Various elements of the upcoming “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” will be discussed ad nauseum even before its release, be it how director J.J. Abrams might retcon parts of Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” to how he intends to finish off both the trilogy and the nine-film saga.
Now, in a new interview with ABC News, Abrams was asked straight up if we’ll learn who Rey’s parents are in the new film. Abrams, as per usual, answered only with a tease but it’s a tease that strongly suggests that Johnson’s unexpected but welcome re-democratization of Force abilities will be undone and it will once again come down to lineage and a dash of narrative coincidence:
“I will say that we knew, going into this, that this movie, it had to be a satisfying conclusion. And we were well aware that that’s one of the things that’s been out there. I don’t want to say that what happens in Episode 8 [didn’t happen]. We have honored that. But I will say that there’s more to the story than you’ve seen.”
As the film is closing up the saga, it will likely go smaller rather than bigger with its ambitions which makes a familiar bloodline reveal more understandable. Abrams was still tweaking the film a bit during production according to Rey actress Daisy Ridley. Speaking with GMA over the weekend, she says the ending in particular was retooled:
“J.J. had told me [the ending], and then I read the script, and then it was sort of shifting. The ending was always pretty similar, and then I was told there was sort of a new – I guess a slightly different beat added that I was told, which was awesome. Because it’s nice to be told the thing and then you can like experience it with the filmmaker. But also, we don’t know how it’s gonna turn out. We did the thing on this side of the camera, so we don’t know how it’s gonna turn out. So I’m as excited to see it as everyone else.”
Whatever the truth and ending is for the saga, we’ll find out when “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” hits cinemas on December 20th.