"It wasn’t needed in the end but we did design the inner workings and kyber crystal cage for Rey’s lightsaber."
On Twitter, Lucasfilm creative art manager Phil Szostak chimed in:
"The lightsaber was going to be in more than just one shot at the end. There was going to be a subplot throughout the film showing Rey working on it at her bench, using the Jedi texts as a guide."
"I was fortunate to be one of the many people involved in the design of Leia's Lightsaber for Rise of Skywalker. The design began as a prototype prop make and bounced between myself and the prop makers until being finalised."
"The emitter area was inspired by a Walter Von Nessen, Art Deco Lamp that JJ had taken a shine to."