Star Wars: Daisy Ridley confirms Rey’s origins haven’t stopped changing

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Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker
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Rey almost came from Obi-Wan Kenobi’s family …

Update of December 12, 2021: On the occasion of the first unencrypted broadcast of Star Wars – Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, we republish an article dedicated to his heroine, Rey, played by Daisy ridley. Watch out for spoilers! His words are to be read AFTER seeing the blockbuster of JJ Abrams.

News of September 9, 2020: After John Boyega who criticized very harshly the treatment of his character -and minorities in general- through the production of Star Wars, languages ​​are loosened on the decidedly eventful production of the third trilogy. Interviewed by Josh Gad on the Jimmy Kimmel show, Daisy Ridley returned to the origins of her character, revealed in Episode 9 where we learned that she was the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine. But it was not always the case: “at first they thought they would link me to Obi-Wan, says the actress. There have been different versions. Then the idea that she was no one really won the case. And then we got to Episode 9 and JJ [Abrams] Summarized the movie to me as “oh, by the way, Palpatine is your grandpa”. I said “awesome”, and then two weeks later he was like “oh, we’re not too sure anymore.” So it just kept changing. “

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In Episode 7, Rey is introduced as “anybody”, an orphan abandoned on a desert planet but with whom the Force is very powerful: the fact that she is connected to the Skywalker family’s lightsaber cast doubt on her parentage with Luke and Leia, but as we heard the Obi-Wan Kenobi’s voice during one of his visions could give him chromosomes in common with the Jedi master. In The Last Jedi, indeed, Rian Johnson chooses to make Rey “anybody”, making it clear that the identity of the parents didn’t matter – what mattered was what she was to become. And then The Rise of Skywalker finally unveiled the truth … which puzzled the public and critics. Like the movie in general, by the way: Daisy Ridley even admitted last week that she had struggling to find work since its release.

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Whether you found that fitting final twist or bogus, or if you have nothing more to shake like Alexandre Astier, we notice that the anecdote of Daisy Ridley shows that the writing of postlogy was well done in pain. JJ Abrams admitted last year that there was “no scenario” when he took charge of Episode 9 instead of Colin Trevorrow. But from the start there was a “general plan” that kept changing: “When I arrived on Star Wars, there was a general plan of the three films. Me, I concentrated on Episode 7, there was a deadline, a release date to respect. I could not project myself beyond that movie during the shoot. And Rian Johnson saw what we were doing, we had a reunion… He followed his inspiration, but he didn’t undo things we were thinking about. There was a general outline, but no full written script for episodes 7, 8 and 9. It’s the same when working on a TV series. I compare it to driving in the fog. You know where you are going, and things get clearer as you go, but the path is unexpected. You can find shortcuts, new places, or take dangerous paths. You have to decide in the present moment, but you have to have a destination in mind. It’s a fundamentally interactive experience. I would be lying to you if I told you is that we had planned everything, each gesture, each character. But I knew where we were going. Basically, we make the best decisions along the way. This is the lesson I learned from George Lucas. Remember when Return of the Jedi was called Revenge of the Jedi. I still post it. George Lucas literally told us that when you have a better idea, go for it! “

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