A recently published Youtube video shows a very different ending to the Skywalker saga with animated version of Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars vision.
The Youtube channel “Mr. Sunday Movies” released an animated version of Star Wars: Episode IX that almost happened. The video was based off of the concept art and screenplay for Colin Trevorrow’s version of the final installment of the Skywalker saga. The short animation is not a fully accurate retelling as there is a disclaimer that creative liberties were taken.
Trevorrow was originally tapped to direct Episode IX, but was eventually replaced by The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams in September of 2017. Trevorrow’s version of Episode IX differs greatly from the final product, which the video goes to great lengths to highlight.
One of the many significant changes in the video is the absence of Emperor Palpatine, aside from a hologram opened by Kylo Ren during the early part of the story that contains a message from the now deceased Darth Sidious.
One of the final scenes in the film was to take place on the planet Mortis. Previously introduced in The Clone Wars, Mortis is a planet that was home to The Ones, a family of ultra-powerful Force users who seem to be physical embodiment of the Force.
Other significant changes to the story were a final battle between the Resistance and The First Order (taking place on Coruscant), and visits from familiar faces like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda during one of the film’s final scenes.
One of the similarities that the video has with the The Rise of Skywalker is the introduction of a new Force power. According to the video, Kylo learns to drain the life force from his enemies, a power that was reserved for Emperor Palpatine in Abrams’ cut of the film.
The video itself presents countless new and exciting ideas leaving many fans wishing they had got to experience Trevorrow’s version of Episode IX instead. However, it should be considered that there is a difference between putting the idea on paper and actually executing it successfully. Because many of these ideas were not used in the film, fans should be on the lookout for many of them to resurface in other Star Wars material.
Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker is now available to rent on Amazon Prime, Google Play and Youtube.