The folks behind Star Wars have made secret-keeping and leak prevention into something of an art form ever since Disney took over the franchise. So it’s a bit of a surprise to hear from J.J. Abrams himself that not only did someone manage to lose a Rise of Skywalker script, it even appeared on eBay for everyone to bid on.
Chatting about this heart-rate raising moment on Good Morning America, the director said one of his stars – he wouldn’t name who – left their Rise of Skywalker script “under their bed” and it was found by the cleaner, who gave it to a Star Wars-loving friend – who then promptly put it up on eBay.
Now before you go scouring eBay for this Rise of Skywalker script, Abrams said Disney caught wind of it and quickly got it back before Star Wars nerds parted with their life savings in an attempt to gain access to this treasure chest of secrets before the film’s December 20 release date.
While some folks would’ve been wary of getting their hands on the script for fear of spoilers, the temptation of the Dark Side might’ve been too great given how Rise of Skywalker is the grand conclusion of everything (until the new films arrive in 2022). Plus there’s the interesting tidbit of how Abrams picked George Lucas’ brain for ideas on how to end the Sequel Trilogy, which makes things even more intriguing.
But alas, we’re starting to delve into ‘what if” territory now so let’s just give props to Disney for somehow containing the leak and maintaining its reputation for being the Fort Knox of spoilers.
This just leaves one remaining question about this weird little Rise of Skywalker story: who was the one who left their script for the cleaner to find?
Presumably it’s one of the leading stars since they’re likely the only ones who have access to the script. We can only assume that they had to have a very uncomfortable chat with J.J. Abrams and their Disney bosses about losing such an important item.
If we were to hazard a guess, our money is on either John Boyega or Oscar Isaac because we can’t really see Daisy Ridley or Adam Driver being so careless.