Here's How Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Will Handle Rey's Lineage
We're less than a week out from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and while director J.J. Abrams has spoken about what he's called Rian Johnson's "unconventional approach" to The Last Jedi, Rise of Skywalker co-writer Chris Terrio has opened up about the creative process for crafting the final chapter in the Skywalker Saga.Talking to Rolling Stone, Terrio discussed trying to blend together the ideas about Rey's origins that Abrams started in The Force Awakens and the story Kylo Ren told her in The Last Jedi, about her parents being junk traders."That’s a really interesting thing that Rian did," Terrio said. "It’s a democratization 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. There’s a lot of ground in between.""When [Kylo] says 'You’re no one' — well, what does that mean?," Terrio continued. "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.""If Force Awakens asks the question of who is Rey and where did she come from, and then The Last Jedi answered it with a negative in a certain way, hopefully The Rise of Skywalker will take those two ideas and create a third thing."Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is projected to earn close to $200 million in its debut as it brings the entire Skywalker Saga that began back in 1977 with Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope to an end.
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