Alleged details have emerged online suggesting there will be a very brief nod to the lead character of the prequel trilogy in the upcoming film. Star Wars 9 is due out at the end of the year and, throughout the filming process, a barrage of so-called leaks have emerged on the internet – all of which need to be taken with a pinch of salt pending any official info from Lucasfilm. Is this new scene legitimate?
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Details come courtesy of prolific YouTuber Mike Zeroh, who has 152,000 subscribers and posts large volumes of videos claiming to be Star Wars leaks.
Zeroh’s track record is decidedly hit-and-miss when it comes to scoops that prove to be the real deal – so is this one that will come to fruition? Best to treat it as pure speculation for the time being.
He describes a scene between “R2-D2, Rey and Anakin Skywalker”, in which “Rey is meditating on a large boulder with her legs crossed and her eyes closed.
“It’s described as a dark environment with a camp fire going on in the background.”
He adds: “The next [shot] goes over Rey, surrounded by pieces of Anakin’s lightsaber floating around her – two pieces of the blue crystal.
“Rey hears voices of Anakin Skywalker – faint words and whispers from the character.
“Another [shot] goes over the front of Rey with a mysterious hooded figure behind her.
“By the time Rey turns around, the figure has vanished.
“A shadow of Anakin’s apparition, it’s described that Rey and Anakin have a strange connection.”
Most of the rumours concerning Anakin’s return have come via fan speculation online, and concrete evidence has been decidedly sparse.
But with Episode 9 set to be the concluding part of the sequel trilogy – and in fact the entire nine-part Skywalker saga – could JJ Abrams be planning on paying special homage to one of its most iconic characters?
We’ll get our answers when Star Wars 9 hits cinemas in December 2019.
In the meantime, the wait continues for a teaser trailer and the film’s official title.