Sunday, December 17, 2017

Rian Johnson On The Mystery of Rey's Parents in 'The Last Jedi'

By: Dominic Jones


One of the big mysteries coming out of The Force Awakens was: who are Rey's parents?  While some fans hoped that she would be revealed to be the descendant of a famous Star Wars bloodline, The Last Jedi presents the opposite as the truth.  In the film, Rey seems to accept that her parents were no one, and Kylo Ren taunts with the fact that they sold her for "drinking money."  While there has been speculation that Kylo may not have been totally truthful, writer/director Rian Johnson explains that he believes that Kylo was telling the truth (though Episode IX writer/director JJ Abrams may still have a a different idea).

Johnson took part in a live Q&A with Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican where he said,

"For me, in that moment, Kylo believes it’s the truth.  I don’t think he’s purely playing chess. I think that’s what he saw when they touched fingers and that’s what he believes. And when he tells her that in that moment, she believes it."

He also explained why he thought it was more interesting to make Rey nobody than to make her a legacy character's descendant.  Johnson said,

"The hardest thing for her is to hear she’s not going to get that easy answer. Not only that, but Kylo is going to use the fact that you don’t get that answer to try and weaken you so you have to lean on him. You’re going to have to find the strength to stand on your own two feet and define yourself in this story."

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters now.

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