What's the deal with Rey's lineage?
Right, right, right, this old thing: Who the heck are Rey's parents? Can we consider this case closed, or is there potentially another revelation on the horizon? According to Simon Pegg, director Rian Johnson might have (unintentionally?) altered the plans J.J. Abrams had mapped out for Rey's origins when, with the help of Kylo Ren and the Force, he revealed her parents were a pair of junk-trading bums. (Of course, this is a big "might.") On a recent Happy Sad Confused appearance, Pegg told the podcast, "I know what J.J. kind of intended, or at least was being chucked around. I think that's kind of been undone slightly by the last one. There was some talk of a relevant lineage for her." To which we say… big whoop? Isn't it possible Kylo was just being a dick, as he's wont to be? Couldn't there still be a relevant lineage?
Seems like there's an easy way to clear this hurdle. If it's a hurdle at all. In Johnson's defense, he also told HuffPo that he handled the whole parent thing the way he did to up the drama. "What’s going to make life hardest on [Rey]? It would be the big 'I am your father' twist [from The Empire Strikes Back]," the director told the site. "And same thing with Rey and her parentage... The easy thing would be, 'Yes, your parents are so and so and here's your place in the world. There you go.' The hardest thing she could hear would be [...] 'No, you’re not going to get the answer. This is not going to define you. You’re going to have to find your own place in this world. Kylo is going to use that even as leverage to try and make you feel insecure, and you're going to have to stand on your own two feet.'" In other words, this case is not closed! Expect it to resurface in Episode IX.
Speaking of: This will probably be the end for Daisy Ridley
Or, so she hopes. For now. Maybe. Etc. You get it. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Daisy Ridley, the actress who plays Rey, said she didn't want to return for more movies after Episode IX -- mainly because she thought she was only signing up for a set amount of installments. "For me, I didn't really know what I was signing on to. I hadn't read the script, but from what I could tell, it was really nice people involved, so I was just like, 'Awesome.' Now I think I am even luckier than I knew then, to be part of something that feels so like coming home now," she told the magazine. "I am really, really excited to do the third thing and round it out, because ultimately, what I was signing on to was three films. So in my head, it's three films. I think it will feel like the right time to round it out." Seems pretty sure! Though, when asked if she'd return in a few decades like some of her predecessors, she seemed down. (So long as the apocalypse hasn't happened.)
Episode IX might also be John Williams' last Star Wars movie
The acclaimed composer (and father of Toto's Joseph Williams) seemed to confirm as much in a recent interview with radio station KUSC. "We know J.J. Abrams is preparing one now that I will hopefully do next year for him," he said (via EW). "I look forward to it, and we'll round out a series of nine that will be quite enough for me." Fair enough!
Are fans mad about Episode IX yet?
Yeah, I mean, we haven't heard if there's going to be another weird milking scene, but people are already pissed.
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