It looks some major elements of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker have made their way to the light side of the internet with huge details emerging on the film’s plot.
Throughout this, I’ll be breaking down everything that you need to know about the leaks and giving my thoughts on the leaks.
There will of course be heavy spoilers here so if you don’t want to know anything about the movie the I highly recommend that you turn off now. Leaks like this should always be taken with a pinch of salt but these seem to line up with other leaks that have made their way to the net so far from industry insiders so there is potentially a lot here that could be in the final film.
With that out the way I just wanna give a huge thank you for checking out the video, now let’s get into my breakdown of The Rise Of Skywalker leaks.
Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker Leaks
The film reportedly takes place one year after The Last Jedi. Due to the small scale of the rebellion after the events of the last film, the Last Order has managed to conquer the galaxy. The majority of the opening takes place mostly from their perspective but there have been some huge changeups. Hux has been replaced by Allegiant General Pryde (Richard E. Grant) and has been leaking information to the Resistance in hopes that they kill Kylo and allow him to retake control.
Kylo Ren is torn between the dark side and the light and still harbors feelings for Rey. The Knights of Ren return from an expedition to the Unknown Regions to inform Kylo about a secret arsenal of superweapons built by Palpatine. Kylo and the Knights of Ren begin searching for the Wayfinder, a device required to locate the arsenal.
Back with the Resistance, we see that they have discovered their plan and the group all head out to try and find the Wayfinder first. Rose is now a high-ranking Resistance commander answering directly to Leia and stays behind to coordinate them from the base.
Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker Plot Leak Breakdown
The Wayfinder’s coordinates are in C-3P0’s old memory unit in an abandoned Imperial blockade in a jungle world, where the heroes befriend the warrior Jannah (Naomie Ackie) and her people.
After retrieving it, the heroes go to a decommissioned droid factory in a snow world to unlock it, where they are ambushed by the First Order and rescued by bounty hunter Zorii Bliss (Keri Russell) and her droid D-0.
During the battle, the memory unit of a combat droid is uploaded into C-3P0, causing him to develop an aggressive personality and take Chewie’s bowcaster for himself. This kinda sounds a bit weird to me, I’m not sure how legitimate it is and it’s one of the main points of contention on the internet at the moment. It may be a massive plot point, it
From here Kylo meets an oracle who directs him to the Wayfinder’s location in a desert world. Rey and her friends also learn about it from C-3P0’s memories. Rey and Kylo meet and fight in the desert world, while the Knights of Ren battle Finn, Poe, Chewie and the droids.
The Rise Of Skywalker Ending Explained
Rey and Kylo still share a Force bond, which causes them to experience “Force flashes” of past events as they fight.
Kylo and the Knights of Ren retrieve the Wayfinder and return to the ruins of the Death Star in the jungle world to unlock the arsenal’s location. The Resistance follows him, but are ambushed by the First Order and nearly defeated before a local alien, Klaud, helps them escape.
Finn recruits Jannah and her people as reinforcements to battle the First Order, while Rey confronts Kylo.
Now, this is where the leaks sort of take a huge turn and this is probably the most controversial part of the leaks as it deals with the return of Palpatine.
Rey and Kylo learn that the Wayfinder actually contains Palpatine’s spirit. It’s revealed that the Knights of Ren are actually loyal to him and manipulated Kylo into freeing him.
How Emporer Palpatine Returns
Palpatine possesses one of the knights (Matt Smith) and announces his plan to seize control of the First Order and use the arsenal to subjugate the galaxy. He also reveals that he was behind Snoke.
So yeah, a lot of retconning here. We knew that JJ Abrams wasn’t too happy with the way that his characters had been handled in The Last Jedi and this is sort of getting stuff back on track. Whilst I can see why people are complaining I think it works ok as a way to bring Palpatine back and is probably better than the Clone stuff that was rumored. However, it brings up the question, should Palpatine have returned?
To me, it kinda seems like back peddling and sort of retroactively ruins the end of Return of the Jedi as the character didn’t actually die. I know Palpatine has always been the big bad of the saga from, chronologically, The Phantom Menace, all the way up to this so I can see why they did it.
The Return Of Han And Luke
The film then sort of delivers call back after call back as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo appear as Force ghosts and encourage Kylo to accept the light. Kylo then join forces with Rey to stop Palpatine.
Rey and Kylo defeat Palpatine, but he then possesses Kylo. He urges Rey to kill him, and she reluctantly does. Palpatine is unable to possess Rey and is destroyed for the last time.
The First Order is defeated and Palpatine’s arsenal is destroyed.
Rey mourns Kylo and Luke’s force ghost appears, he resurrects him.
The film is rumored to end with a sunset and there were additional comments left in the notes that discuss a lot of the other casting announcements. Apparently, Lando, he doesn’t do that much and isn’t really integral to the plot, he’s just there with the heroes, occasionally piloting things but that’s about it.
The final battle will also apparently take place on the jungle planet, the Sith Fleet will be there to fight.
The death star remains will make the final battle epic and Rey and Kylo will use force flash fights against Palpatine.
And that’s the entire plot. Honestly, it sounds basic, like some fan fiction to me rather than the culmination of the trilogy that Abrahams started a couple of years ago. I know a lot of it will have to be a course correction for the last Jedi but the whole plot of ‘we have to go somewhere to get a weapon before the bad guys get it’ just sounds a bit lackluster to me. There’s not really much here that grabbed my attention and the spirit thing seems a bit of a weak way to bring Palpatine back.
I’m a great believer of when a character is dead that they’re dead and whilst we have had force ghosts in the past, they’ve never been capable of possession and this seems like a bit of a weak way to add tension and bring characters back. Overall I’m still kinda hoping that this leak is untrue as if it’s not then I really don’t know if I’ll feel all that happy with the trilogy as a whole.
I thought the force awakens was pretty weak and just retreading a lot of old ground, the last Jedi was well…the last jedi and this just seems like another middling script that Disney is putting out just to make as much money as possible from the property.
I’ve really been disappointed overall with the way that they’ve handled the series since taking over it and it just seems like they’re trying to replicate the success of the MCU without the understanding that the Marvel movies can do that because they have a rich amount of characters that can be brought into things, whereas Star Wars tends to have a solid cast but ones that can’t really be brought back year after year after year and overexposed because then they lose their magic.
Deus Ex Machina
This wreaks of hamfisted plot devices and underdevelopment in terms of characters. Kylo just becoming good because he was betrayed seems stupid and it comes across like he only really turned back to the light because he was peer pressured into it by Han and Luke and also realised that there wasn’t really much choice rather than him coming to the conclusion on his own which to me really devalues the character quite a lot. His sacrifice seems rather cliche and doesn’t really make him that endearing as a character to me. Now a lot of people are saying that this is awful if true and whilst I don’t think it’s out and out horrendous, there’s so much wasted potential here that could have lead to a far better film.
This doesn’t reach any of the heights from Return Of The Jedi or even Revenge Of The Sith and it massively falls short for me.
I know they had to finish the trilogy but this seems kind of a poor way to say goodbye to the characters if its the case and I really hope that its not because…the force is not strong with this one….look I’m sorry yeah, that’s one of the most overused jokes on the internet, I’m really sorry.
Anyway, I’d of course love to hear your thoughts on this plot leak, what you think of it, are you excited or disappointed and is Star Wars done for you if this makes it to the big screen? Comment below and let me know!