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D23 Rise of Skywalker footage: Did Rey really go Darkside?

August 24th, 2019 by Marc Comments

So, it looks like footage from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was shown at D23 but won’t be released to us common folk.

So, what happened?

Well, word is the footage had a montage from all the movies so far, footage of Rey, Finn and Poe, big spaceships, underwater fights and more but the footage that did have a couple of interesting things.

Firstly, Rey appeared in Sith robes wielding a Darth Maul-esque double-bladed red lightsaber (check out the cool art based on it above) and secondly… Emperor Palpatine was talking to her!

Now, in an interview at the event Daisy Ridley said to reporters that she was shocked they showed that in the footage but I doubt that’s true.

Could this be a misdirect? A flashback, perhaps? Who knows… hopefully we’ll all see the footage soon, thought.


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….