Star Wars concept art shows abandoned Dark Rey lightsaber design

Concept art for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker shows an early design of Dark Rey’s double-bladed lightsaber inspired by Rey’s original staff.

Newly unveiled concept art for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker shows a first design for Dark Rey’s lightsaber. The Rise of Skywalker is the last disney movie Star wars sequel trilogy, serving as the cornerstone of the more than 40 years in 9 episodes saga started by George Lucas in 1977. The reception of the Disney trilogy has been confrontational to say the least, with each film eliciting strong reactions (positive and negative) from fans and critics alike. The Rise of Skywalker was the most maligned film among critics, being the first live-action Star wars production to receive a “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes since 1999 The phantom menace.

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In The Rise of Skywalker, Rey (Daisy Ridley) travels to the submerged remains of Death Star II to find a Sith explorer. As she walks through the ruins, she finally discovers a safe in what was once the infamous Emperor Palpatine’s throne room. Rey is then briefly confronted with a dark side version of herself who wields an articulated double-bladed lightsaber. While the vision is brief, it’s significant in that it marks the second Double Blade to appear in live-action movies (aside from Darth Maul’s).

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In a recent Instagram post, the conceptual artist Matthew Sauvage revealed an abandoned design for Dark Rey’s lightsaber. He says he “Was experimenting with the use of elements of [Rey’s] Staff,” although these elements would continue to inform Rey’s last yellow saber of the film’s final scene. Check out Savage’s illustrations below:

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As Savage notes, the initial design has many elements inspired by Rey’s earlier appearances in the first two films. The transmitters at both ends have striking similarities to the staff Rey uses throughout the force awakens and The Last Jedi. Additionally, the hilt is tied in fabric wrappers reminiscent of Rey’s desert clothing when she first appeared. Darth Vader’s finalized saber design ultimately seems to be inspired more by Darth Vader’s lightsaber than anything associated with Rey.


Lightsabers have always played a symbolic role within Star wars movie theater. In the original, the lightsaber Obi-Wan gives Luke is the mouth-watering first tease in Luke’s mythical legacy. Likewise, Dark Rey’s saber serves as a reminder of what Rey could become, should she succumb to her own sinister bloodline. Despite its flaws, The Rise of Skywalker manages to significantly develop the traditions that date back to the founding of the franchise.

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