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Even three months after its release, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker refuses to leave the national conversation. Perhaps that’s because so much supplementary material keeps coming out after the fact to fill out the plot gaps in the film’s ever-so-complex narrative. The latest from the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novelization is all about Kylo Ren and his arc form Big Bad to big softie, and how exactly it happened.
Kylo Ren’s redemption arc was arguably one of the most dissatisfying parts of Stars Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, primarily because all the motivation for his turn from the Dark Side to the light took place offscreen and in supplementary materials. But here is a little more supplementary material to explain why Kylo Ren turned out the way he did. The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novelization fills out some of the plot holes in Ben Solo’s arc from the Skywalker heir apparent to fallen son.
First, there’s an explanation of Kylo Ren and Rey’s first fight in The Force Awakens, when the new Force wielder was able to beat a trained Jedi in a lightsaber duel. We can thank Chewbacca for that, according to the novelization, which reminds us that the Wookiee shot Kylo Ren after he killed Han, putting him at a disadvantage in the fight with Rey. The book reads per CinemaBlend:
‘I have not forgotten that you shot me,’ Kylo said. That wound had resulted in a defeat at Rey’s hands. Had he been in top fighting form, the scavenger never would have gotten the best of him.
Yep, this sure is an explanation that doesn’t take away from Rey’s victory at all, because how could a girl who had been forced to survive on her own on a desert planet all her life eke out a win against a trained warrior? Uh, huh.
But that’s not all that has been revealed about Kylo Ren in the novelization. The retcon of Kylo’s “lie” about Rey’s parents being no one in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is further explained, writing per Digital Spy:
“He’d glimpsed her parents in a vision, a poor, frightened couple eking out a meagre existence, surviving on the edge of desperation. He hadn’t been lying when he’d told her they were nothing, nobodies. But Force visions were filled with tricky truths and potential realities. Maybe he had missed something. Bringing all the power of the Force to bear, Kylo Ren demanded, ‘Who is she?’ The rotting remnant of Emperor Palpatine smiled.”
The last revelation digs into Kylo Ren’s pivotal turn, when he lays down his lightsaber and finally embraces his identity as Ben Solo. In the film, it appears to be his mother Leia’s death that leads him to make this turn, at the of his battle with Rey, when she mortally wounds then heals him. In the...
The Rise of Skywalker concept art has officially been teased online. We have an alternate look at Billy Dee Williams' Lando Calrissian, which is quite different from the final design. Additionally, we have a look at the ferocious space wolves that J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio originally wanted to include. As it turns out, there are a few similarities in the concept art to what Colin Trevorrow had planned for his version of the story.
The Art of Star Wars comes to us from Abrams Books and Lucasfilm takes readers behind-the-scenes. Phil Szostak wrote The Rise of Skywalker edition and it is comprised of interviews he conducted with J.J. Abrams, along with the cast and crew. Part of the book goes into the first time Star Wars fans got to see Lando Calrissian on the big screen since 1983. The design is quite different from the Pasaana look we saw in the movie. 'I wanted to get that silhouette of an upturned brim of a cowboy hat,' visual artist, Glyn Dillon, says in the book. 'From a distance, when the hat flaps up, it did kind of look like that Western silhouette.'
The Rise of Skywalker concept art also shows an early version of Lando Calrissian's Crawler vehicle, which he uses to house the Resistance when the First Order finds their location on Pasaana. The early look is similar to an old school cassette tape and it doesn't provide as much cover as the version that ended up in the final cut of the movie. The final version seems like the wise choice when compared to this one.
Colin Trevorrow originally wanted to have Star Wars 9 end on Coruscant, but he left the project over creative differences. J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio came on board and wrote a new screenplay from scratch. However, at one time, they were going to end up on Coruscant too. But they were going to add some crazy looking space wolves. This would have been much different than Exegol, that's for sure. The art features Kylo Ren encountering the space wolves while looking for Jedi Temple ruins.
Another picture from The Rise of Skywalker concept art finds Kylo Ren inspecting his Imperial army, looking very much like his grandfather, Darth Vader, while Leia Organa wasn't originally going to be the highly respected leader. As it turns out, one version of the story found that most of the galaxy was not happy to know that Darth Vader was her father. This was way before the sequel trilogy was started and it would have been interesting to see how that would have changed the trilogy. We'd watch Leia have to prove herself. The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which goes on sale on March 31st, which is also the same day the Blu-ray edition comes out. You can check out the images below, thank to Yahoo.
