Why That Leaked Star Wars: Episode IX Title Is Probably Fake

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It’s looking like we’ll learn the official title for Star Wars: Episode IX later this week, with C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels teasing that something very big’s coming our way soon. However, now that the news is imminent, there’s a whole bunch of fake leaks online that are purporting to be the ‘true’ title.

Right now, the most popular is Balance of the Force. I’ve got to admit, it sounds pretty damn Star Wars-y, too. After all, Anakin Skywalker was said to be destined to “bring balance to the Force” and as this is the end of the Skywalker saga, it might make sense for the prophecy to be fulfilled.

There’s only one fly in the ointment, though: there’s alreadyStar Wars product called Balance of the Force. This was a Star Wars themed pinball video game released back in 2013, which allowed players to experience the most iconic moments of the saga… in the form of themed pinball tables. I actually had this on my phone at the time and as far as licensed pinball games go, it was pretty damn good.

Another fan favorite title is The Knights of Ren. These knights have been the subject of a lot of speculation ever since they were mentioned and have been notable by their absence in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. They may turn up in Episode IX, but somehow I just don’t see Disney and Lucasfilm choosing to make them so much the focus of the movie that they warrant being the title.

Given how good the Mouse House marketing machine has been about leaks (with the Avengers: Endgame title not totally confirmed until the trailer dropped), I’m betting that the first we’ll hear it will be when they announce it. What it’ll eventually be is anyone’s guess, but it’s a surefire guarantee that it’ll spark a thousand fan theories as to what the events of Star Wars: Episode IX will be.