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Rian Johnson Says Rey’s Reveal From Star Wars: The Last Jedi is ‘Still Open’

December 31, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow.

Rian Johnson discussed the reveal of Rey’s past in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, noting that the truth is “still open.” Speaking with Huff Post, Johnson talked about Kylo Ren revealing that her parents were junk traders who sold her for drinking money and are now long dead.

“What’s going to make life hardest on her? It would be the big ‘I am your father’ twist,” Johnson said. He noted that Luke finding out that Darth Vader is his father is “the hardest thing the character could possibly hear in that moment. And same thing with Rey and her parentage. The easy thing would be, ‘Yes, your parents are so and so and here’s your place in the world. There you go.’ The hardest thing she could hear would be…‘No, you’re not going to get the answer. This is not going to define you. You’re going to have to find your own place in this world. Kylo is going to use that even as leverage to try and make you feel insecure, and you’re going to have to stand on your own two feet.’”

Asked whether that is the definitive answer to Rey’s parentage, Johnson said, “Anything’s still open, and I’m not writing the next film. [J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio] are doing it…With all of these movies, Obi-Wan’s whole speech about a certain point of view always applies, so I think that you have to always think about the context of how information is given. But for me, dramatically, that’s why that reveal at that moment made sense.”