Star Wars: Episode IX's title was predicted 7 years ago by a twitter user.
The Internet burst into commotion this past weekend with the announcement of the latest Star Wars film’s title, but one Twitter user may not have been quite as surprised.
It all happened at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, where the title of Episode IX was officially announced as – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Fans immediately began delving into the title trying to determine its meaning, but recently it was discovered that a random tweet from 2012 predicted the title and now it is gaining undivided attention.
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“Star Wars Episode 7 The Rise of Skywalker. The Emperor lives” reads the tweet of a Twitter user GabbyG41. She would later add this with,
"Imperial guards rescue him from submersion healing him with General Grievous parts, the 6 million republican credit man haha."
The series of writings were originally posted to the social media website on the date, Nov. 21, 2012, nearly seven years before the film title would be made available to the public.
Sure, all of the predictions didn’t come true, but it's still a strangely accurate forecast. The episode number deters by two, but the wording of the title is unerring. More impressive is the spot on guessing of Palpatine's return.
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All prophecies prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens was that the films would be uniquely set apart from the original trilogy, and both The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi lived up to that assurance. The return of Emperor Palpatine is such a surprise that it became Twitter's hottest topic, and one of it's most eminent memes.
Star Wars fans have become unusually accurate at fathoming the titles of films before their release. Two years prior to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one message board user on TheForce.net correctly approximated the title in a speculation thread for the name of the then-untitled Episode VII. When approached by the forum’s administrators, the user confirmed it was just a shot in the dark guess based on the previous films’ dialogues.
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As for GabbyG41, no one knows what she thinks about her prediction or even if she remembers it as her Twitter account has been inactive since September 2013.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker includes the ensembles of 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 late Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film is set to release on December 20, 2019.
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- Yoda was almost portrayed by a monkey.
George Lucas originally thought of Yoda to be played by an adorable monkey wearing a mask and carrying a cane.
- ‘Ewok’ is never actually mentioned in the original trilogy.
The name of the cuddliest race in the galaxy is never actually spoken by any character in the films. The species is only stated in the writing and closing credits.
- Return of the Jedi had a very different ending.
George Lucas experimented with the idea that after Luke removes a dying Vader’s helmet, he puts it on and proclaims, “Now I am Vader” and turns to the evil side.
- Yoda has a different number of toes, depending on the movie.
Yoda has three toes in The Phantom Menace but in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith, he has four.
- Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey had the same production members.
George Lucas lauded Stanley Kubrick's work so much that he recruited as many people who worked on 2001 as he could. The crew was referred to as ‘The Class of 2001’.
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- E.T. was in The Phantom Menace (sort of).
The alien race of E.T. makes a cameo in Episode 1, officially connecting the verse of George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg sci-fi.
- Chewbacca’s voice comes from the combination of many animals.
Chewbacca’s signature voice is a merger of bears, walruses, lions, badgers and a mixture of several dying animal sounds.
- Lightsaber audio came from an old television.
The titular lightsaber sounds were created by blending the hum of an old television’s picture tube and the buzz of a film projector’s motor.
- Harrison Ford
Burt Reynolds was a top choice to play Han Solo, along with Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, and Christopher Walken.
- Darth Vader is prohibited from all official Star Wars parties.
David Prowse, the actor who played Darth Vader (in personification), is barred from attending Star Wars conventions and parties because George Lucas finds him rather annoying.