of Abrams and the editors really know what that ending is just yet. Nonetheless: Don’t believe reports of Disney being unsure about Rise of Skywalker.
The Bad Guys Become the Good Guys in Rise
The Source: Anonymously sourced fan Instagrams
Probability of Accuracy: Prepare to be cynical, but not necessarily dismissive …
The Real Deal: Could this be the Rise of Skywalker rumor mother lode? Perhaps, but that’ll only be the case if these predictions all turn out to be true. The Bespin Bulletin Instagram account had a pretty bold set of potential spoilers recently, claiming that by the end of Rise bot Kylo Ren and General Hux will have found redemption, with the latter being a Resistance secret agent when the movie opens. As for Kylo, the report suggests that he will eventually team with Rey to fight off the true villains of the piece: Palpatine and the Knights of Ren. Oh, and not only will they share Anakin’s lightsaber at some point—no, we’re not sure which one, and he went through a bunch in the prequels—but Palpatine himself is going to be using a lightsaber too, which suggests that he’s, you know, more than just a Force Ghost in the new movie. To be honest, a lot of this sounds like wish fulfillment and fake spoilerizing (especially that both Hux and Kylo will be redeemed), but it’s also hard to rule all of it out. For now, treat it with suspicion, but bear it in mind as the movie gets closer and more footage gets released.
Rey Has a Suitable New Mentor
The Source: More anonymously sourced fan rumoring