The Force origins have never been looked at closely in a Star Wars film, but that could soon be changing depending on which crazy fan theory that you believe.
Stormtrooper Larry recently posted a supposedly “leaked” script excerpt in which it was revealed that Rey was the reincarnation of the original Force incarnate girl.
It all apparently began when two children (a boy and girl) living on a supposedly undiscovered planet with their parents came into contact with a mysterious tree that helped them develop Force-like powers.
One turned good; the other turned evil. The Force origins story finds the girl being the good one and the boy being the bad. Rey is the second coming of this girl.
There is ample reason to doubt this spoiler. For starters, the formatting is off for a Hollywood script, and secondly, it is not very professionally written.
However, it does bring up an interesting question and one that ScreenRant recently explored at length in a post entitled, “Should Star Wars 8 Explore the Origins of the Force?”
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While the site’s Chris Agar takes a more balanced approach to the pros and cons of revealing the Force origins in the next Star Wars, it is somewhat clear that that could be a poor approach at this stage of the game for the following reasons.
The Force Origins were never pertinent to Original Trilogy storytelling, or the prequels for that matter.
In the 1977 original, The Force is either accepted or rejected by the characters in it. Luke was open to it; Obi-Wan Kenobi confirmed it; And Han Solo thinks it’s a bunch of mumbo jumbo.
For some, the connection is clear and unmistakable, while for others, there is a clear lack of sensitivity.
This is consistently followed in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and the prequels. At no point does anyone pause to ask the question of where it all came from, so going that direction would be inconsistent with the franchise as a whole.
Revealing the Force Origins would limit the franchise moving forward.
Disney is onto something good with their reboot of the Star Wars saga. Their first effort — Star Wars: The Force Awakens — grossed more than $2 billion worldwide and was a smash hit with most critics and moviegoers.
If handled correctly, there is a lot of life left in the franchise, but as anyone knows who grew up watching Friends, the moment Ross and Rachel got together, it was all downhill from there.
By revealing the Force’s origins, Disney would put their burgeoning take on the classic franchise on the fast track to burnout.
Future laws of the film universe would be limited by the revelations in this one film — not a good move when you have Star Wars movies lined up for the foreseeable future.
What makes the world George Lucas created so great is its scope — all the wondrous storytelling possibilities that exist within it.
By clearly defining the “rules” for how this universe is set up, Disney would be taking a risk that could effectively cripple future trilogies. (You know they’re coming.)
Lastly, revealing the Force origins could cheapen the role of Anakin/Darth Vader.
If the “leaks” revealed by Stormtrooper Larry are true, then Anakin Skywalker was a fraud, and it pretty much sullies the emotional impact of his arc.
But even if they’re not true, and you’re talking about a general definition of the Force origins, you threaten to tarnish the role that Anakin/Vader was to play through the first six films.
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But what do you think, readers? Should the Force origins be explored in the next films, or should Disney continue to focus on new characters and storytelling in the universe that Lucas set forth 40 years ago? Sound off in the comments section below.
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