The sequel trilogy had a lot of trouble during its development. The changes of directors and scriptwriters, together with the rewrites of the librettos, modified the planning. And so, the new Star Wars trilogy mutated from its original conception until we saw them in the movies. In fact, The Rise of Skywalker (Episode IX) was going to have the actor Matt Smith, and not for a minor role, as the interpreter himself has confirmed in statements to the Happy Sad Confused podcast.
The sequences embodied in the previous script never materialized on a shooting set. Smith clarifies that he did not participate, although he was close to it becoming a reality. “I think the part they thought of me for in the end became obsolete and they didn’t need it, so I was never in Star Wars, “he says. Although he cannot advance specific details, he does qualify his part as “wonderful”, also in his concept. “It was a big thing, a huge story detail, kind of transformative from the Star Wars storyline,” but it never got past the conceptual phase.
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Episode IX changed director
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was not initially directed by JJ Abrams. Initially, this director was going to be in charge of the entire trilogy, but eventually left the director’s chair on The Last Jedi. Lucasfilm’s plan was for Collin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) to close out the trilogy. However, the Disney company was unhappy with either the scripts or the direction the production was taking, so Trevorrow was fired.
The film, already in the hands of J.J. Abrams, received a lot of criticism since its premiere. The decision to resurrect Palpatine, the former emperor of the Galactic Empire, did not satisfy some followers, mainly because it contradicted certain aspects of the canon (the prophecy of the chosen one and the balance of the Force).
Source | ComicBook, Happy Sad Confused