The subreddit "Star Wars Leaks" has a surprisingly good track record when it comes to spoiling events in a galaxy far, far away. For example, the full story of Episode 9 ran three months before The Rise of Skywalker hit theaters, and key story details about the game Jedi: Fallen Order leaked almost a year before its release.
But there is something else: it is a summary of the original script for Star Wars Episode 9 before the original director Colin Trevorrow left the project when it was still subtitled … Duel of the Fates. This happened through YouTuber Robert Meyer Burnett, and the breakdown on Reddit is fairly extensive. Although it is worth considering this as a rumor, the AV Club says it has been able to independently verify the leak as genuine.
If you didn't like The Rise of Skywalker, it's a fascinating look at what could have been. For one thing, Palpatine is not depicted as a villain, although he only appears to a limited extent. The screenplay was written by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly and appears to be dated December 1
Let's get to the most important details, then …
Another story  First is the opening crawl, which states that the First Order now rules the entire galaxy except for a few planets. The film begins with a raid on a first-order shipyard and shows that Rey forged a double-sided lightsaber from her weapon and that of Luke Skywalker. The robbery goes wrong, but Rey, Poe, Finn, Rose (who seems to have more to do in this opening than Episode 9 himself) and BB-8 set off with a first-order star destroyer.
Hux is now chancellor of a suppressed Coruscant. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren is on the planet Mustafar, which is haunted by Luke Skywalker's ghost. He finds a Sith-Holocron with a message from Palpatine intended for Vader, and encourages Vader to seek out Palpatine's Master Tor Valum in the event of his death (what happened to two Siths simultaneously, how?).
Rey is training as a Jedi and communicating with Luke's mind. The ultimate goal of resistance in this design is to activate a beacon that is under Coruscant and should send an emergency call to 50 planets that they will almost reach before the first order prevents the message from going out.
Kylo Ren meets Tor Valum, who is characterized as an old & # 39; Lovecraftian & # 39; Sith alien. Leia teams up with Lando to arrange for smugglers to help abolish the First Order, and the final battle takes place on Coruscant, sparked by the unrest caused by Finn and the droids.
Rey defeats the Knights of Ren in battle. and she finally confronts Kylo Ren himself. Kylo Ren reveals that he killed Rey's parents at the behest of Snoke. Despite the appearance of Luke, Yoda and Obi-Wan as force ghosts, Kylo cannot turn to the bright side and simply dies. The first order ultimately loses.
There are large gaps in the story from this summary, but choosing Coruscant as the focus for the story seems like a cool idea. Better than many secret star destroyers that come from the sea anyway at the behest of a cloned Palpatin.
It reads in some ways like an absurd fan fiction, but is less a breathless MacGuffin chase than the finished episode 9. It also treats Kylo Ren as really lost to the dark side of the Force, which was clearly the reason for the choices he made in The Last Jedi. There is also no evidence that Rey is a Palpatine, which was one of the most controversial decisions in Episode 9.
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