Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Script Leak Details Revealed

Disney barely avoided a story leak crisis after John Boyega's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker script found its way onto eBay.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Script Leak

Much has been written about how a story leak from The Empire Strikes Back led to a falling out between Lucasfilm and Darth Vader actor David Prowse, and if Star Wars Sequel Trilogy star John Boyega isn’t careful, he might be next. Finn himself revealed during an interview on Good Morning America that he accidentally lost his The Rise of Skywalker script, which then found its way to eBay, where it almost sold for a whopping…65 British pounds (almost $84).

“What happened was, it was actually from my apartment,” Boyega explained. “I was moving apartments and I left the script under my bed. I was just like, you know what, I’m going to leave it under my bed. When I wake up in the morning, I’ll take it and then move. But then my boys came over and we started partying a little bit. And then the script, it just stayed there.”

It seems that Boyega didn’t even notice the script was gone until it popped up on the eBay website a little while later. 

“And then a few like weeks after, this cleaner comes in, finds the script, and then puts on eBay for like £65. So the person didn’t know the true value. And I actually thought this was a great opportunity for the fans to read the movie before they see it. Maybe I’m on to something. You know what I mean?”

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Unsurprisingly, Boyega got more than a few calls from Disney and Lucasfilm during the incident. Boyega says jokingly that even Mickey Mouse himself gave him a ring. Watch the full clip from the interview here:

The Rise of Skywalker director and co-writer J.J. Abrams had previously alluded to the script leak in an earlier episode of GMA, but didn’t call out the actor by name.

“[Disney was] really nervous about anything getting out, and so they had only a handful of scripts, and they were printed on crazy, uncopy-able paper,” Abrams said of the lengths the studio went to keep the script a secret. You can imagine then the shock of seeing one of these scripts on eBay.

Luckily for all involved, the script was retrieved before it could be sold. Just imagine, in an alternate timeline, someone got to know all of the secrets of the final chapter of the Skywalker Saga for just $84. Meanwhile, in this timeline, we’ll finally get to see how the saga ends when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on Dec. 20.

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John Saavedra is an associate editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9.

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