Skip to main content

Dark Rey Channels Palpatine's Royal Guards in Chilling The Rise of Skywalker Art

We have another alternative look at Dark Rey from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Artist Adam Brockbank has been sharing several alternative looks that were considered for one of Daisy Ridley's biggest moments in the finale of the Skywalker saga. In this case, Rey is channeling a different figure from the dark side in the form of Palpatine's Royal Guard.

Taking to Instagram, Concept Artist Adam Brockbank revealed a new piece of art that was done early on during pre-production. It sees Rey, looking pale with yellow eyes, much like her grandfather Palpatine. But it's her wardrobe choice here that is particularly interesting, as she is clad in villainous red robes, which are reminiscent of the Royal Guard, aka the Red Guard, that we first saw in Return of the Jedi. It is also cut from the same cloth as the Praetorian Guards, who Rey battled alongside Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi. Brockbank provided the following caption with the image.

RELATED: The Rise of Skywalker Is Streaming on Disney+ 2 Months Early This Star Wars Day "Another Dark Rey from early on in pre-production #starwars #artofriseofskywalker #starwarsconceptart"

In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, director J.J. Abrams gave us this Dark Rey moment at a crucial time. Rey had been tasked with retrieving the Sith Wayfinder from the wreckage of the second Death Star. Ultimately, that took her to Palpatine's old throne room. Rey had a Force dream while inside the wreckage and was confronted with an evil version of herself, clocked in a black hood, rocking a double-bladed lightsaber, not unlike Darth Maul's. In the version we got, which was initially teased in a trailer ahead of the movie's release, Rey looked a little more like Palpatine. This version was a major departure.

Another early version of this moment saw Rey looking almost identical to her nefarious grandfather, while yet another version, instead, had her channeling Kylo Ren. This red-robed look, though impressive as a standalone image, seems to be the farthest departure, thematically speaking, from what that scene was trying to accomplish. It makes sense that the filmmakers ultimately decided to go with something that more closely resembled Palpatine, given that the Sith Lord wanted her to take his place. But it is, nonetheless, interesting to get a peek behind the curtain into the development process.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker proved to be divisive, but found success, grossing $1 billion at the global box office. Though, it was recently found to be the least profitable entry in Disney's sequel trilogy. Episode IX served as the last Star Wars movie we will be getting for some time, as the studio intends to take a break until at least December 2022, which is when the next entry in the franchise is currently dated. For now, there is no official word on what that movie will look like, but there are persistent rumors of a story set during the Old Republic. Be sure to check out the art for yourself from Adam Brockbank's Instagram.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

History of Art Timeline

The historical past of art is usually told as a chronology of masterpieces created during each civilization. It can thus be framed as a narrative of high culture, epitomized by the Wonders of the World. On any other hand, vernacular art expressions can even be integrated into art historic narratives, called folk arts or craft. The more intently that an art historian engages with these latter sorts of low culture, the much more likely it is that they will determine their work as analyzing visual culture or cloth culture, or as contributing to fields associated with art historical past, akin to anthropology or archaeology. In the latter cases, art gadgets may be called archeological artifacts. Surviving art from this era comprises small carvings in stone or bone and cave painting. The first traces of human-made gadgets appeared in southern Africa, the Western Mediterranean, Central and Eastern Europe Adriatic Sea, Siberia Baikal Lake, India, and Australia. These first traces are generall

How to Show Art Work when the Gallery Says No Thanks

There are places in the town where you live where you can show your artwork when the big gallery you solicited said, "No, thanks." Other artists may need to find venues other than galleries to show their artworks as well. Visual artists living in art-rich communities where there is a lot of local competition will need to get creative about display opportunities. Or on the other hand, in towns without large art venues, it is important for artists to find smaller and less obvious places to show your art. How to Show Art Work When The Gallery Says No Thanks 1. Show Where You Go The most successful approach to finding a place in your town to display your artwork is to solicit a place that you go to frequently. Make a list of all the places you go to each day, each week, and each month. Make a special trip, or the next time you visit note if the establishment currently exhibits any artwork, if it is local, and if it is for sale. Also note if they have available wall s

Book review (nonfiction): Form or function? In the history of poster art, the two sides are constantly at war

“Who takes the eye takes all,” said Mary Lowndes of the Artists’ Suffrage League in the early 1900s, neatly summarizing the need for striking graphics on the banners that suffragists were making for their marches. Lowndes’ statement could serve as the motto for all those who attempt to persuade by visual means, be they propagandists for political parties or advertisers selling soap. “The Poster,” edited by Gill Saunders and Margaret Timmers of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, is a beautiful and entertaining account of the history of the medium, illustrated with examples drawn from the museum’s extensive collection. While handbill-sized fliers affixed to surfaces had long been in existence, it was the development of the large-scale color lithographic technique, with images composed of several pieces that could be pasted together into one picture, that made possible the explosion of graphic media campaigns in the 19th century. The first-rate artists who