We’ve had quite the roller-coaster ride in the character journey of Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. In 2015’s The Force Awakens, she is revealed to be the true hero among the main characters, a powerful Force user and apparent heir to the Skywalker lightsaber.
The Last Jedi, premiering this December 15, seems to be taking Rey’s heroic prospects down a darker path, as trailers spell out that the First Order’s Supreme Leader Snoke and Kylo Ren have designs on her. And even while she trains under Luke Skywalker, she seemingly responds to their entreaties.
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A new teaser was released on Thursday that further enforces this apparent narrative twists. The preview ends with Rey no longer holding the blue Skywalker lightsaber but the fiery, cross-hilted red saber of Kylo’s. This could even tie into the title of Star Wars: Episode VIII being The Last Jedi.
A more hopeful interpretation from fan theorists would have it that rather than be wholly light or dark in the power of the Force, Rey could instead become the unofficially-termed “Gray” Jedi from Star Wars videogames. They are Force users who wield both Jedi and Sith facets of Force powers.
Gray Jedi seems to be an object lesson in the ideas that “Dark is not Evil” and “Light is not Good.” Perhaps Jedi and Sith must both disappear and their natures be blended into one. We’ll have to wait for the film to learn more. Last Jedi premieres December 15.