After all the hullabaloo about Duel of the Fates, has the original concept art been uncovered? Yes, kind of?
Almost everyone on the internet talked about the scrapped Duel of the Fates screenplay from Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow including us. It was the talk of the town. People wondered if it would have made for a better movie, theorizing how it would have dealt with popular characters' storylines, and wrapped it all up.
We had a YouTube video of a guy explain the screenplay, but now, we might have received the visualizations to go along with them. IGN reported some images might have been the concept art from the movie. Colin Trevorrow has since come forward and verified that some actually ARE from the movie...while some are not. Still, there is a stunning amount of overlap from the story we heard about and the images below.
This all came from posts by @JadoreReyBen, a Twitter account devoted to shipping Rey and Kylo. Our best guess is that they uploaded various pictures from the yet to be released of The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, an art book that won't be released in the United States until March 31.
Check out the tweets and some of the images from across the internet.
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We get some Dark Rey, some Palpatine, even C-3PO mourning the death of R2-D2.
I wish some of these moments showed up in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
But concept art is just that... general concepts that could happen in the movie. They're visuals that help the director sculpt what they want on the screen. So these are ways to test emotional beats or moments that may or may not make it into the story. Any overlap is mere coincidence and I doubt Disney or the filmmakers would ever confirm otherwise.
Still, these are wondrous displays that really take you deep into the emotions of a franchise that spans four decades. We get to spend time with key characters and I think it's obvious that there are more stories to tell within this universe. Literally anything can happen outside of what we already know.
As much as I love looking at these images I know most of them are driven by brainstorming artists and creative teams. Much like your darlings on the page, you have to be willing to part ways even with the more beautiful images. It takes a mature team and filmmakers to not be tied to one image or idea. Sometimes things have to change and we'll never know what they'll be like if they stayed the same.
I can't wait to see what's next in a galaxy far, far way.
With Rise of Skywalker crossing the billion dollar mark, you know there's more in store.
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