Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is not too far off. However, Disney made a move that brought forth speculation that spoilers could have been leaked at Salt Lake’s Fan Expo event. The corporation made a last minute decision to call off a panel featuring Ian McDiarmid and Hayden Christensen, according to ComicBook.com via the True Life Lessons Learned YouTube channel.
Disney is well known for keeping its Star Wars franchise content tight-lipped. This is the first time I’ve ever seen a move like this done by Disney. The videographer figured that the decision may have been due to the Star Wars 9 movie releasing in December.
Although McDiarmid has been confirmed to portray his old role, there is no confirmation of Christensen being in the flick. True Life Lessons Learned also thought that a panel featuring the two stars may have been telling of…something. That even having them there would be spoilery unto itself.
Posts in the Twitter-verse gave their take, one mentioned it was rumored that Disney had threaten litigation against FanX if they allowed the celebs to take front and center at the event.
The star wars spotlight panel at #fanx was cancelled. The rumor is that Disney threatened litigation if @fanxsaltlake allowed Hayden Christensen and Ian McDiarmid to speak for fear of leaks. These rumors have yet to be addressed by either organization.
— Alex Wood (@WoodyWood_Chuck) September 7, 2019
The duo also made an appearance at the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, according to report made by KUTV 2 News.
It would seem that Hayden’s public appearances could be telling of him being in The Rise of Skywalker. I would be curious on how this would be possible, since he’s dead. One would automatically think in the same fashion as Yoda did in The Last Jedi. It’s science fiction, so probably anything goes with the folks at Lucasfilm.
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