Newly revealed idea artwork for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker exhibits Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia wielding a purple lightsaber in her duel with Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker noticed Daisy Ridley’s Rey taking on Leia’s Jedi weapon alongside the lightsaber beforehand wielded by each Anakin and Luke Skywalker. Showing as a Drive ghost, Mark Hamill’s Luke tells Rey that Leia gave up the weapon as she accomplished her coaching.
A flashback sequence incorporates a digitally de-aged Luke and Leia sparring on the final day of Leia’s coaching. Whereas the movie noticed Leia utilizing a blue lightsaber, this wasn’t all the time the plan.
Idea artwork shared on social media by Star Wars artist Adam Brockbank reveals an early imagining of the flashback scene featured Leia wielding a purple lightsaber.
The idea artwork additionally options sparring outfits which are clearly extra impressed by real-world fencing gear than the designs that ended up within the ultimate movie, which hued in direction of extra conventional Star Wars clothes designs.
It isn’t clear why Leia’s lightsaber colour was modified for the ultimate model of Rise of Skywalker, although it’s doable that the weapon that appeared within the idea artwork was only a placeholder and it was by no means director J.J. Abrams’ intention to present Leia the uncommon lightsaber colour.
Take a look at the idea artwork, shared by Adam Brockbank on Instagram, beneath:
Throughout the Star Wars movies, solely Samuel L. Jackson’s Mace Windu has ever wielded a purple lightsaber, a particular weapon that got here on the request of the actor.
Whereas a number of different Jedi have been seen with purple-bladed lightsabers in exterior media, in each Star Wars Legends continuity and Disney’s new canon – reminiscent of Revan and Ty Yorrick – the weapon stays a uncommon sight within the franchise.
Right here is the synopsis for the movie:
Lucasfilm and director J. J. Abrams be a part of forces as soon as once more to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far-off with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, the place new legends will probably be born and the ultimate battle for freedom is but to return.
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