It goes without saying that Star Wars had a good thing going with the Rey character until Disney decided to meddle with J.J. Abrams' creative vision which ultimately led to the sequel trilogy's main protagonist garnering a divisive reception from the fandom.
The way Rey entered the scene and was revealed to be a Force-sensitive "nobody" was already so compelling but of course, we all know how her character arc progressed in the next two films. Now, Daisy Ridley is sharing new details about Abrams' original plans for the character that quite frankly Disney should've just stuck with.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the 30-year-old British star revealed that J.J. Abrams was the mastermind behind Rey being presented as a "nobody", and that retcon towards the end of the trilogy where she was shown to be a descendant of Emperor Palpatine was never on the cards initially.
She shares: "Well, J.J. [Abrams] was the one who was like, she is of no one, so it wasn’t just The Last Jedi where that was the message. What was interesting about the last one, for me, was that you can be a hero and not come from anywhere or you can be a hero and come from literally the worst person in the universe. You’re not your parents, you’re not your grandparents, you’re not your bloodline and you’re not the generations before you. So, I was always like, sure."
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It's well-documented that Disney didn't know how to handle the sequel trilogy which led to its demise. While we can no longer undo the mistakes that were committed, I just hope the company learned a valuable lesson.
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