Alright fans, we are 131 days from the release of Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. Expect a whole lot of theorizing and speculation, especially with a new trailer likely to drop at any time, maybe even at D23. One item that is unexpected, however, was Domhnall Gleeson’s reaction to the script when he read it for the first time.
Episode IX Script a “page-turner”
The actor has played another character you might remember, Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter films. Star Wars fans will know him as another weaselly character, General Hux. Collider interviewed him while on a press tour for another film, and when asked about the script reading of The Rise of Skywalker, here’s what he had to say:
“It was cool… a page-turner. [The script] was different than what I thought. It was great. You feel part of the tiny club that gets to read these things ahead of other people, and I really enjoyed that. I think it’s going to be great.”Domhnall Gleeson
You would never expect an actor to thrash a movie they are in, but the significant part of this comment is where he says it (the script) was different than he thought. I’m speculating here, but if you are an actor that has played the same character for two films, you get a sense of their arc, and likely what will happen to them (unless you’re on The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones). I think we all thought Hux would die a ridiculous fiery death aboard one of his Destroyers, or that Kylo Ren might run him through because he felt like it. Gleeson’s comment gives me pause. Does Hux’s story arc change?
What will become of General Hux?
Historically, Star Wars scripts and plots are on Fort Knox-style lockdown until release, and the cast and crew are always vague in commentary on it by design. This isn’t a slip up by any stretch, but what is actually said says more than what isn’t said. It’s also interesting that he calls the script a “page-turner”. That alone gives me great hope for Episode IX.
What do you think happens to General Hux? I have a feeling the presence of Allegiant General Pryde will have more of an effect on our cowardly general’s character than we know. Will Ren’s iron fist and Pryde’s menacing glare drive Hux to the Resistance? Or will we see him finally live up to the dangerous reputation of the First Order? Let’s hear your theory!