Congratulations to The Rise of Skywalker as it passes a billion dollars

Star Wars Duel of the Fates

Disney announced Wednesday that the movie has actually formally amassed over $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales after 28 days in release, ending up being the fifth film in the Star Wars franchise to reach the turning point. Luckily the Star Wars Visual Dictionary was able to help. Otherwise, what's the point? Originally coming to us from filmmaker Robert Meyer Burnett's YouTube channel and later posted on the r/starwarsleaks subreddit, the newly revealed script is titled Star Wars: Duel of the Fates, after the iconic score John Willaims wrote for key lightsaber duels in the prequel trilogy, and tells a drastically different story from what we ended up getting in The Rise of Skywalker.

So, what happened to Star Wars? Could this discrepancy at the box office indicate that folks didn't return for second and third rounds of The Rise of Skywalker? He additionally had a writing credit score on the movie nonetheless, though he didn't write the script of the film presently in theaters.

It's thanks to the cast members throughout the ride (from the First Order officers shooing "sympathizers" to Resistance fighters saving the day) and well-timed theatrical moments that "Rise of the Resistance" excels. What we know better is what would be happening with Kylo Ren, who would apparently descend into the depths of Darth Vader's castle on Mustafar, in order to find a Sith holocron (a recording device, basically) with a lost message from the (still deceased!) Emperor Palpatine.

Force-sensitive youngsters, like the broom-wielding orphan the duo met on Canto Bight, would have served a sizable role as part of the Resistance in The Rise of Skywalker, led duly by Rose and Finn.

Eventually, Kylo and Rey end up fighting on a planet called Mortis and the force ghosts of Luke, Yoda and Obi-Wan try to get Kylo to turn back ... and he doesn't.

That also means Rey wouldn't have been his granddaughter, but the plot would have followed Rian Johnson's assertion in The Last Jedi that her parents were nobodies.


Meanwhile, Rey spends the movie training with Force Ghost Luke (who's awfully chatty for a dead guy) and trying to grapple with whether she's worthy of being a Jedi, or if the Jedi should even be a thing anymore.

Luke's ghost also hangs around Rey. In Duel of the Fates, Rey being a nobody was thematically important to her entire arc. Duel of the Fates doubled down on his villainy.

Colin Trevorrow's Duel of the Fates, on the other hand, is full of familiar places. That information made its way to Reddit and was subsequently beamed out across the known galaxy: Here's the Episode 9 we could have had, rather than the narrative mess that was Rise of Skywalker.

Trevorrow and Connolly clearly saw the character of Kylo Ren very differently than Abrams and Terrio did.

Oh, and in the final battle Chewbacca pilots an X-Wing.

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