Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker gets the Shakespearean treatment in The Merry Rise of Skywalker.
William Shakespeare meets Star Wars. It’s a storytelling match made in heaven and one that already exists for all the previous films in the Skywalker saga. Previous titles include William Shakespeare’s The Clone Army Attacketh and William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return.
The final installment of the Skywalker saga will follow that tradition as it is re-imagined in Shakespearean language. This tale will be called William Shakespeare’s The Merry Rise of Skywalker and is scheduled to be released on July 28. Ian Doescher will once again write the book, just as he wrote all the previous re-imaginings of the Skywalker saga.
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It will feature the authentic meter, verse, theatrical dialogue, and stage directions that are consistent with Shakespeare’s style of writing. StarWars.com assured fans that this will apply to all characters, from Kylo Ren to Babu Frik. The way Babu Frik talked in the movie was already so weird and adorable and will likely only become more so once his language becomes Shakespearean as well.
As wonderful as the Babu Frik parts will undoubtedly be, the scenes between Rey and Kylo Ren are the most intriguing part of this upcoming book. Their scenes already contain so much dramatic tension and electric chemistry. The complex tragedy and love within their relationship is already Shakespearean, which will make the language feel all the more fitting. If only fans could see Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley performing this on the stage . . .
To top it all off, the cover art is absolutely stunning. It captures the epic feel of both Shakespeare and Star Wars while emphasizing the star-crossed lovers/enemies nature of their relationship.
The Merry Rise of Skywalker promises to be a fun read and could even be a good introduction to those reluctant to read the classic works of Shakespeare.