In this age of social media it’s near impossible to avoid spoilers for movies and television shows. Yet despite the plethora of spoiler news on sites like Reddit, the movie industry still does its damnedest to prevent leaks. With a franchise like STAR WARS, the drive to prevent leaks gets cranked up to eleven. The script for THE RISE OF SKYWALKER was printed on un-copy-able paper and supporting cast members never even received a full script, just the primary cast. However, in spite of all the precautions taken by Disney regarding the concluding edition of the Skywalker saga, the full script almost got out. On Monday, director J.J. Abrams told Good Morning America that an actor left the script under their bed and that the script subsequently showed up on eBay. Thankfully, the script was recovered before anyone could purchase it. Abrams declined to name the actor in question but now that person has come forward.
This morning, also on Good Morning America, Finn actor John Boyega confessed to being the scruffy looking nerf herder who almost let the Rancor out of the bag:
“It was me! Let me tell you how this went down. It was actually from my apartment, I was moving apartments, and I left my script under my bed. I’m leaving in the morning and [figured that] when I leave I’ll take it [with me]. But then my boys came over, and we started partying a little bit, and then the script just stayed there. And then a few weeks after, this cleaner comes in, finds the script, and puts it on eBay for like [$84]. And I thought, this is a great opportunity for fans to read the movie before they see it. Maybe I’m onto something…It was scary, man. I got calls every — even Mickey Mouse called me, ‘What did you do?‘ But it all worked out in the end.”
Yeah it’s all fun and games until someone breaks out the Tatooine tequila. Next thing you know you’re waking up in a Death Star trash compactor with your script gone and your BlasTech DL-44 missing.
I have to say I chuckled at the idea of Boyega getting an irate call from Mickey Mouse. I’m glad he can joke about it but can you imagine the bantha poodoo storm that would have rained down if someone had actually gotten ahold of that script? It’s enough to make Jabba the Hutt quail. Also not for nothing but $84? Really? The opening bid on that sucker should have been a minimum $1000.
In any event, all secrets will be revealed when STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER hyperspeeds its way into theaters December 20.