One fan spots a mistake in the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer, proving that Kylo Ren's cape is indeed computer-generated. After debuting fans' first look at the upcoming JJ Abrams' directed and written project during Celebration back in April, Lucasfilm rolled out a new trailer for the movie, featuring a slew of never-before-seen sequences - including an epic fight between Rey and Kylo Ren. And one loyalist found an interesting tidbit in that particular sequence.
Picking up a year after the events of Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker will wrap up the Skywalker saga. Initially set to be helmed by Colin Trevorrow, his exit paved the way for Abrams to return to the galaxy far, far away and close the sequel trilogy (and main saga overall) that he started in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With just a few months left before it releases in theaters, fans' anticipation is building - some of them biding their time by scrutinizing every frame of the film's latest trailer, and resulting in one devoted follower discovering said detail.
Shared on Reddit by user officialjfftv (via CBR) is the trailer snippet of Kylo Ren and Rey's fight in The Rise of Skywalker. There's a lot to dissect in the bit, but they zoomed in on the shot where the camera shows the reflection of the former where his cape is noticeably nowhere to be found, confirming that Ben Solo's black flowing cape is indeed CGI-added. Given this, fans in the comments section provide their own theory how the scene was filmed. Check out the post below:
It's fascinating that as small of a detail that is, some eagle-eyed fans are still discussing it. This is a testament to how devoted Star Wars loyalists are that they dissect every second of new material to come out for Lucasfilm's projects, especially the films. However, everything seems to be on a different level for The Rise of Skywalker considering that even after two official sneak peeks, there's barely anything known about the threequel's plot. It doesn't help that The Last Jedi left the characters in very different situations, so anything can basically happen to them moving forward.
The use of CGI is obviously not new. Considering its setting, the visual effects work is very important in the space opera franchise. It's not difficult to understand why Abrams opted to add Kylo Ren's cape digitally, considering the environment in which the sequence is set, not to mention that he must want to make it as cool-looking as possible. With more than three months left before its showtime, artists and filmmakers still have plenty of time to polish and improve Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
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