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?
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.