It appears that the ending to end all core 'Star Wars' movies was always in a state of flux during filming.
Over the weekend, we were gifted with our first look at 'Episode IX' in the first teaser trailer. We also got confirmation that the movie's title will be 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'.
In an interview recently, actor Daisy Ridley spoke of how "a slightly different beat" was added to the new ending:
“J.J. had told me [the ending], and then I read the script, and then it was sort of shifting. The ending was always pretty similar, and then I was told there was sort of a new—I guess a slightly different beat added that I was told, which was awesome. Because it’s nice to be told the thing and then you can like experience it with the filmmaker. But also, we don’t know how it’s gonna turn out. We did the thing on this side of the camera, so we don’t know how it’s gonna turn out. So I’m as excited to see it as everyone else.”
It's important to note that Colin Trevorrow was originally supposed to direct and co-write 'Star Wars IX', before J.J. Abrams was drafted in after he stepped down. Abrams, Chris Terrio, as well as consultations with George Lucas, worked together to create a brand new script.
Now, whether the ending Ridley actually filmed ends up in the final cut of 'The Rise of Skywalker' is anyone's guess. She did say that "we don’t know how it’s gonna turn out", so if it doesn't look well on screen, reshoots may have to happen fairly sharpish.
'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' is set to release in Irish cinemas on December 19th, 2019. You can read our full breakdown of the newest trailer here. We also have a nifty A-Z guide of everything to do with 'Star Wars' right here too.