Damon Lindelof's STAR WARS Movie Was Going To Revolve Around An Elderly Rey Skywalker

Damon Lindelof's STAR WARS Movie Was Going To Revolve Around An Elderly Rey Skywalker

Steve Knight is currently rewriting Lucasfilm's Star Wars movie set during the New Jedi Order era, and it's now been revealed that Damon Lindelof's version actually revolved around an elderly Rey Skywalker.

By JoshWilding - Apr 28, 2023 07:04 PM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars
Source: SFFGazette.com

When it was first revealed that Lucasfilm had tapped Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson to pen a new Star Wars movie, excitement among fans was palpable. After all, the former has serious geek credentials after working on everything from Star Trek to HBO's Watchmen, while the latter counts the likes of The Strain and Counterpart among his credits.

Prior to Star Wars Celebration, we learned that they had exited the project (whether that was their choice remains a mystery to us but it seems doubtful), with Peaky Blinders' Steven Knight stepping in to take their place for director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

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At the aforementioned event, it was confirmed that the project is set 15 years after the events of the Skywalker Saga. The movie will see Daisy Ridley reprise her beloved role as Rey and tells the story of rebuilding the New Jedi Order and the powers that rise to tear it down. 

However, one reliable insider has now revealed just how much Lindelof's vision differed. 

He clearly planned to jump much further into this Galaxy's future, skipping the formation of the new Jedi Order and taking us to a point where Rey's life is nearing its end and she's in the midst of training two Jedi Knights who would presumably be the focal point of future stories.

That would have been one way to finally move on from the Skywalker Saga, but it's clear now that Lucasfilm had other ideas and doesn't want to gloss over the time Rey Skywalker spent trying to restore the place of Jedi as the Galaxy's protectors. Honestly, it feels like the studio made the right choice this time. 

Rumour has it Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who worked with Lindelof on Watchmen, was the movie's male lead but has since left the project. 

What do you guys think about these scrapped Star Wars plans?

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grif
grif - 4/28/2023, 7:02 PM
lol

CoHost
CoHost - 4/28/2023, 7:04 PM
Helen Mirren wasn't available!
MaxPaint
MaxPaint - 4/28/2023, 8:42 PM
@CoHost - They can always CGI Betty White back from the dead.
SonOfAGif
SonOfAGif - 4/28/2023, 7:13 PM
Not interested in another old Jedi trying to rebuild the order story.
Kurban
Kurban - 4/28/2023, 7:28 PM
By that point you may as well have just scrapped the sequels entirely and made a movie starring Mark Hamill as Luke. But Disney hates money apparently
TheUnworthyThor
TheUnworthyThor - 4/28/2023, 7:28 PM
And that’s why sometimes executives are right.
EnergyVamp
EnergyVamp - 4/28/2023, 8:00 PM
I'd rather see two young new faces than a continuation of Rey Palpatine who is good at everything and Finn who is jaded by star wars.
DarthOmega
DarthOmega - 4/28/2023, 8:05 PM
Sigh.

Tf are they doing over there at Lucasfilm?
MaxPaint
MaxPaint - 4/28/2023, 8:49 PM
I mean why not? Time to put star wars out of its misery, one more horrible, lackluster trilogy, once and for all.
DocSpock
DocSpock - 4/28/2023, 8:50 PM


Whatever you whores in the mouse house do, NEVER let that world destroyer fake bleeding heart over virtue signaling Abrams anywhere near Star Wars again.



