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Star Wars Retconning Last Jedi and Daisy Ridley on Rey’s Parents

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Who is Ray? It’s a question that has become one of the defining themes of the most recent “Star Wars” trilogy. The answer is simple (she’s Emperor Palpatine’s granddaughter), but the road to it was anything but.

Rey’s parentage was kept a mystery in “The Force Awakens,” debating fan theories as to whether the character is descended from a Skywalker or Kenobi. “The Last Jedi” dismissed theories that Rey was a nobody, an orphan whose parents were not tied to the “Star Wars” theory. “The Rise of Skywalker” then backtracks, revealing Rey as Emperor Palpatine’s granddaughter.

Given the widely divisive response to “The Last Jedi,” many felt that “The Rise of Skywalker” reinstating Rey’s “none” parentage and linking her lineage to Palpatine was a deliberate choice made by Lucasfilm to appease fans. for Rey herself, Daisy Ridley, recently weighed in on the retcon controversy during an interview with Rolling Stone.

“Well, JJ [Abrams] As he was, he belonged to nobody, so it wasn’t just ‘The Last Jedi’ that had that message,” Ridley said. “What was interesting to me about the ending is that you can be a hero and come from nowhere or you can be a hero and come from literally the worst person in the universe. You are not your parents, you are not your grandparents, you are not your bloodline and you are not the generation before you. So, I always was, sure.”

“But it’s out of my pay grade,” Ridley added. “I talk, I do the work. I like the version of it, you can be whoever you want to be, but I also like the version where you can right the wrongs and you can’t help what you’re born with.”

So there you have it. Ridley was fine with the decision to make Rey Palpatine, even if he would have preferred Rey to be “no one”. The actor has always been at the center of fan controversies surrounding Rey, and he even left social media during his “Star Wars” tenure to respond to vitriol from venomous trolls. Ridley said recently diversity A future female lead like Amandla Stenberg in “Star Wars” “The Acolyte” should just make the noise go away.

“The world is a crazy place,” Ridley said. “It’s the important thing to tune out. Not just with ‘Star Wars’, but with everything, you try and be in the moment and enjoy it because life moves fast. Amandla Stenberg can handle herself. He has been working for a long time.”

Ridley concluded, “Everybody knows how things are and how they can be.” “We’re all living there, people saying more than they need to and commenting more than they need to. It is so distinctive. Find the good in it and enjoy it.”

Ridley recently debuted his new indie drama, “Sometimes I Think About Death,” at the Sundance Film Festival.

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