Colin Trevorrow has spilled the beans — at least more beans than the secretive Disney is comfortable with him revealing — in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
As a young director, Trevorrow has very little experience dealing with the hush-hush nature of mega blockbusters, and some media outlets are starting to surmise that his much-talked-about interview ruined a few surprises to come.
While it may be a stretch to go that far, he did spit out some details that Star Wars Episode VIII director Rian Johnson is unlikely to appreciate, particularly regarding some of the original trilogy characters and the new Star Wars “Rey” character, played by Daisy Ridley.
If you haven’t seen the film yet, turn back now, as this article will be getting into spoilers territory from this point forward.
Ready? Here goes.
Concerning Rey’s parentage, Colin Trevorrow said this in comments reported by the Mary Sue.
“We’re going to make sure that that answer is deeply and profoundly satisfying […] Rey is a character that is important in this universe, not just in the context of The Force Awakens, but in the entire galaxy. She deserves it. We’ll make sure that that answer is something that feels like it was something that happened a long time ago, far away, and we’re just telling you what happened.
“[…] What’s interesting is I’m not creating a host of new characters. I have a lot of characters that people really love that we’re going to make sure are all honored. No one’s going to be left behind.”
Before moving deeper into his comments, here’s a bit of unpacking to what he just said. First of all, the answer will be “deeply” and “profoundly” satisfying — in other words, Colin Trevorrow is acknowledging that there is a mystery afoot regarding her parentage, and the only way to deeply and profoundly solve that mystery is to give audiences something they are not expecting.
That means Luke Skywalker and Han Solo and Leia Organa are pretty much out as her parents, since virtually every fan in the Star Wars Universe is predicting she is the direct descendant of at least one of them.
Next, Rey is a character “important in this universe,” and, Colin Trevorrow is quick to point out that her importance goes beyond The Force Awakens, touching “the entire galaxy.”
The only character — at least in the films — who has that sort of importance is Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.
The answers to her identity can be found “a long time ago, far away” — in other words, Rey, at least in spirit, has been around for longer than the span of this new trilogy.
Finally, Colin Trevorrow admits he’s “not creating a host of new characters.”
Instead Star Wars Episode IX, which the Jurassic World director will helm, is going to be relying significantly on what has already been established character-wise.
So if Rey’s parents are not to be new characters, and they’re not to be Luke, Leia, or Han, who are they?
As the Inquisitr previously reported during opening weekend, it is entirely possible that Rey is the reincarnation of Anakin Skywalker, the one prophesied to bring balance to the Force.
Since Return of the Jedi, there has been anything but balance, as revealed in The Force Awakens, and so Anakin’s mission is still not complete. Since, according to The Phantom Menace, he had no father to begin with, it’s clear that the powers-that-be aren’t above digging into religious mythology for story ideas.
The “virgin birth” of TPM could credibly be followed by a reincarnation angle in the new trilogy, and given the comments of Colin Trevorrow, it is clearly not out of the realm of possibility.
That said, the director wasn’t done “spoiling” Episode VIII for fans in his ET interview.
He also acknowledged that Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher would still be around for Episode IX, and that he couldn’t wait to take their characters of Luke and Leia and make “their presence… even greater [in IX].”
He added that he was eager “to find new places that we can take those characters.”
“They are icons, but they’re also people that have suffered tremendous loss and challenge over the course of all these films,” he said.
What do you think about the comments of Colin Trevorrow — did he reveal too much and “confirm” Rey’s identity, or is there still more to learn?
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