Concept artist Adam Brockbank shared a piece of early concept work for The Rise of Skywalker, showing a battle that could have been.
Concept artist Adam Brockbank recently shared another tantalizing glimpse of a Star Wars Episode IX what it might have been: a piece of early concept art for The rise of Skywalker depicting Rey and Kylo Ren dueling at Lars’ old farm on Tatooine.
In the finished film, Rey and Kylo have their climactic duel among the ruins of the second Death Star, but it seems that sometime early, their battle might have taken place somewhere else rich in Star Wars history. In an Instagram post of some early concept work, Brockbank shared his description of Rey and Kylo dueling on Lars’ farm in the desert world of Tatooine. The farm is where Luke Skywalker first appears in A new hope, and it’s where he was last seen at the end of Revenge of the Sith. Left by Obi-Wan Kenobi in the care of his father’s stepbrother Owen Lars and Owen’s wife Beru, Luke grew up on the dusty planet knowing nothing of his powerful ancestry.
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The angle that Brockbank uses in this concept sketch, referred to by the artist as “Tangerine Dream”, is drawn from virtually the same perspective as the viewers ‘first view of Lars’ farm in A new hope, an image powerfully familiar to lovers of the first Star Wars movie. Lars’ farm is a touchstone of the Star Wars saga, connecting the prequels with the original trilogy, where the Lars family gave audiences their first look at everyday life in the Star Wars galaxy.
Brockbank has worked as a concept artist for 20 years. While you have some Star Wars credits to his credit, not to mention Marvel’s Captain America the First Avenger, is perhaps best known for his work on Harry Potter Movie (s. Brockbank worked on all eight installments of the magical franchise.
Concept art, such as work contributed by Brockbank The rise of Skywalker, its predecessor The last jedi and the intergalactic caper movie Solo: A Star Wars Story, does not always appear on the screen. None Star Wars Fans familiar with the concept art Ralph McQuarrie did for the original trilogy know how much amazing concept work can go unused in the finished product.
While much of Brockbank’s work is tied to some of the most controversial films in the world, Star Wars franchise, sequel trilogy fans and naysayers alike can appreciate the work he can share, showing the world of possibilities that could have been in that galaxy far, far away.
Directed and co-written by JJ Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The movie is now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD and Disney +.
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