– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Adam Driver may have just revealed some key plot elements regarding this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Speaking with GQ, the actor discussed the elements of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and what drew him to the project.

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Here’s what Driver said:

“I remember the initial conversations about having things ‘skinned,’ peeling away layers to evolve into other people, and the person Kylo’s pretending to be on the outside is not who he is. He’s a vulnerable kid who doesn’t know where to put his energy, but when he puts his mask on, suddenly, he’s playing a role. JJ had that idea initially and I think Rian took it to the next level. You have, also, the hidden identity of this princess who’s hiding who she really is so she can survive and Kylo Ren and her hiding behind these artifices.”

Kylo Ren’s own motivations aren’t too surprising, as we saw plenty of that in The Force Awakens, and in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It was that quote regarding Rey that was the big shocker.

Is this true? Is Rey actually the princess of someone really big? If so, this would seem to throw out all the big theories revolving around her being a Skywalker, which will be disappointing to some. All the same, we still know very little of what kind of princess she’s supposed to be, and why she ran off, so there’s still a whole lot to uncover, which is nice.

What do you think of this potential spoiler? Let us know down below!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

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  • Lenin1959

    PRINCESS Leia of Alderaan… So why can Rey not be a Skywalker?

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      Leia ain’t a princess anymore. Alderaan is gone. That’s how.

      • Lenin1959

        But she has been a princess. And Amidala has been a queen. And Rey is a princess looking a lot like both. Wait… what could this possibly mean? Call a rocket scientist!

        • Joseph Jammer Medina

          I suppose so, but it would feel a bit false to call her a princess in hiding if her planet was destroyed years before she was born. But I guess you never know. I feel like making her Leia’s daughter would make their scenes together in TFA feel disingenuous. I guess I’m just hoping that’s no the case.

          • Lenin1959

            Us old fans all had their dreams and ideas about the sequel trilogy. I had mine back in 1983 right after watching Return of the Jedi for the first time at our local movie theater. To me, The Force Awakens was not what I had been hoping for. I have my fingers crossed for The Last Jedi and I have some faith in Rian Johnson (much more than in JJA).

            I like Rogue 1 a lot, though. It proved that Star Wars can still be good. I really hope that JJA understood why Rogue 1 worked and why TFA didn’t.

            And about Rey: Rei is the portugese word for King. Could mean something.

            When I first heard about the sequels, I was hoping for a story 50 or even better 100 years after the Endor battle. The old heroes had become myths (this is what TFA did well, just too soon) and it is pretty much a new universe with the new Jedi order fighting enemies. Enemies from other places and enemies within. With Kylo Ren, we got the enemy within the new order – but we still don’t know what really happnened and why it happened. Also, I don’t like what Disney is doing with and to the character of Luke Skywalker. He deserved better after the OT. I wish Disney would not have brought the classic characters back but of course they had to. Disney wanted to play it safe and maximize profits – so they went the conservative and safe route with Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, and some others.

          • Kindofabigdeal

            Well Father Merrin did say that to him General Leia is royalty. I’m sure some will still honor it as an informal title out of respect for Alderaan.

  • Lenin1959

    The only alternative with links to the Star Wars EU is a link to Kenobi and DUCHESS Satine Kryze (Clone Wars). This would not make Rey a princess, though.

    Or EMPEROR Palpatine’s female clone/genetic experiment? With some of Luke’s DNA? Least possible alternative.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Come on, it’s being made to mirror the original 3. Rey will get the reveal at the end of the episode. But what will really mess with people is have that reveal be a lie. And then the real truth comes out in Episode Bynx.

  • dsbrown44

    I’m in the camp that he is using “princess” figuratively. Nothing to see here. Plus, with a print interview, I would bet there is some oversight in what makes it into final publishing.

  • TheOct8pus

    Maybe he meant “Princess” in an insulting way….

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Now I want a scene where Rey gets mad at Kylo and he replies “Well excuuuse me princess.”

  • Kronx

    I just don’t see a scenario where Rey being a princess is meaningful to the development of the trilogy’s story. Her life as a mystical space samurai in training is more than enough wish fulfillment for the audience.

    She was also abandoned at an age old enough to know and remember her parents and is waiting for them to return. So I think that eliminates most candidates we know.

    The only reason to be hidden would be if she was Snoke’s daughter. Perhaps she was abducted and raised by good people who she thought were her real parents who then had to abandon her on a Jakku outpost to keep her safe. But that’s a little too close to the OT.

  • Fallout Boy!

    Millennial torch passing and all Disney depictions of parents as incompetent or castrated/irrelevant/ineffective/evil define this whole thing. So, Rey kills Luke because KK insists on feminism above storyline, Snoke is another white bigbad bc white=racism=evil, and mediocrity wins the day. Her illogical prowess including absurd flying – destroyed suspension of disbelief in TFA, we’re supposed to extrapolate years of dysfunctional parenting to result in Han’s death, a mugging black dude is supposed to fill the diversity card – REALLY? Casting all the Stormtroopers -meaning Tem as all the clones and now Finn as the only other known representative – as poc for lame slavery analogy? REALLY? Ultra advanced but no behavioral inhibitors for millions of Stormtroopers? Uhhhh… No. Sure, sure… She’s a princess, Luke’s the villain, Kylo is the Emo Emperor reincarnate, Snoke = plot device, Chewie lets a rat co-pilot, and the black X-wing gets wasted. Keep up the good work.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.