EgoEgor
EgoEgor - 4/28/2023, 8:52 PM
I see how everyone is dismissive of this, but I'm always weary when a great writer leaves. Damon Lindlelof is a great writer, imo. The Leftover is honestly one of the most underappreciated masterpiece show ever, Lost and Watchmen are amazing as well. It could've been a great film. Star Wars executives don't seem good at picking quality stories based on current track record.
tmp3
tmp3 - 4/28/2023, 10:01 PM
@EgoEgor - leftovers is one of the greatest shows of all time imo
mountainman
mountainman - 4/28/2023, 9:28 PM
I don’t care what age she is, continuing Rey Palpatine’s story in any way is really lame. It’s so disappointing that they are going to use a Palpatine to rebuild the Jedi order. Had they kept her a nobody I would have been more ok with it.
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 4/29/2023, 4:46 AM
@mountainman - it’s actually the ultimate spit in the face to Sheev, though. His own granddaughter rejected him, killed him, and rebuilt what he spent his entire life trying to destroy. As George would say, it’s poetry.
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 4/29/2023, 6:02 AM
@mountainman - They had a Skywalker rebuild it last time. A child of Darth Vader.
mountainman
mountainman - 4/29/2023, 8:38 AM
@PlusUltra - I get that is what they are trying to go with, but that whole Storyline of Rey being a Palpatine, killing a cloned Emperor, then taking the Skywalker name was so utterly horrible. Episode 9 was so bad that it made 8 better in retrospect.
mountainman
mountainman - 4/29/2023, 8:39 AM
@ObserverIO - Yeah, funny how Luke, the original hero of Star Wars failed at rebuilding the Jedi Irder (which books have told the story of quite well before) but not Rey has to know show him how to do it right.
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 4/29/2023, 12:59 PM
@mountainman - Rise of Skywalker was like somebody getting the recipe to my favorite meal and then rolling them up in a tablecloth and ass-raping me with them.
bobevanz
bobevanz - 4/28/2023, 9:44 PM
Other than The Leftovers, he's basically a hack in every sense. I'm not surprised
tmp3
tmp3 - 4/28/2023, 10:03 PM
One of my issues with Rey is that Daisy Ridley is just… kind of a boring screen presence. With an stronger actress, and a writer as good as Lindelof, maybe she could have been great. As-is, this movie sounds like a mess
AvalonX
AvalonX - 4/28/2023, 10:18 PM
You know the original premise of TFA wasn't terrible. I mean the whole Jedi and Luke being this unconfirmed legend. It was poorly executed because timeline wise, it was like if everyone forget what happened in 2003.

If they want to move past the Skywalker stuff so bad just go like 200 years into the future and start over. Don't even have Rey start a new order. Just leave it be and introduce new characters and some threat arises where the Jedi need to return.

You can even do the reverse, have the Sith be the ruling class and a few of them who are already trained turn good and help start some kind of new rebellion. You can bring Rey in as a force ghost to get them going.
inkniron
inkniron - 4/28/2023, 11:15 PM
It's clear now that Lucasfilm had other ideas and doesn't want to gloss over the time Rey Skywalker spent trying to restore the place of Jedi as the Galaxy's protectors.

Sure, But it was perfectly fine to treat Luke like that
CassianAndor
CassianAndor - 4/30/2023, 4:27 AM
@inkniron - Well to see fair, Daisy Ridley is still young enough to actually tell those stories. It’s really George Lucas’s fault we never got anymore young Luke adventures.
SpideyPuffsMJ
SpideyPuffsMJ - 4/28/2023, 11:46 PM
Wow Damon, what an original idea
Matchesz
Matchesz - 4/29/2023, 3:08 AM
Not a bad idea. Every trilogy fast forwards to a place in the future anyways. It would be weird to have another trilogy with Rey still in her prime when Luke couldnt get two trilogies in his prime
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 4/29/2023, 4:47 AM
Actually like this idea, but we’ll get old Rey eventually. Maybe even sooner if they do a time jump.
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 4/29/2023, 6:04 AM
I really wanna read this script.
Fogs
Fogs - 4/29/2023, 7:45 AM
Gotta make that 4 Billion cow worth it.
LSHF
LSHF - 4/29/2023, 10:29 PM
She has aged well.
CassianAndor
CassianAndor - 4/30/2023, 4:30 AM
How would this have been “moving on from the Skywalker saga”? Having an old Rey supporting a new generation of heroes would effectively make this Episode X.
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