Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer Brings Back Unused Concept Design For The Sith Throne

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The final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker just dropped, and fans are ecstatic to find out what's going to happen in the film. Using screenshots and stills from the trailer, fans are trying their best to check out some details that they could've missed. One particular set piece that stood out in the trailer is Palpatine's throne room, which actually has an interesting info about it.

If you recall, the first trailer teased Palpatine's return in Episode IX. Though we didn't get to see his face in the new trailer, we were offered a glimpse of Palpatine's throne room. Phil Szostak, Lucasfilm's creative art manager, revealed that original Star Wars artist Ralph McQuarrie designed the throne to use for Return of The Jedi. You can check out his tweet below.

McQuarrie was responsible for bringing life to George Lucas' ideas for his trilogy. Although the said concept design from the 1980's wasn't initially used in ROTJ, it seems like Abrams preferred it enough to feature the design in Episode IX.

Fans could notice the difference of the throne from the previous ones used in the trilogy. Seeing that the throne is surrounded by rocky spikes, this particular design has more of a darker and royal feel to it.

Abrams using McQuarrie's early concept designs tells us how much of an influence he was as the original artist for the franchise. Since this is the last film to conclude the Skywalker Saga, the design for the throne is a perfect fit.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres on December 20, 2019.

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