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Does the Marketing for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Mean Movie Leaks Are True?

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BY December 5, 2019
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Both Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams are notoriously secretive about upcoming projects. Yet, nonetheless, things still leak out from the set and production company offices. With recent TV spots promoting the newest film, Star Wars spoiler-hounds took notice. A recent promo known as “Dagger,” has some suggesting that the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker movie leaks are “true.” This is significant, because many people out there claim to have insider information. Yet, more often than not, they are people just engaging in educated guesses or outright fanfiction.

For example, there is a YouTube personality named Mike Zeroh who is notoriously wrong about all of his alleged “leaks.” He’s so incorrect, that moderators at the Star Wars Leaks subreddit don’t even allow his videos to be posted to the wider audience. There is another YouTube personality who wears a giant cardboard mask painted silver who exploits the angriest Star Wars fans with tales that confirm their biases. This goofball got some traction when claimed that people “walked out” of test screenings for the film. (Of course, J.J. Abrams later revealed they’d done no test screenings for the movie.)

Yet, other folks on the internet end up with more convincing information. Some prove their sources’ reliability thanks to predictions made about the previous movies. Just 16 or so days away from the premiere, almost the entire plot of the film has leaked. (If you believe them.)

Since, I am not afraid of spoilers, I dove into these Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker movie leaks to see what, if anything, the marketing confirms. Warning, we’ll be discussing these leaks below which could be spoilers.

What the Marketing Proves from the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Movie Leaks

The above TV spot, titled “Dagger” shows plenty of short new snippets from the film. The one that is most relevant is the shot of Rey looking at the Death Star II wreckage while holding up a dagger. This dagger has been spotted in trailers and TV spots, usually in Rey’s hand while she fights Kylo Ren in the white room. However, for those who’ve read the supposed movie leaks from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker it signifies that at least part of them are real.

In the leaks, a “Sith dagger” is mentioned as being a key item driving the plot in the film. The dagger has writing on it, which we can see in the TV spot. Reportedly, C3PO will be unable to translate this writing, due to his programming. This is what leads them to the small, cute alien Babu Frik. It also plays into why he says he’s taking “one last look at my friends.” However, the movie leaks for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker say that the message on the dagger points to a “wayfinder” device. Yet, in this clip, it appears that the dagger is the wayfinder device. Rey holds it up to the wreckage as if it is a kind of space-compass.

Also, the leaks suggest that Rey finds both the dagger and Chewie’s bandolier in Kylo’s room. A shot from another TV spot (below) shows Chewie running in a First Order hallway sans bandolier. So, some of what we see does line up with the movie leaks for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Just Because Some Leaks Are True, Doesn’t Mean They All Are

Since Disney first announced they were making new Star Wars films, your humble correspondent has been a spoiler-hound. Early rumors that suggested Luke Sykwalker had no lines in The Force Awakens proved to be true, despite my scoffing at them repeatedly. Yet, because most of these leaks come from people who are tangentially connected to the films or outright anonymous they can be hard to prove until the film comes out. So, while the leaks identified a dagger in the film early on, it seems possible that there is some educated guessing or outright fanfiction included in them. For example, the whole idea of a wayfinder device being separate from the dagger. This appears to be incorrect, since the marketing shows Rey using the actual dagger as a kind of compass. However, that the dagger exists, has writing on it, and is present with Rey in Kylo’s room means some of it is true.

The Episode IX spoilerboard represents a full compilation of all the credible leaks that have hit the internet so far. Yet, it’s absolutely possible that much of it is not accurate. Whether misread by the source or changed later in production, these things are not totally confirmed. The role the dagger plays in the film may or may not be known. However, it’s definitely in the film in some way.

Should You Read the Movie Leaks for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

Star WArs Rise of Skywalker Movie Leaks Rey Jumping Image via screengrab

With slightly more than two weeks until the movie debuts, it’s almost a moot point. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be in theaters shortly, so it’s likely best to just forget the leaks. Check them out if you want. I’ve always found that spoilers help you prepare for the movie you’re getting rather than the movie you are hoping for. I am certain that if I went into The Force Awakens not already knowing Han’s fate, I’d have likely hated that movie for a little bit. (My mother, a lifelong Harrison Ford stan still can’t rewatch that part.) So, I think spoilers actually can enhance the moviegoing experience, especially for a franchise like Star Wars.

However, if you do check out the leaks, try to keep an open mind. The scene with Leia using the Force from The Last Jedi was leaked in a way that made the scene sound silly. Seeing it play out as it did was much more powerful and exciting than described. So, the danger in spoilers is not ruining a surprise but allowing it to ruin how you’ll react to a poorly described moment. Still, if you’ve made it unspoiled this long, might as well just hold out until the film drops.

What do you think? Share your thoughts, theories, and reactions in the comments below.

Featured image via screengrab

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.

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