A Star Wars: The Force Awakens character is “extremely significant” in the new trilogy, according to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
Despite the excitement fans feel any time there is new information from studio executives, Kennedy didn’t really share any details about the mysterious Star Wars: The Force Awakens plot. However, she did have a bit of information for hungry fans who are getting ready for the blockbuster’s release in about two months.
Kennedy spoke about one of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens characters in an interview with the Guardian. Without revealing much, the Lucasfilm executive said Rey, the character played by relatively unknown (for now) British actress Daisy Ridley, is “extremely significant” to the new canon.
We know Ridley will be on board for the entire Star Wars trilogy, and Kennedy’s comments certainly reaffirm the scavenger’s importance as a new The Force Awakens character. In addition to getting fans fired up as the release date nears, Kennedy’s statement served to fuel the speculation that Rey is a Skywalker.
Director J.J. Abrams said earlier this fall that he has kept Star Wars: The Force Awakens characters Rey and Finn’s last names secret so as to not reveal important plot details. This was received with increased theories about who their parents are.
From the time when her name was added as a Star Wars: The Force Awakens character, Daisy Ridley’s Rey has been rumored to be the child of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). Incidentally, we have not seen what either Leia or her brother, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), look like 30 years after Return of the Jedi, though Hamill’s voice narrated the first full-length trailer.
The implications of Rey’s ancestry are indeed significant and apparently central to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens plot, but we still don’t know anything other than she’s important and she’s a woman.
During the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, Kennedy only said about the Star Wars: The Force Awakens character, “I don’t want to spoil the story.”
Needless to say, as the big day, December 18, 2015, fast approaches, fans are in a frenzy for more official details, which are almost impossible to come by. Abrams and Kennedy have successfully kept the major plot details under wraps, even though Abrams suggested that some of the fan theories floating around the net are correct and some aren’t.
While most understand that executives can’t actually reveal all the Star Wars: The Force Awakens character details, they appreciate the open access Abrams and Kennedy have displayed thus far. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Abrams talked about embracing the loyal fandom and walking that fine line.
“… the sharing of information and engaging with the fans is something that I really admire.
“My instinct is to typically keep things quiet – and if I had my way, perhaps we would be showing less – but the truth is, I want to make sure that the fans aren’t feeling like we are holding back for the sake of it.”
Without giving plot secrets away, Abrams confirmed that Rey and Finn (John Boyega)’s last name had been kept secret purposely to protect their true identities. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens characters and plot have been somewhat revealed in the trailers and behind-the-scenes clips released thus far.
This week, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that the last Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer will premiere on Monday, October 19, and it will also be attached to the new James Bond movie, Spectre, opening November 6. Additionally, rumors are fans will have the option to buy tickets for the big December 18 opening on Monday as well. The time has not been confirmed.
Which of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens characters are you most excited about?
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