Daisy Ridley says Rey was almost a Kenobi in Star Wars Rise of Skywalker


By: PTI | Los Angeles |

September 11, 2020 6:39:57 pm

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in the end revealed Rey to be the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine. (Photo: Lucasfilm/Disney)

British star Daisy Ridley has revealed that the makers of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker initially toyed with the concept her character Rey was an ancestor of Jedi grasp Obi Wan-Kenobi. The JJ Abrams-directed movie, third in the long-running franchise’s sequel trilogy, had in the end revealed Rey to be the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine.

During her digital look on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ridley advised visitor host Josh Gad that Rey’s heritage was continually altering, even once they have been filming the film.

“At the beginning there was toying with like an Obi-Wan connection. There were like different versions, and then it really went to that she was no one. Then it came to Episode IX and JJ pitched me the film and was like, ‘Oh yeah, Palpatine’s grandaughter’,” the 28-year-old actor mentioned.

“I was like, ‘Awesome!’ Then two weeks later he was like, ‘Oh, we’re not sure.’ So it kept changing. Even as we were filming I wasn’t sure what the answer was going to be,” she added.

The twist wasn’t appreciated by the franchise followers as many believed that Abrams was attempting to undo the revelation in 2017 film The Last Jedi that Rey’s guardian have been truly “nobodies”.
The Rise of Skywalker, which launched in December 2019, was additionally criticised for sidelining many characters, together with John Boyega’s Finn and Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico.

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