With Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director JJ Abrams set up an entire mystery around Rey’s parents. They had left her on the planet of Jakku to pretty much fend for herself, turning her into the scavenger we see her as at the beginning of the flick. Fans spent two years speculating over just who they could be.
Then Rian Johnson came along with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and threw that question into the wood chipper. Rather than have Rey come from any recognizable lineage, she was the daughter of nobody. Her parents pretty much just sold her off for drinking money. This was a reality that Rey had been avoiding her whole life, but many fans did not take to it, and it’s one of the reasons why so many have turned on the film.
But what were Abrams’ original plans? Did he have a plan at all? This is the guy who loves creating mystery boxes that ultimately underwhelm. Happy Sad Confused podcast host Josh Horowitz took to Twitter to share a snippet from his recent interview with Simon Pegg:
“Simon Pegg confirms what I’ve long heard, JJ had a much different plan for Rey’s parentage. ‘I know what JJ kind of intended or at least was being chucked around. I think that’s kind of been undone slightly by the last one. There was some talk of a relevant lineage for her.'”
So while this is far from an official confirmation, it sounds like Abrams did have bigger plans for her parents. But is that the direction you would have preferred? Personally, I think having her parents related to the Force is a tired narrative. I love the idea that she really is nobody and that she needs to forge her own path, but I know that’s not the popular opinion.
Would you have preferred her parents to have been well-known Force-sensitive folks? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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SOURCE: Josh Horowitz