Much hay has been made over just how well Star Wars: The Last Jedi held to what Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker says in the film proper, about things not going the way Daisy Ridley’s Rey (and the audience) might think. Some were okay with the plotline subversions; others were annoyed.
One of the major points of contention in The Last Jedi is the nature of Rey’s origins. A powerful Force-sensitive like her according to “traditional” franchise fans, would have to be related somewhat to the Skywalker family. But the movie reveals they were just Junkers who sold her for food.
As expected, many fans with knowledge of the deeper Star Wars mythos refused to accept the notion that the parents of the heroic Rey are absolute nobodies. The arguments in fan communities over the veracity of this reveal – it was dropped by the villainous Kylo Ren after all – grew vicious.
In response, the movie’s director Rian Johnson added another twist to the movie, outside the film proper itself. As regards to the truth about Rey’s parentage, the final answer to the mystery lies with J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio, who will be writing the story for Star Wars Episode IX.
Earlier interviews while The Last Jedi was still newly premiered last December have Johnson insisting that Adam Driver’s Ren was sincere about Rey’s family history. Now however, he’s singing something else. “Anything’s still open,” Johnson remarks. “And I’m not writing the next film.” So the final truth will be Abrams’.
To explain this flip-flop, Johnson now refers to what the elderly Obi-Wan Kenobi (the late Sir Alec Guinness) told a younger Luke in 1983’s Return of the Jedi about “certain points of view,” as an illustration about the complex nature about the concept of truth in the Star Wars galaxy.
“I think that you have to always think about the context of how information is given,” he notes regarding Rey seeking her past in an ancient Jedi ordeal, only to see nothing while Kylo claims he did. “But for me, dramatically, that’s why that reveal at that moment made sense.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has now surpassed the $1 billion box office mark at the turning of the New Year, now listed as the top-grossing film of 2017 in the US, and third worldwide.