Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker might have painted Hux (Domhnall Gleeson)as a traitor to the First Order and a coward, but it seems like the eternally angry rival of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) had a very different arc in Colin Trevorrow's script for Star Wars: Episode IX.
Tapping into Duel of the Fates, Trevorrow's unused script for the third and final entry in Disney's Star Wars sequel trilogy, Comic Book Resources points out major character changes for Hux.
In Trevorrow's version of Episode IX, Hux is promoted to Chancellor after presiding over the conquered Coruscant. At a certain point in Trevorrow's script, Hux enters his quarters protecting a collection of Jedi and Sith artifacts. In the same scene in the script, the Chancellor tries to move a coin using the Force.
Unfortunately, he fails and "his face grows red from trying." Kylo Ren then walks into the room to see the Chancellor's failed attempt at using the Force.
Trevorrow's script clearly gives fans a chance to know Hux better, revealing the character's impossible desire for Power. The Chancellor tries to use the Force again, this time on a captured Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) and he fails a second time.
These personal defeats weigh on Hux, and when the Resistance begins to overcome the First Order on Coruscant, the Chancellor decides to commit seppuku using one of the artifacts in his collection.
"Hux storms into his lush chamber. Goes to the collector's case. Removes one of his prized vintage lightsabers. He activates it and IMPALES HIMSELF WITH THE PURPLE BLADE. Hux kneels, the glowing saber protruding from his chest as First Order ships descend in smoke and fire out the window," the script reads.
While the Duel of the Fates may not be perfect, it certainly helped give Hux a better backstory and ending than The Rise of Skywalker.
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