Lucasfilm/Disney is in full swing of the promotional tour for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as the final film in the Skywalker Saga releases next month, which means a bunch of press interviews and more details about the film/characters are being revealed. 

While speaking with RollingStone, co-writer and director J.J. Abrams talked a little about how Rey came to be as a character and even hinted that her skilled use of the force may actually be explained in the film as it wasn’t on accident. 

ROLLING STONE: One thing you hear from people is that the character of Rey feels preternaturally gifted, even for a Jedi — that she learns things faster than, say, Luke Skywalker ever did. 

ABRAMS: “Yeah, spooky, right? [Smiles] It’s a fair point. It’s not an accident.”

Abrams also explains how the character of Rey was developed. 

ROLLING STONE: Rey has a whole fan base of her own. What was the original idea behind the character? 

ABRAMS: “The idea was to tell a tale of a young woman who was innately powerful, innately moral, innately good, but also struggling with her place in the world and forced to fend for herself in every way. As exciting as it was to get to play in the Star Wars universe, it was this young woman that I felt oddly compelled to get to know. Even at the very first meeting with Kathleen Kennedy, the idea came up about having a female at the center of it. There was an inherent sense of ‘We’ve seen the story before of the young hero,’ but we’d never seen it through the eyes of a woman like this, and that, to me, was the most exciting thing.”

Actress Daisy Ridley also recently spoke with EntertainmentWeekly on the subject of Rey’s parents and explains that her character doesn’t automatically accept the answer that Kylo Ren gives her in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (telling her parents were nobodies that sold her for drinking money) and wants to discover the truth herself, which is fair considering he’s a villain after all. 

RIDLEY: “The parents thing is not satisfied — for her and for the audience” 

“That’s something she’s still trying to figure out — where does she come from? It’s not that she doesn’t believe [Kylo’s answer], but she feels there’s more to the story. And she needs to figure out what’s come before so she can figure out what to do next.”

Rumors and speculation surrounding her parentage have been a topic of interest even before Daisy was cast in the role. The original speculation was that the character was the granddaughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi and the more predictable angle is that she is in fact actually a Skywalker herself. 

I guess we’ll have to wait and see if they actually give a definitive answer. 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released on December 20th. 

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron’s journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences.


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