One of the biggest mysteries of the Star Wars sequel trilogy stemming from The Force Awakens is who are Rey’s parents?
We could find out as soon as The Last Jedi or as late as Episode IX, either way, directors J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson and star Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, remain coy and mum about the subject, according to Rolling Stone.
Ridley said she already knows and has known since The Force Awakens when Abrams told her. Since it wasn’t revealed in that film, Johnson wasn’t beholden to anything and given free reign over The Last Jedi.
“I wasn’t given any directive as to what that had to be.”
Ridley added, “I was never given the information that she is this or she is that. I thought what I was told in the beginning is what it is.”
Rolling Stone speculates the parents aren’t some random never-before-seen characters and that Johnson and Abrams are messing with us about it.
After all, if her parents weren’t essential to the plot, there wouldn’t be so many theories and speculation about her lineage, especially the cryptic nature of the most recent trailer.
Personally, it is something to look forward to, but something that’s becoming way more hyped up than it should be. The fever pitch about what’s going to happen in the next film is going to bound to disappoint a number of fans including those who expect to know who Rey’s parents are by then.
While it was a different media culture in 1980 when The Empire Strikes Back was released then, it was a fresh follow up to 1977’s Star Wars simply because creator and director George Lucas didn’t know if A New Hope was going to be a success in its release.
It became all the shocking reveal when Darth Vader was revealed to be Luke’s father even though Vader tried to kill him in A New Hope in the climactic scene. Yes, you can argue you didn’t have all that history from four decades of the franchise then, but for a franchise to grow and expand, you should go in just wondering what new adventures they new characters will find themselves in to keep things loose.
It’s a completely open world, which was something the Star Wars prequels didn’t have since you knew what the end game was going to be with Anakin becoming Darth Vader and Palpatine becoming the Emperor.
Now we’re leaving up to more expectations aside from just who Rey’s parents are like who Snoke is? How did he get Kylo Ren to turn on his family?
Does it matter if all those questions are answered right away? Would it affect your enjoyment of The Last Jedi?
I like to see what direction the film goes regardless if those questions get answered if at all. I like to be completely wowed like when I first saw Empire when I was a kid. It shouldn’t just be bullet points and if those points get filled, it should be a bonus. I’m kind of in the camp of those like Mark Hamill and Johnson when they say to see if you can avoid the new trailer so that you can be surprised, because they’re not really involved with the editing since they’re used to promote the upcoming film.
I understand trailers are unavoidable, but when you compare what little was given away for trailers back then before they became cryptic spotfests and overanalyzed in this current culturem you should realize you are allowed to not give half the movie away when you want to give an audience a sample of what’s to come.
So what do you think? Would it affect your enjoyment of The Last Jedi if they decided to revealed who Rey’s parents are?
The Last Jedi comes to theaters December 15.