Rey's leaked concept art has a sweet Return of the Jedi reference

Jan 23, 2020

Do you remember this image above from the end of the Return of the Jedi?

Luke had been dressed in black for most of the film. It was a metaphor for his potential alignment to the Dark Side. He was Force choking Gamorrean Guards after all...not to mention the key offer from Mr Dark Side himself the Emperor to join the Dark Side - at which point he rejects the job offer which the classic quote:

I'm a Jedi, like my father before me.

Here's the video of it.

Post the Emperor's supposed death, we see Luke's costume has come undone after being zapped by Force Lightning, showing he was part of the Light Side of the Force all along.

And now cut to the concept art that was designed for Colin Trevorrow's version of Star Wars which was titled Duel of the Fates (the title is a reference to the musical piece from Revenge of the Sith).

Trevorrow's version was ultimately rejected by Lucasfilm and JJ Abrams was bought back on for another crack at the story which became The Rise of Skywalker.

It features Rey on a Star Destroyer with a double saber blade and - a costume similar to Luke's Jedi outside - with the same open flap:

rey double saber concept art

We think the concept artist did this as a specific nod to Luke's moment in Jedi.

This artwork can be found in 'The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' book.

The concept art book also features this image of R2D2 and C3PO on the planet of Coruscant (which featured in the prequels).

c3po tros concept art colin trevorrow

It strongly reminds me of this scene from Retun of the Jedi - one which was based on a similarly styled shot in the Wizard of Oz:

star wars wizard of oz parallel

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