Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was originally going to feature a sub-plot with Rey building her yellow lightsaber throughout the final film.
The Force Awakens brought back Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber after Luke lost it during his battle with Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. In The Last Jedi, the Skywalker lightsaber was split in two, only to be reforged in The Rise of Skywalker. A common criticism of the Sequel Trilogy from some fans is that Rey doesn’t construct a lightsaber of her own. However, Rey does eventually build her own yellow lightsaber seen at the end of The Rise of Skywalker after burying Anakin, Luke and Leia’s lightsabers on Tatooine.
As it turns out, we were meant to see more of Rey’s new lightsaber in The Rise of Skywalker beyond the film’s ending. According to Lucasfilm creative art manager Phil Szostak, we were originally going to see Rey build the new lightsaber with the help of the Jedi texts as a subplot in The Rise of Skywalker before it was cut from the film:
The lightsaber was going to be in more than just one shot at the end. There was going to be a subplot throughout the film showing Rey working on it at her bench, using the Jedi texts as a guide.
— Phil Szostak (@PhilSzostak) May 16, 2020
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Here is the official synopsis for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:
Lucasfilm and director J. J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.
Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. The late Carrie Fisher appears as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
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