Star Wars fan brings scrapped Episode 9 script to life in a new web comic

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was the Episode 9 that made it to theaters. But we can now catch a glimpse of Colin Trevorrow's scrapped "Duel of the Fates" story, thanks to an incredible fan-made web comic.

But, first, a primer for the uninitiated: Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow was originally brought on to helm the final chapter in the Skywalker Saga, what we now know was meant to be called Duel of the Fates. He later departed, leaving J.J. Abrams to pick up the pieces with Rise of Skywalker.

Until relatively recently, Duel of the Fates was thought consigned to the dustbin of history. That is, until a legit leaked script floated around the internet – hinting at several major different story beats, including new arcs for Finn and Kylo Ren.

Now you can see how the story was originally due to unfold. On Twitter, artist Andrew Winegarner revealed his project: "I've been working the past year on a comic book adaptation of Colin Trevorrow's Star Wars Episode 9 script Duel of the Fates," while also adding that the finished project will comprise of seven issues.

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You can see Winegarner’s remarkable work on his Squarespace page. Even just a cursory glance at the issues speaks to his dedication in staying as close as possible to Trevorrow's script (joint-written with Derek Connolly). The adrenaline-pumping opening rescue by Rey and Kylo Ren's interactions with the Force Ghost of Luke Skywalker are all intact and accounted for.

Given that it's the closest we're likely ever going to come to seeing Colin Trevorrow's Episode 9, it's a must-read for Star Wars completionists. Until we get the #TrevorrowCut on Disney Plus in 2033, anyway.

For more on the (real) future in a galaxy far, far away, check out the upcoming Star Wars movies and shows currently in the works.

Bradley Russell

I'm the Senior Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.