Force Facts - Exegol


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Aug 21, 2021
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Hey there, Rebelscum fans! Throughout the week we’ve been looking at the climactic battle on the Sith planet of Exegol that ends not only The Rise of Skywalker, but both the sequel trilogy and the Skywalker saga. Make sure to explore the sequence’s importance within the franchise in our “Expand Your Mind” article, but stay tuned throughout the week for more articles, insights, videos, and information about the best merchandise that collectors should be looking for.

The Rise of Skywalker wraps up the story that George Lucas had been plotting since the early 1970s, as he always envisioned the series as three trilogies. It's not only a battle between the Resistance and First Order, but the final confrontation between Jedi and Sith for the balance of the force. What else should you know about how the greatest franchise ever concludes? Check out these Force Facts.

  • Emperor Palpatine isn’t the only Sith to explore cloning technology. In an issue of the Star Wars Tales comic, Darth Maul is cloned and duels with Darth Vader. Vader slays the former acolyte.

  • The transference of consciousness to a new body has been a technique among Sith since the era of Darth Bane. A popular fan theory imagines that Bane’s spirit possessed his apprentice Darth Zannah when she killed him, and has subsequently transferred to each new Sith for a thousand years.

  • Denis Lawson returns as Wedge Antilles in The Rise of Skywalker, but he was initially approached to return in The Force Awakens. Lawson’s role was rewritten as Max Von Sydow’s character in the opening sequence.

  • Ian McDiarmid has a long history with Lucasfilm, as he worked with George Lucas and Rick McCallum with a performance in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. Lucasfilm also attempted to campaign for him for Best Supporting Actor for Revenge of the Sith.

  • Liam Neeson returns to voice Qui-Gon Jinn after first returning in episodes of The Clone Wars. Qui-Gon’s Jedi spirit was intended to appear in Revenge of the Sith, but cut due to Neeson’s scheduling conflicts with Batman Begins.

  • Prior to J.J. Abrams taking over, Safety Not Guaranteed and Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow was set to write and direct The Rise of Skywalker. Trevorrow left the project due to creative differences and the negative reaction to his passion project The Book of Henry.

  • 2019 was a big year for the conclusions of major franchises on a divisive note. The first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe wrapped up with Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, Game of Thrones reached its final season, Jesse’s Breaking Bad story was concluded in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, and 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise ended with Dark Phoenix.

  • Many of the plot points involving Palpatine’s clone were inspired by the iconic Expanded Universe Dark Horse Comics series Dark Empire and its sequels Dark Empire II and Empire’s End. In the series, Palpatine’s spirit attempts to possess the soul of Han and Leias’ infant son Anakin Solo.

  • While Leia’s spirit appears in The Rise of Skywalker, The Last Jedi was the last film that Carrie Fisher completed before her tragic death. Fisher also appears posthumously in the documentary Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics and her final role in Wonderwall.

  • Samuel L. Jackson returned to voice Mace Windu for the first time since the film Star Wars: The Clone Wars in 2008. However, Windu was voiced by Terrence "T.C." Carson in the series.
What do you think, Rebelscum fans? Do you have a favorite moment in the Battle of Exegol? Do you know any Force Facts of your own? Let us know below, and as always, may the Force be with you!

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