One of the greatest mysteries created by the plot of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens has centered around the character played by Daisy Ridley and the lineage that has produced Rey. In short, everyone is very interested in Rey’s parents and finding out who they are been a quest undertaken by millions of Star Wars fans. Ridley herself has been inundated with questions about Rey and her parents at every public appearance, from interview to the ever popular Star Wars conventions. Now, hoping to settle the matter, or at least to allay fan concerns for the time being, Daisy is opening up about the matter of Rey’s history.
Daisy Ridley On Rey’s Parents And Star Wars: Episode 8
Ms. Ridley was again asked about Rey’s parents and Movie Web reports that she was caught off guard by the question, which may have been due to the fact that the question came, while Daisy was promoting another film, altogether. Ridley had provided her voice as a narrator for Otto Bell’s documentary, The Eagle Huntress, which was the film she was promoting when the questions turned toward her Star Wars character.
It’s believed that, having been caught unprepared for the surprise Star Wars question, Ridley revealed something she was not supposed to in answering the issue of Rey’s parentage. Daisy told the interviewer that Rey’s parents had already been revealed in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.
“I thought a lot was answered in The Force Awakens,” says Ridley. “Then after the screening I went for a drink with my agent and everyone, and we were chatting away and I realized that oh, in their minds it’s not answered at all!”
This, of course, contradicts what J.J. Abrams has said on the subject, as he has previously stated in no uncertain terms that Rey’s parents were not revealed in The Force Awakens, while suggesting that “they may not already be in her world.”
Rey may not have had contact with her parents, as Abrams suggests, but he doesn’t specifically say they were not in The Force Awakens. This may mean that they may be characters with whom Daisy Ridley did not interact in the most recent Star Wars installment.
So, That’s What Obi-Wan Was Doing In The Deserts of Tatooine
Amid rumors that Ewan McGregor may be coming to Star Wars: Episode VIII, Digital Spy has presented another theory about Rey’s parentage. The new concept may disappoint some Star Wars fans, who are clinging to the hope that Daisy’s character is the daughter of Luke Skywalker, but there may be some truth in this new theory. The idea is that Rey is not Luke’s daughter, but Obi-Wan Kenobi’s granddaughter.
It’s presumed that, when Obi-Wan exiled himself to Tatooine, he was not sitting idly by, waiting for Luke Skywalker to grow up from infant to teenager. Instead, it seems logical that he was ensuring his own family line and there is enough proof to suggest Rey is the result of his procreating.
Take the vision experienced by Daisy Ridley’s character in The Force Awakens. Star Wars fans were quick to recognize Yoda’s voice, but there were also sound bites from Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness. McGregor was brought in specifically to voice his lines, while a recording of Guinness saying the word “great” was trimmed to make it sound as though he’s calling Ridley’s character by name.
There are visual clues in The Force Awakens as well, particularly with Daisy dressed in an outfit that hearkens back to the clothes worn by McGregor in the Star Wars prequels. Creating an even more eerie resemblance, Abrams had Ridley creeping around Starkiller Base in much the same way that Guinness was seen sneaking about the Death Star in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
As Disney expands the Star Wars universe and feeds rumors of an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off, the idea that Daisy Ridley is playing the granddaughter of Kenobi doesn’t seem far-fetched at all.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is expected to hit theaters on December 15, 2017.
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