Daisy Ridley Addresses New Rumors About Rey’s Parentage, Says She Doesn’t Think Rey Is a Jedi
The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer debuted last week to the typical Internet shenanigans, including ass-backwards backlash over Disney making two female-driven Star Wars movies in a row, and rampant speculation from fans over how Rogue One ties into Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Specifically, many fans theorized that Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso is Rey’s mother. Since the young Han Solo film will be the next installment in the Star Wars Anthology series, it would make sense, chronologically, at least, for Rey to be the child of Jyn and Han. As Bustle points out, that theory could also explain some ambiguities from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, such as why Leia hugs Rey first instead of Chewie following Han’s death, and why Kylo Ren says “it is you” to Rey during their lightsaber battle in the forest.
During an interview with MTV yesterday, Daisy Ridley herself addressed the Jyn/Rey rumors: “I’m not being funny you guys, but just because she’s white and got brown hair… it doesn’t mean she’s my mom.”
She went on to say that ultimately, Rey’s origins are less important than where she’s going: “I think the amazing thing about [Episode VII] is that Finn and Rey don’t come from anywhere, and they find a place. So to me, it’s funny that people think it’s so important, because I don’t really think it is.”
Ridley went on to describe Episode VIII as “darker” than The Force Awakens and, when asked about what’s ahead for Rey in terms of the Force, she explained “I don’t know if I am a Jedi… I don’t think I am […] We’ve had this debate as to whether Leia is because she uses her Force powers. Just because she’s not like, oh I’m going on an adventure like Luke doesn’t make her any less Forceful.”
I’m not sure what to make of Daisy Ridley’s Jedi comments, but obviously there’s very little she can say about any kind of fan rumors, be they about Rey’s parentage or Rey’s potential Jedi status. As for the former, I’m honestly not buying that Jyn isn’t at least related to Rey; it’s hard to believe that Disney would cast two such similar actresses in sequential Star Wars movies without a really good reason. Unless they’re trying to throw us off the scent of Rey’s real parents?
Ugh. Waiting for new Star Wars movies is hard.
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