The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was released on March 31, and the book has details on a few rejected storylines and characters that didn’t make it into the film.
Polygon says Finn was going to have a long-lost brother, Finn and Poe were supposed to have a mini adventure involving an encryption device, and more rejected script ideas are detailed in the art book.
It was once written in the script that Finn has a brother who would help in the destruction of the First Order. That sibling would supposedly have been stranded on a world filled with garbage, but had an important piece of information that would lead the heroes to victory.
Also, Finn and Poe were supposed to go on a quest that involved an encryption device. Stormtroopers were going to invade a bar on a snow-covered planet, which somehow would’ve jeopardized the device. The location developed into Kijimi, which is the place where Rey, Finn and Poe meet up with Zorrii Bliss and Babu Frik.
Speaking of Babu Frik, the character was originally a chef but was molded in with another character into the droidsmith that was seen in the final movie. That other character was an old, blind shipbuilder associated with Rey’s upbringings on Jakku.
Rey, Finn and Poe would’ve visited the blind character, but the location was changed to the desert planet, Pasaana, and the three heroes meet up with Lando Calrissian instead. The droid D-0 would’ve also been a part of that original sequence with the blind woman, and would’ve been one of many machines that followed the old shipbuilder around her home.
Poe had a few different storylines that never saw the light of day. A scene would’ve had him on a swampy planet trying to get up-river with a bunch of pirates as his crew. Another had him captured by an old gang he was affiliated with. Neither of those scenes make it into the film, although Poe runs into old friends during the sequence on Kijimi.
There are also some images of Kylo Ren’s friend, the Oracle. That character was a hairless, spider-esque creature that would’ve directed Kylo Ren to Exegol. More details on that character were released in the Rise of Skywalker novelization. The Oracle never made it into the final film, because the filmmakers didn’t want a prolonged explanation for how Kylo Ren got to Exegol. Instead, the movie began with Kylo Ren obtaining a Sith wayfinder that leads him to Exegol.
As for plot details that never changed, Polygon says the hidden fleet of First Order ships and the Sith temple were in the script from very early on.
And, yes, there is art of a tank designed to look like BB-8. Gizmodo has pictures from the book and reports that concept designer Jake Lunt Davies wasn’t taking the BB-8 tank design too seriously.
“I was just having some fun with this tank. I’m not sure I would have actually wanted to see it realized in the final film,” Davies said.
These are far from the only Rise of Skywalker details to be released since the movie debuted in December. Here are 17 details from the Rise of Skywalker novelization and a Jedi actor talking about the process behind his cameo. And for more concept art from The Art of Rise of Skywalker, check out five exclusive images.
Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN.