Director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm have tried to keep a tight lid on The Rise of Skywalker and, so far, they've done a pretty good job. But one unnamed actor almost compromised the entire situation, as they let a full script for the movie get into the wrong hands, and those hands put the script for sale on eBay. Yes, a real Star Wars 9 script was indeed for sale online. Luckily, the studio stepped in before it was sold.
J.J. Abrams has been making the rounds to promote Episode IX lately and recently stopped by Good Morning America. When asked about how much everyone knew about the ending during filming, J.J. Abrams made the pretty amazing reveal. The filmmaker refused to divulge which Star Wars 9 actor was responsible for the leak, but this carelessness could have led to big problems for the movie. Here's what Abrams had to say about it.
"The actors knew. The security is insane. The company, they were really nervous about anything getting out. So they had only a handful of scripts and they were printed on crazy uncopyable paper. Then one of our actors, I'm not going to say which one, I want to, but I won't, left it under their bed and it was found by someone who was cleaning their place. And it was given to someone else, who then went to sell it on eBay."
We've heard about these insane security measures in the past, which makes this confirmation all the more surprising. It also means that, whoever this actor was, they were surely big enough to be trusted with one of these small number of scripts. What's not clear is whether or not they were punished over the incident. Speaking further, Abrams confirmed that they were able to retrieve the script before any real damage was done.
"Someone at the company said, 'You know, there's a script that looks like it's a legitimate script that's for sale on eBay.' They got it back before it sold. With all of that security, you've got to be careful."
With new clips, photos and TV spots arriving more steadily now, the movie's secrets are starting to unravel a tiny bit. With that said, much remains mysterious. This movie will give us a conclusion to the saga that Geroge Lucas started all those years ago with A New Hope in 1977. Palpatine is back. The First Order and the Resistance will be battling it out for the fate of the galaxy.
The stakes are high. But the specifics remain under lock and key. Though, had things gone another way, all of this movie's secrets could have been out there in the world and it would have been far more difficult for Lucasfilm to clean up the mess. Fortunately, that didn't happen. The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20. Be sure to check out the full interview clip from the Good Morning America Twitter account.
.@starwars launched 42 years ago. And 24 days from now, the final chapter will be revealed in theaters! We are THRILLED to have director @jjabrams with us this morning — and he’s sharing an EXCLUSIVE clip from #TheRiseOfSkywalker! pic.twitter.com/gOfUTGWzpW— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 25, 2019