From the moment fans walked out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and had the usual post movie discussion that most all of us partake in, the big question was, is Rey a Skywalker? If not , then what family name does she carry? Who is she? What her last name is may not be the question to ask, the question would be how much does Rey’s lineage effect her, and how much does it matter to the trilogy as a whole. Star Wars: The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson, spoke with Entertainment Weekly and in typical Star Wars fashion, gave us the best answer he is legally allowed to:
“To me, it’s important insofar as it’s important to her. And I think it’s important to her in terms of what is her place in all of this? What’s going to define her in this story? She was told in the last movie that the answer’s not in the past; it’s looking forward. But she’s showing up on this island to talk to this hero from the past.”
It is important to Rey, the difference is that fans want her to have a familiar Star Wars name, whether she is a Kenobi, a Palpatine (yes I’ve heard that theory), or of course a Skywalker, most fans want her to be related to someone we know. Rey doesn’t have those same motivations, she just wants to know who her family is, regardless of the name. For the character the question is how much will knowing who her family is will change her life. Daisy Ridley, the actress who plays Rey in the film also spoke with EW:
“You can always look for answers and that doesn’t mean that the rest of your life is so easy. It’s not like, oh, I know who my parents are so now everything falls into shape, especially in the Star Wars world,” the actress says.
I can’t see Disney withholding the name, and the name not being significant, in either what it is, how it changes her, or perhaps both.
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SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly