‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Director Answers Questions About Rey’s Parents and the Plurality of ‘Jedi’
One of the most debated plots points of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been the lineage of Daisy Ridley’s Rey. Could she be the daughter of Luke Skywalker? The daughter of Obi-One Kenobi? The daughter of… actually, come to think of it, those are the only two human Force-users we’ve met since the original Star Wars movie, so it’s either a very familiar face or someone totally out of the blue. Regardless, fans have now spent two years not knowing something about their favorite character, and that’s a long, long time for knowledge to be withheld in 2017. They’re ready for answers.
And if Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is to be believed, the answers are coming. After Friday’s panel discussion on his new film at Star Wars Celebration, Johnson sat down with ABC News (via Heroic Hollywood) and admitted that answers about Rey are coming:
Here’s the full transcript of Johnson’s comments:
It’s something that is absolutely going to be addressed in the movie. It depends on… I can’t say! I was about to say something. You almost got me! There are lots of surprises in this movie and there’s lots of twists and turns. And I really want people to experience those when they see the movie for the first time. How we address that and how you feel about that and what happens with that is one of them.
As part of the discussion, Johnson also admitted that the Star Wars subtitle was singular in his mind, putting to bed another conspiracy theory about how many Jedi might actually remain in the Star Wars universe:
Again, the transcript of Johnson’s comments (via ComicBook.com):
It’s so funny. When people started asking that when the title was announced, because I had never even pondered that question. That seems like, to me, the most uninteresting [question]… And look, in my mind, it’s singular. In my mind, it is. Absolutely, yeah.
Of course, the phrasing on this one is a little suspect; after all, Johnson is only on board for one movie, suggesting that the director could be thinking only about Luke Skywalker (or Rey) even as the movie opens the door up to more Force-users. Not technically a lie, but not technically a truth either? Sounds like plausible deniability for everyone involved. No chance of fandom jail for you, Johnson. Your fancy space lawyer speak has ensured that none of the charges will stick.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theaters on December 15, 2017.