This will come as absolutely no surprise to anyone, but Daisy Ridley was told Rey was no-one – until suddenly she learned about her new heritage in Episode 9. Listen, everyone knows that there was no plans to have Rey be a Palpatine, or bring back Darth Sidious. At least, not until J.J. Abrams was brought back on board and began work on what would become The Rise of Skywalker. At that point, probably due to the divided fandom after The Last Jedi, a decision was made to give Rey a Star Wars heritage.
You should be able to work this out from both the Duel of the Fates script from Colin Trevorrow, prior to Abrams return. If not, what about the fact that Iain McDiarmid was only contacted about a possible Palpatine return just before filming began on the movie? Today I guess is the final piece of evidence we need. Daisy Ridley recently spoke with Sariah Wilson, who also recently talked to Rian Johnson. Ridley was asked because Wilson liked the idea of Rey being a nobody better. It seems so did Ridley, and all was good until she was told things had changed before filming the final movie. Check it out.
"I literally was told that she was no one, so yeah, I totally understand that. I do understand that."
I apologized again for bringing up SW, and she smiled and told me, "It's all good!"
— Sariah Wilson (@sariahwilson) February 26, 2021
At this point does any of it really matter? The Last Jedi was divisive and Lucasfilm buckled and called back Mr. Abrams. Far as I am concerned it was Abrams who sent this trilogy spiraling on the wrong direction to begin with. Although, I’d also say the time constraints he was under didn’t help. On that from we have to blame the Disney executives themselves. So eager to recoup the $4 Billion + they spent on Lucasfilm, they rushed a sequel trilogy which had no business being the end of the Skywalker Saga.
I still dream of a world where The Mandalorian was the first post-Jedi content fans had. As has been proved now, the slower approach worked better. I guess the difference was, back in 2012, Disney had their eyes on an OT trio reunion. In the end though, that reunion between Han, Leia and Luke never even happened.
So big surprise, Rey was no-one until Episode 9. Sadly, Episode 9 is still the official version of how this trilogy ended, ergo, badly. Share any thoughts you have below as always.