Billie Lourd did end up playing Leia Organa in The Rise of Skywalker. It had been rumored that Lourd was stepping in back in the spring of 2019, but it wasn't confirmed until now. Carrie Fisher passed away at the end of 2016 after she finished shooting The Last Jedi, which meant that there were going to have to be some major changes for the third and final installment in the sequel trilogy. J.J. Abrams stepped in and he and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced that they would be taking unused footage from The Force Awakens to include her in The Rise of Skywalker.
However, there is one particular scene where it is not Carrie Fisher playing Leia. During the flashback sequence when Luke Skywalker and Leia are training, it's actually Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd. Mark Hamill played young Luke and then Industrial Light and Magic de-aged his face. Lourd took on the role of her mother and they replaced her face with footage of Fisher from Return of the Jedi. ILM Visual Effects Supervisor Patrick Tubach explains.'Billie was playing her mother. It was a poignant thing, and something that nobody took lightly - that she was willing to stand in for her mom.'
Carrie Fisher is a big piece of the Star Wars puzzle and her appearance in The Rise of Skywalker was not taken lightly. Nor was the decision for Billie Lourd to step in and play the young Leia. J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson have spoken a lot about Fisher's friendship and what she brought to the table over the years. And Patrick Tubach also talked about how heavy the situation of having Lourd step in really was. He explains.'It was an emotional thing for everybody to see her in that position. It felt great for us, too. If you're going to have someone play [Fisher's] part, it's great that it's [Billie] because there are a lot of similarities between them that we were able to draw from. The real challenge was just making the Leia footage we had to work with fit in that scene.'
As for any additional footage of the training flashback scene, there is no more. 'What you see is what we developed,' says visual effects supervisor, Roger Guyett. For Guyett, there was a firm understanding of the job they had to do for that particular scene in The Rise of Skywalker. And in that understanding, there was a whole new challenge. Guyett had this to say about bringing back young Leia.'The idea was to provide this great surprise where they take the helmets off, and you see Luke and Leia's younger faces. We scoured outtakes from the original movies, and we took some pieces and then had to try and figure out the technical aspect of putting that shot together.'
Will Billie Lourd ever take over for her mother again in the Star Wars franchise? It could happen down the line, but there are no current plans to do so. 'The truth is that Carrie was a friend of J.J. and Billie is a friend of J.J.,' says Roger Guyett. 'They talked a lot about that, and I think the heart of it is...
Quibi is one of the most anticipated platform launches of the year and it's also one of the most talked about in Hollywood circles. While the short-form service, which comes out on April 6, is launching around the same time as HBO Max and NBCUniversal's Peacock, the presence of ex-Walt Disney Studios chairman and DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg is the main reason for the wagging tongues.
The other reason the town is keeping a particularly close eye on Quibi is its lineup of projects from top stars, both in front of and behind the camera. Steven Spielberg is writing a horror drama — his first writing project since A.I. — and other stars to sign up include Steven Soderbergh, Sam Rami, Antoine Fuqua, Jennifer Lopez, Liam Hemsworth, Idris Elba, Kiefer Sutherland, Lena Waithe, Anna Kendrick, Sophie Turner, Reese Witherspoon and LeBron James.Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP/Shutterstock
Katzenberg's partner in Quibi is former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, who he persuaded to join him over dinner in San Francisco, shortly after she revealed she was leaving Hewlett Packard. Whitman is ostensibly overseeing the tech of the service, while Katzenberg corrals creatives.
The service is launching April 6, despite the current COVID-19 crisis impacting production on a few of its Daily Essentials and news-related shows, with a 90-day free trial. Starting at $4.99 with ads and $7.99 with no ads, the platform is set to have 175 original shows in its first year, totaling around 8,500 episodes.
Katzenberg tells Deadline how he's feeling about launching a major new platform in the middle of a global pandemic – calling the fallout “heartbreaking” and “distressing” with people’s lives “being turned upside down” – who he expects to sign up to Quibi and how he’s in talks with J.J. Abrams for potential projects.
DEADLINE: You’re 10 days away from launch. How are you feeling ahead of April 6?
JEFFREY KATZENBERG: I’m quite excited. I'm confident. I think that we're about to bring some joy and happiness and laughter and something different to people's lives in a moment in time, which you can't get enough of that. In a way, it's the one silver lining, I think that Hollywood, the best and most talented people have tuned out and made some extraordinary content that will delight people and is going to bring a lot of enjoyment to them. I'm proud of the Quibi team and, most importantly, our suppliers and creators, what they're delivering every day.
DEADLINE: How has COVID-19 affected those launch plans?
KATZENBERG: One of the things that we did a couple of weeks ago in anticipation of where we're finding ourselves, is to give Quibi away free for the...