10 Awesome Star Wars: Duel Of The Fates Moments We'll Never Get To See

Episode IX could have been SO MUCH BETTER!

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When the new Star Wars trilogy was first announced, it was Jurassic World's Colin Trevorrow that was set to direct Episode IX rather than the returning J.J. Abrams. Ultimately, Trevorrow left the project, and was replaced by the director of The Force Awakens. What Abrams gave us with the Rise of Skywalker was incredibly divisive, and left fans wondering what could have been.

Well, thanks now to several sources on the internet, originally brought to light by YouTuber Robert Meyer Burnett, we have a skeleton of what Colin Trevorrow and writing partner Derek Connolly's script would have looked like.

While the script contains a lot that clearly inspired parts of the Rise of Skywalker, the movie titled the Duel of the Fates would have been very different. Rather than simply pretending the Last Jedi didn't exist, Trevorrow seemingly embraced Episode VIII in what feels like a stronger ending to the Skywalker saga than what we got.

Certain characters would have played a much bigger part, while others much smaller parts, as we would have returned to several iconic Star Wars locations. With less MacGuffins and a simpler story, the Duel of the Fates would have been simply awesome. Unfortunately however, apart from the script and now some newly leaked concept art, we'll never get to see what could've been...

10. The Knights Of Ren

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From even before the Force Awakens was released, there was a lot of mystery and intrigue surrounding the Knights of Ren. However, Kylo's loyal followers have never been given any real screen time other than towards the end of Rise of Skywalker, and we still don't really know any more about them than we did five years ago.

While they were never going to be a huge part of Duel of the Fates, they would have been at least featured and explored more so than before.

For starters, the individual names of Ren's disciples would have been revealed, before being sent after Rey and Poe in their aesthetically awesome ship, the Knife-9. From the looks of it, this would have been an epic chase sequence through the streets and across the waters of Bonadan, a new planet created for Duel of the Fates.

Instead of battling Kylo at the conclusion of Rise of Skywalker, showing more allegiance to the Emperor than the man after whom their group is named, the Knights would have bowed out at the hands of Rey. Not only would this have given the group a meaningful battle to fight, it would have gone a long way toward showing how much Rey had grown as a warrior and a Jedi since the end of Episode VIII.

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