Yesterday, a #StarWars fan-operated website published what they claimed was a “leaked” poster for the upcoming & still unnamed #StarWarsIX movie slated for release later this year. Given that there was no verification from #Disney or #LucasFilm that the posted was authentic, we were highly skeptical about the poster’s authenticity when we first encountered it on social media yesterday. Also, our own close inspection of the alleged leaked poster revealed highly questionable content. The items that, in our opinion, were the most likely signs that the alleged leaked poster was nothing more than a hoax were as follows:
- While the alleged leaked poster had the name “Star Wars” at the bottom, there was no mention of the number “IX”, nor was there any sort of reveal regarding the ninth film’s title that Disney & LucasFilm have not yet made public.
- The inclusion of C-3PO aiming an enlarged version of Chewbacca’s preferred weapon, as well as wearing Chewbacca’s bandolier, appeared photoshopped and was highly implausible given the nature of C-3PO’s personality throughout the previous films.
- Given that Kylo Ren destroyed his own helmet in an elevator during a fit of rage in “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi”, showing him again wearing that helmet (or a newer version of it) seemed inconsistent unless he decided to make a new one or he had a spare laying about in a closet. He could have grabbed a spare helmet and put it on after he killed Supreme Leader Snoke in #StarWarsVIII. Why wait for the next film to wear it again?
As the “Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fans Society” strives to publish accurate posts, we do not subscribe to publishing unverified, potentially false or rumor-based information that periodically pops up within popular fandoms. With regard to the allegedly leaked poster for “Star War IX”, our suspicion that it was a hoax was confirmed by none other than Mark Hamill in a response to fan’s tweet, in which the iconic “Star Wars” actor said, “I’m pretty sure that’s just the (wonderful) work of a passionate fan.”
Mark Hamill responded to another fan who asked a similar question with a similar response.