Was Rise of Skywalker’s final shot slapped on in post?
As Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has now crossed the $725 million worldwide box office mark and fans continue to debate its standing compared to the other installments, one viewer has taken to Twitter with pretty clear evidence that the final shot of the conclusion to the Skywalker Saga may be the product of some post-production trickery.
WARNING: Spoilers Lie Ahead for The Rise of Skywalker
After returning to Luke’s childhood home with the Lars family on Tatooine and burying the Skywalker lightsabers, she is asked by a passerby what her name is, to which she responds “Rey Skywalker” and proceeds to stand and admire the double sunset of the desert planet with BB-8 at her side the same as Luke did in A New Hope. While this may seem like a nice nod to the previous trilogy as well as an emotional sendoff for fans, one Twitter user has appeared to crack the code that the shot is in fact a re-edited shot from earlier in the film when Rey was on the other desert planet Pasaana.
While the fan theorizes that the reason for this may be that the original ending had Ben Solo surviving, it will likely be a long time before J.J. Abrams or someone else from production opens up about why such an important shot may have been dashed off in post using recycled footage.
Returning cast members for The Rise of Skywalker include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast are Naomi Ackie (Doctor Who), Richard E. Grant (Logan), Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings), and Keri Russell (The Americans), who will also be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian. The role of Leia Organa is once again played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In addition to directing, J.J. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio (Argo, Justice League). Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, and Abrams will produce, with Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin executive producing. Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Rise of Skywalker.