Star Wars: The Last Skywalker Awakens
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 of sorts 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, Rose, Holdo, Zori and many other characters whose roles wound up in the margins of this story. In a just world they would all have their own films.
It’s an attempt to refocus and amplify what I feel is already 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 more significant changes and additions include:
- Introducing 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
- The restored 16:9 IMAX version of the Falcon’s escape from Jakku (coming in v3)
- New use of musical score in two previously music-less TRoS sequences
- Overall colour grading
SW: TLSA is, at this time, still a living work, with several changes large and small still to be made. The intention is that, barring the unearthing of something like deleted scenes from TRoS, V3 will be a final and completed version.
Version 2.5 runtime clocks in at about 5 hours
Video: 1080p H.264 .mov
Audio: 2-channel stereo
A list of cuts and additions as of the v2.5 workprint can be found here.
This edit borrows heavily from Hal9000’s sequel edits TFA Restructured, TLJ Legendary, and TRoS Ascendant, as well as popasketti’s TLJ Rekindled.
Art by Brian Rood
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Star Wars: The Last Skywalker Awakens (a sequel trilogy mega-edit)