A new “Star Wars” rumor floating through the internet suggests that Disney is preparing to reset the sequel trilogy by using unused footage of Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker.

What’s going on?

Per the UK tabloid Express, Disney is looking to retcon the sequel trilogy so that it never happened.

  • The retcon would happen in a three-season show that would feature 10 episodes in each season, according to Inside the Magic, a news and rumors site for all things Disney.
  • Each season would rework the events of the sequel trilogy films, starting with “The Force Awakens,” then “The Last Jedi” and finally “The Rise of Skywalker.”
  • The reboot would include unused footage of Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker filmed during the sequel trilogy. The scene wouldn’t be CGI. According to the Express report, the scene was filmed during the making of the sequel trilogy.
  • The rumor also suggests that George Lucas would return as director for the new miniseries.
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Where does the rumor come from?

Like a previous “Star Wars” rumor, this one stems from YouTube “Star Wars” leaker Doomcock.

  • “If (Disney) were to remake the sequel trilogy … the sequel trilogy would be remade exclusively for Disney Plus, according to my source,” he said in a recent video, per Express. “With a story being spread out between eight-to-ten mini series, and three seasons of full series.”

This sounds familiar

It should. Back in the summer, there was an unconfirmed internet rumor that Disney wanted to reset the entire “Star Wars” cinematic universe, erasing “The Force Awakens,” “The Last Jedi” and “Rise of Skywalker” from the timeline, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  • This retcon — which comes from a YouTube channel, which previously reported “Rise of Skywalker” and “Captain Marvel” spoilers — suggested there was some inner turmoil at Disney about the new direction of the “Star Wars” franchise. Because of that, Lucasfilm was rumored to be considering retconning “Star Wars” so that the sequel trilogy existed in an alternate timeline.
  • The rumor suggested “Star Wars” would use events in the “Star Wars Rebels” animated show — which has included elements of time travel before — to change the sequel trilogy, as I explained for the Deseret News.
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Should you believe it?

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Disney nor Lucasfilm have confirmed the rumor, nor have they confirmed the rumor from earlier in the summer. It’s unlikely something this massive would be revealed early, though.

That said, you shouldn’t totally dismiss it. Experts told me back in July that sometimes studios leak information on purpose, hoping the information gets out to the public and content creators.

These rumors will create a discussion about a pop-culture product so that studios receive immediate feedback on the idea, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

“There’s no doubt that that’s possible,” Kendall Phillips, a pop culture professor at Syracuse University, told me back in July. “There is no doubt that — not all the time but at least sometimes — that is a studio saying, ‘Is it worth trying to get you know Hugh Jackman to play this role? We’ll see what the fan reaction is.’”

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