Depending on who you ask, 'The Rise of Skywalker' was either the ending that the saga deserved, or was one of the worst 'Star Wars' movies ever made.
Either way, the behind-the-scenes drama that it faced really was something, not to mention the numerous drafts that the story went through. One that surfaced online a couple of weeks ago, titled 'Duel of the Fates', had much different layout from what we saw.
The problem with leaks, however, is that they're difficult to ascertain how genuine they are, and whether or not it was simply an early draft. However, after a number of US outlets independently verified the leaks, the actual writer-director Colin Trevorrow stepped forward and confirmed its authenticity.
Yes, this is from Duel of the Fates. But I’d never kill R2...he just took a bad hit. Happens to all of us. https://t.co/ekGMRUdV2g
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) January 24, 2020
Trevorrow took to Twitter to confirm that the concept art doing the rounds was real, along with the script title as well. The question now is whether or not his draft will be released for everyone to read.
As reported previously, Trevorrow's script had a number of significant changes from 'The Rise of Skywalker'. For one, Kylo Ren / Ben Solo was never redeemed. General-Princess Leia had a much more significant role, as did Rose Tico and Chewbacca, while Rey did not share any lineage with the Emperor.
Of course, completely different drafts are nothing new in 'Star Wars', and you only need to check out the first scripts for 'A New Hope' to see evidence of that.