SALT LAKE CITY — Last weekend, Lucasfilm announced a lineup of “Star Wars”-themed books that will be released prior to the “Rise of Skywalker” premiere.
One of those books is called “The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which is said to be a behind-the-scenes concept book about the new film. We got our first look at the cover of the book when Lucasfilm released it Saturday.
“The Art of Star Wars” cover shows Rey in a lightsaber duel with Kylo Ren, who is suspended upside down in what looks like a pool of water beneath her. Fans are speculating that this cover has a lot of things to say about the plot of the new film. Here’s why.
One of the most interesting things about the cover is the way it puts Kylo Ren over a blue backdrop and Rey over a red one. Red and blue are the colors historically used in the films to depict the dark side and the light side.
The fact that Kylo is over a blue backdrop and Rey is over a red one may hint at multiple things, like Rey’s struggle against the dark side or maybe even a redemption arc for Kylo. The inversion is certainly significant.
Kylo and Rey’s positions
The Nerdist has pointed out that Kylo and Rey’s faces are directly mirroring each other in the cover art with their sabers crossed as if they are the same person. This could further hint at a storyline about identity and conflict with the dark side and maybe Kylo and Ren’s relationship.
A big theory here is that Kylo and Rey are working together in “The Rise of Skywalker,” which could also be confirmed by the trailer.
At the beginning of the trailer, Rey can be seen bracing herself for the approach of a TIE fighter assumed to be Kylo Ren’s. She then jumps right over it.Comment on this story
Some have surmised that because the TIE fighter isn’t shooting at Rey and because the two are alone in the middle of the desert, they are in fact training together, not fighting each other.
This theory could hold water, as others have pointed out that Kylo Ren appears to be fighting the evil Knights of Ren in a later frame.
With the hint of Palpatine’s return in “The Rise of Skywalker” trailer, Kylo Ren’s place in the series is further complicated. Could he come back to the light side and fight alongside Rey to defeat Palpatine? Or will the film simply focus on the complex relationship between light and dark?
We’ll find out when the film releases Dec. 20.