Composer John Williams, who’s been with the Star Wars franchise since the beginning, agrees with many of you that what was revealed in The Last Jedi might not be as final as you might think.
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Williams, whose career spans almost six decades and over 350 projects, appeared on classic public radio station KUSC talked about his work on the Star Wars franchise and believes one of the biggest plot points in The Last Jedi might not be as it seems.
In the pivotal throne room scene after Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) deposes Snoke and battles alongside Rey (Daisy Ridley) to take out his royal guards, the former Ben Solo tells Rey that he knows about her past and she doesn’t come from any legendary Jedi/Sith lineage like those of Obi-Wan Kenobi or the Skywalkers like he was, but rather two drunk junkers who abandoned her.
Williams said in the interview, he believes Ren was lying to her.
“Rey’s parents might be identified to us in the next film,” Williams said.
When pressed further about Ren’s admission, Williams added,
“I don’t believe it either. Rey, of course, is played by Daisy Ridley, who I loved in ‘The Force Awakens’. And last year, when [Lucasfilm president] Kathy Kennedy rang me up and said, ‘Would you do the last music for The Last Jedi?’ I said to her, ‘Is Daisy in it?’ and she said yes, so I said yes”.
As someone who’s worked director J.J. Abrams on The Force Awakens and that same director returning to the franchise for Episode IX, does William’s beliefs stem from past personal experience or was this a subtle nudge and a wink for those disappointed in that plot point in The Last Jedi to not give their hopes up just yet about Rey’s background?
While Ridley said before that she doesn’t have any immediate plans to reprise Rey beyond Episode IX could we see her story come to a close in the next film given how noble sacrifice is a prevalent theme in the franchise? Could we finally get the answers we wanted since the franchise was revived?