Rey Origins

It was one of the biggest mystery box questions that J.J. Abrams left hanging at the end of The Force Awakens: Who are Rey’s parents?

The question caught fire on the Reddit threads and internet forums in the two years between Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with fans speculating that Rey was related to everyone from Luke Skywalker, to Han and Leia, and even to Snoke. While writing the script for Last JediRian Johnson wrestled with Rey’s origins just as much as fans did. Maybe even more so, the The Last Jedi director said in an upcoming interview with The /Filmcast. In the process, he explored every option that the internet suggested, and then some. And some of them are pretty ridiculous.

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow.

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Power and who gets access to that power is the root of the conflict in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And where does that power lie but in the Force, that all-encompassing, vaguely defined power that only the Jedi and the Sith can wield, and no one else. Until Rey.

She may be one of the first “ordinary” people has a natural knack with the Force, but if the events of Last Jedi are anything to go by, she won’t be the last. For many Star Wars fans, this has become a point of contention — the moment where director Rian Johnson loses them and blatantly disrespects all Star Wars mythology that has been built up until now. But these new rules of the Force are canon, whether they like it or not. And now a canon Star Wars comic book is re-enforcing those rules.

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi below.

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Daisy Ridley Doesn't Want to Leave Star Wars

Last week, a Rolling Stone profile of Star Wars: The Last Jedi explicitly stated that actress Daisy Ridley “doesn’t want to play the character [of Rey] after the next movie,” and featured quotes from Ridley talking about how she sees the third movie in the trilogy (the still-untitled Star Wars: Episode IX) as a way to round out Rey’s story. Well, apparently the writer was mistaken or those quotes were taken out of context, because thanks to a new interview, we now know that Daisy Ridley doesn’t want to leave Star Wars any time soon. Read her clarification below.
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billie lourd auditioned for rey

Many people may balk at acting with their mother on the big screen, but Billie Lourd was eager enough to share the screen with Carrie Fisher that she originally auditioned to play the lead role in the sci-fi franchise that launched Fisher into stardom.

Though Lourd didn’t get the role of Rey, she still got to share the screen with General Leia Organa in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi before Fisher tragically passed away.

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The Last Jedi Rey's Family

Fans have been wondering about Rey’s family history ever since the character’s mysterious origins were hinted at in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but thanks to new interviews with The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson and Daisy Ridley herself, we’ve learned that Rey’s lineage may not be as important as we once thought.

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rey not in star wars monopoly

Just when you thought fan outcry and demands for toys and games of popular female characters had been heard, Hasbro has gone and ignored them yet again.

A young fan of Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Rey had written a letter to Hasbro a year ago after she couldn’t find her favorite character in the Star Wars Monopoly game, and the toy company went into crisis control. First Hasbro sheepishly claimed that it left out Rey due to spoilers, then promised the fan that it would release an updated version of the game with a Rey token. But Hasbro has walked back on that promise to release a version with Rey, citing “insufficient interest.”

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Between Star Wars: The Force Awakens and images from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we’ve all seen Rey brandishing the classic blue lightsaber that was once owned by Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker — Lucasfilm even went so far as to rename it as Rey’s lightsaber for marketing purposes.

However, a new lightsaber that Rey wields in images from the Star Wars: Battlefront 2 video game may hint at a plot point in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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Star Wars toy animation line forces of destiny

Star Wars will address head-on the #WheresRey controversy, in which action figures of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens main character played by Daisy Ridley were nowhere to be found compared to toys of the male characters.

Not only will girls get action figures of Rey, Leia Organa, Padme Amidala and all their other favorite female heroes in Star Wars, they’ll be getting female-driven short-form animation, children’s books, and apparel as part of a new multi-part campaign called Star Wars: Forces of Destiny.

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