bill-swift - January 14, 2016
I have no idea why you would click on this article if you have not yet seen The Force Awakens. But just in case, you should know that I'm going to spoil the hell out of the movie in the paragraphs that follow. So if you haven't seen the movie yet, leave now.
For those who have seen the movie, let's talk about Rey. Played to perfection by Daisy Ridley, Rey is the main protagonist of TFA, and by the end, when she bests a physically compromised but still significantly more experienced Kylo Ren in a lightsaber fight, it's clear that Rey is going to be a pretty badass hero going forward. Yet when it comes to the issue of who exactly she is, The Force Awakens left us with more questions than answers.
For example: Is she Han and Leia's daughter, and ergo Kylo's sister? Is she somehow Luke's daughter? Is she perhaps related to some other famous Jedi? Did an elderly Obi Wan decide to give up his vow of chastity and knock up a space prostitute on Tatooine? Why was Rey abandoned on Jakku? Does Luke know who she is?
Of course, you know the answers to these questions will be answered eventually. But most fans don't just want answers. They want good, thoughtful, emotionally satisfying answers.
According to Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow, we're going to get them. Here's what he had to say about it recently at the BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party:
We're going to make sure that that answer is deeply and profoundly satisfying. Rey is a character that is important in this universe, not just in the context of The Force Awakens, but in the entire galaxy. She deserves it. We'll make sure that that answer is something that feels like it was something that happened a long time ago, far away, and we're just telling you what happened.
Thanks, Colin. Now, please make sure Episode IX is better than Jurassic World.
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