Luke Skywalker has vanished.
In his absence, the sinister
FIRST ORDER has risen from
the ashes of the Empire and
will stop at nothing until
Skywalker, the last Jedi, has
As the peaceful New
Republic struggles to fight
this resurgent menace,
General Leia Organa gathers
her allies and leads a brave
RESISTANCE. She is
desperate to find her brother
Luke and restore hope to the
Searching for clues to Luke’s
whereabouts, Leia’s most
daring pilot has been
intercepted by the First Order
on the desert planet of
Star Wars: The Last Skywalker Awakens is a fan edit condensing all three films of the Star Wars sequel trilogy into a single, monolithic tale centered upon Rey, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo, and their battle over the Skywalker legacy. It is meant to serve as an epilogue to Lucas’ Star Wars saga (episodes I-VI).
At its core, Rey and Kylo’s story remains much the same: a metatextual space opera of lineage, legacy, belonging, betrayal, war, family, and lucrative merchandising potential. This is not a “cut out everything I don’t like” edit; I’m incredibly fond of Finn, Phasma, Rose, Holdo, Zorii and many other characters whose roles wound up in the margins of this story. In a just world they would all have had their own films.
This is more an attempt to refocus and amplify what I felt already lay at the heart of the sequel trilogy, without losing a wider sense of scope. It was also just a fun thing to make while learning to use editing software, and wouldn’t exist without the passionate fan editing community, so thanks to you all.
Some of the most significant changes and additions include:
- Introduction of insert shots, visions and flashbacks earlier on to mesh with their increasing use in the later films
- Removal of any planet-killer weapons from the story
- Seamless transitions between films, amalgamating them into a single continuous story
- The restored 16:9 IMAX version of the Falcon’s escape from Jakku
- New use of musical score in two previously music-less sequences in TRoS
- An overall color grading
Here you can find more a comprehensive list of changes.
The end of Luke and Yoda’s scene in The Last Jedi makes a good half-way mark.
Runtime (incl credits): 5hr 29min
Video: 1080p H.264 .mov
Audio: 2-channel stereo
Some previews and examples:
Attack on the Jakku Village: https://vimeo.com/549084461
Finn Awakens in the Desert: https://vimeo.com/549086512
Kylo’s Vision: https://vimeo.com/549080534
Rey’s Interrogation: https://vimeo.com/549088463
Luke Awakens Leia: https://vimeo.com/549081238
Holdo’s Sacrifice: https://vimeo.com/549086710
The Battle of Crait: https://vimeo.com/549088598
Journey to Exegol: https://vimeo.com/554625583
Rey’s Bullseye and Quicker Quicksand: https://vimeo.com/549082266
Pasaana Showdown (re-scored): https://vimeo.com/549081428
Confrontation in Ren’s Quarters: https://vimeo.com/549085906
Battle on the Death Star Wreckage (re-scored): https://vimeo.com/549082872
Be With Me: https://vimeo.com/549085645
Reunion and Finale: https://vimeo.com/549087226
This edit borrows heavily from Hal9000’s sequel edits TFA Restructured, TLJ Legendary, and TRoS Ascendant, as well as from poppasketti’s TLJ Rekindled and NeverarGreat’s TFA: The Starlight Project.
Art by Brian Rood
Star Wars: The Last Skywalker Awakens (a sequel trilogy mega-edit)