Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’s writer Chris Terrio has opened up about building on what Rian Johnson did with Rey’s parentage in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In the previous installment to the franchise, Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren told Daisy Ridley’s character that her parents weren’t special, while the final shot implied that everyone in the Galaxy had the Force.
Terrio called what Johnson did with The Lat Jedi “really interesting,” before telling Rolling Stone, “It’s a democratisation of Star Wars, saying that your lineage and your blood doesn’t necessarily determine who you are, and your past doesn’t determine your future.”
“But we took those provocations as ideas that we could grapple with and hopefully expand upon in this film, because I don’t think it’s a dialectic of one or the other, where either you come from nothing or you are born royalty."
Terrio says that he and Abrams thought long and hard about how to interpret Kylo Ren’s declaration from The Last Jedi that Rey was no-one.
“What does that mean? Is that how Rey would think about herself? Does Rey even think of these questions? I’m trying not to reveal any story points here! There’s a Gordian knot in my tongue. I think those are really valid ideas that Rian put forth, but any series of films, especially if you have three, is a conversation — which is, as I said early on when I was talking to J.J., thesis, antithesis, and synthesis.”
Terrio believes that while The Force Awakens asks, ‘Who is Rey,’ and, ‘Where does she come from,’ questions that The Last Jedi answered “with a negative in a certain way,” he hopes that The Rise of Skywalker will “take those two ideas and create a third thing."
We’ll find out exactly what that means when Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is released on December 20.