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John Boyega Admits It Was His Star Wars Script That Ended Up On Ebay

John Boyega Admits It Was His Star Wars Script That Ended Up On Ebay

OK, Star Wars fans, you can stop the conspiracy theories now. Actor John Boyega has admitted he was the one whose top-secret script somehow found its way to eBay.

What's all this, I hear you ask? Let me explain. Earlier this week, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director JJ Abrams revealed that one of the precious scripts for the film - which is released in December - ended up for sale on eBay after an anonymous actor left it under their bed.

Speaking on Good Morning America, he said: "The security is insane, the company were nervous about anything getting out. So they had only a handful of scripts and they were printed on crazy uncopyable paper. And one of our actors - I'm not going to say which one, I want to but I won't - left it under their bed and it was found by someone who was cleaning their place."

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Fortunately for Star Wars fans across the world - and Boyega in particular - a Disney employee spotted the script on the site before it was sold or proliferated around the world. Indeed, Boyega might not have been so keen to come forward had it not been recovered.

John Boyega might not have been smiling had the script gone viral. Credit: PA
John Boyega might not have been smiling had the script gone viral. Credit: PA

Coming clean on Good Morning America, he explained: "I was moving apartments, and I left the script under my bed. I was like, 'I will leave it under my bed and when I wake up the next morning, I will take it and then move.'

"But then my boys came over and we started partying a little bit. The script, it just stayed there. And a few weeks after, this cleaner comes in, finds this script and puts it on eBay for like £65 ($83), so the person didn't know the true value.

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"But I actually thought this is a great opportunity for the fans to read the movie before they see it - maybe I'm onto something, you know what I mean?"

Well, Disney for one didn't seem to think he was 'onto something'.

Boyega joked: "It was scary, I got calls from every official. Even Mickey Mouse called me, 'What did you do?'"

Hey, it all turned out OK in the end, and you can find out what happens in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on the big screen as intended on 19 December and 20 December in the US.

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You may be aware that the Russo brothers - the team behind Avengers: Endgame - don't allow all members of Marvel film casts to see the full scripts, in order to ensure the plots are kept under wraps.

This may seem like an over-the-top policy, but you'd have to imagine JJ Abrams and the rest of the gang at Disney might consider introducing a similar system in future.

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Topics: TV and Film, US Entertainment

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.