No matter what your thoughts on the leaked story details of Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX, it’s always great to see new Star Wars concept art. At the end of last month we got our first look at Trevorrow’s Duel of the Fates and now we get an even more detailed look as 28 new images have been revealed.
Like last time these images come courtesy of the Star Wars Leaks Reddit and are based, primarily, on the first draft of the script from December 2017, before Carrie Fisher’s passing required the story to be reworked.
Going in story order, at least as much as possible, the first images showcase the shipyards of Kuat, where the Resistance heroes have gone undercover to try and sabotage the First Order’s new fleet of Star Destroyers. Of course, things go wrong, but our heroes are able to steal a new Star Destroyer as they make their daring escape.
The next image shows General Leia Organa at the Resistance’s new base on Korilev;
From here, the story was to break into three threads as Kylo Ren seeks out Tor Valum on Remnicore, Rey hunts for a seer on Bonadan with Chewie, Poe, and BB-8 whilst pursued by the Knights of Ren, and Finn, Rose, R2-D2, and C-3PO head to First Order occupied Coruscant to light a beacon for aid under the Jedi Temple.
The final battle is split between two locations. The Battle of Coruscant, where the forces of the Resistance and the First Order clash on the ground and in the skies above the former capital of both Empire and Republic. And Mortis, where Rey and Kylo Ren finally come face to face in a duel that will determine the balance of the Force.
The film would have ended at a ranch on Modesta, where Finn waits with a group of Force sensitive children, as Rey arrives to train the next generation of Jedi.
In addition to these images, the new leak also has concept art identified as coming from the second draft. You can read more about this draft, and how it differed from the first, at Making Star Wars.
There’s also a new image of Finn, working in a First Order labor camp on Coruscant. The image is said to be from an early draft. The December 2017 draft we know about is said to be the first and that features Rose being captured, not Finn, so it’s possible this image is based on earlier story ideas that predated that first full draft or perhaps a draft between that one and the final one that Making Star Wars provided the details for.
And finally there’s this image of Kylo receiving a new mask. His face is not injured and it’s not the Mandalorian mask that is smelted to his face in the first draft, and seen in other concept art for version of the story, so this is likely to be either an early idea or something from a later draft.
Be sure to share your thoughts on this new artwork in the comments below and in the Cantina. And remember to check out The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by Phil Szostak when it is released next month, featuring art from J.J. Abrams’ first day on the movie right through to the end of the saga.
Source and image descriptions: Reddit