Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker may include the return of another major franchise character. Earlier this month, Lucasfilm finally shared some details about their highly-anticipated blockbuster, which has been kept under a shroud of secrecy. During Celebration Chicago, the film's first teaser trailer debuted, revealing the surprise return of Sheev Palpatine. The Emperor, overarching villain of the first two trilogies, is the one who ties the entire Skywalker saga together.
Of course, Palpatine isn't the only legacy character who will be appearing in the film. Prior to production starting, the studio announced Mark Hamill would reprise Luke Skywalker once more, and the late Carrie Fisher would appear as General Leia Organa via archived footage from the earlier movies. But if the latest reports are to be believed, The Rise of Skywalker will include another fan-favorite - even though he died at the end of The Force Awakens.
According to Making Star Wars, none other than Harrison Ford filmed a scene for the upcoming movie. Details are vague, but allegedly Han Solo would appear to Kylo Ren as a vision conjured up by Luke. Han would then tell his son "it isn't too late," seemingly referring to Ben Solo's possible redemption. One of the outlet's sources claimed this part happens after Kylo tells Darth Vader's helmet to "show him the darkness again." Luke apparently intervenes by making Ben see his fallen father instead. Screen Rant contacted Disney for comment and will update this space accordingly.
At the end of The Last Jedi, it looked like Kylo Ren had firmly pledged allegiance to the darkness (even Leia lost faith in him), but perhaps Ben Solo's trademark inner turmoil remains. The character, after all, is emotionally erratic and has difficulty following his own mantras, so it wouldn't be surprising if he was still torn apart. But with so little information available, it's hard to speculate on the context of this sequence. It could be a last-ditch effort by Luke to save Ben and bring him back to the light, only for Kylo to reject his family once again. From the sound of things, Kylo is having a moment of weakness or uncertainty, so another possibility is he needs guidance (maybe dealing with the rumored threat from "The Beyond") and Luke reaches out. It'll be interesting to see how things play out, considering this is true.
Regardless of how this scene fits into the film, the biggest story here is that Ford is (reportedly) back as Han Solo to help close out the Skywalker saga. Many fans were hoping The Rise of Skywalker might feature a flashback sequence that reunites the original trilogy's big three (one of the biggest missed opportunities in the sequels, according to Hamill), but this would essentially be the next best thing. Luke, Han, and Leia - heroes of the original film - would all have roles in the series' closing chapter, which would be a nice, emotional touch.
Source: Making Star Wars
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