When it comes to the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy, the question of the identity of Daisy Ridley’s character Rey quickly became one of the biggest talking points about the saga.
As lineage played a big part in both the original and prequel trilogies, fans began to wildly speculate about it in the wake of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” where it was only briefly mentioned.
Then Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” shot down those theories, revealing Rey was a nobody with parents seemingly not tied to “Star Wars” lore. Finally, Abrams’ “The Rise of Skywalker” backtracked from that and revealed Rey as the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine.
The commonly held belief has been that Abrams, in his usual mystery boxing ways, had a big plan that Johnson was going to pick up. Johnson then ignored it and followed his own path which essentially says the Force can be in anyone no matter their bloodline. Then Abrams and Disney, in order to appease fandom, chose to tie her lineage back to Palpatine.
So what really went on there – was that reveal part of Abrams’ original plan or was it a great big bit of post-Last Jedi retconning? Ridley herself recently spoke with Rolling Stone and offered her take:
“Well, J.J. [Abrams] was the one who was like, she is of no one, so it wasn’t just ‘The Last Jedi’ where that was the message.
What was interesting about the last one, for me, was that you can be a hero and not come from anywhere or you can be a hero and come from literally the worst person in the universe. You’re not your parents, you’re not your grandparents, you’re not your bloodline and you’re not the generations before you. So, I always was like, sure.
But it’s beyond my pay grade. I say the words, do the thing. I do love the version of, you can be anyone you want to be, but I also love the version where you can rectify wrongs and can’t help what you’re born into.”
The comments come as Ridley recently debuted her new indie drama “Sometimes I Think About Dying” at the Sundance Film Festival the other day.