Daisy Ridley Says The Answer To Reys Parents is in ‘The Force Awakens’

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“Whomever you’re waiting for on Jakku, they’re never coming back.” – Maz Kanata

When The Force Awakens cut to the end credits, the parentage of the franchise’s new lead heroine, Rey (Daisy Ridley), remained a mystery. The film was littered with clues that suggested Rey could either be the daughter or Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) or that her parents are characters we have yet to be introduced to.

While promoting the new documentary The Eagle Huntress, for which she serves as Executive producer, Ridley told Time Out London that she was caught by surprise at audiences reactions and their lack of understanding of her character’s origin:

“I thought a lot was answered in ‘The Force Awakens’. Then after the screening I went for a drink with my agent and everyone, and we were chatting away and I realized that oh, in their minds it’s not answered at all!”

Luke Skywalker has always been my favorite Star Wars character. Sure Han Solo is great but I never wanted to be Han. I wanted to be Luke. It wasn’t until Rey came along did the franchise have another character that came close to being as incredible as Luke for me. That being said, I will be pretty disappointed if she turns out not to be his daughter because I think if there has ever been a character worthy of the Skywalker name, it’s Rey.

Unfortunately, based on the clues in The Force Awakens and what we already know about the force, I don’t think Rey is Lukes daughter. Like Anakin, I think Rey is a vergence in the force. A vergence or nexus point was a phenomenon of the force that was centered on a place or around an object, and in some rare cases a person.

I have encountered a vergence in the Force.”
“Located around a person?”

―Qui-Gon Jinn and Mace Windu on the discovery of Anakin Skywalker.

When the force is out of balance, the force itself will create a vergence to restore the balance between the light and the dark. With the dark side rising in Snoke and Kylo Ren — and Luke in exile on Ahch-To, it’s possible that Rey was created with the purpose of finding Luke and restoring balance to the force in the galaxy with him.

We’ll find out next Christmas when Star Wars Episode VIII hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

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SOURCE: TIME OUT

Kathleen Kennedy Talks the Future of the Star Wars Franchise

The creative minds behind the new generation of Star Wars will meet in January to discuss and outline the future of the franchise.

As Entertainment Weekly revealed yesterday, Lucasfilm will host a top secret meeting this coming January to discuss and outline to future of the Star Wars franchise. Thanks to a new story published by EW, we now have an idea of just who will be in attendance, helping shape the continuation of the epic saga. The super secret summit will bring together the leading creatives behind the newest generation of Star Wars films to help shape the Star Wars universe for years to come.

EW asked President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy who exactly would be helping to decide where to take the franchise:

“The story team and the trust, and the visual effects team that we have been working with. We always pull in the directors and the writers that have been a part of these other three movies. We create pretty much a very collegiate group of people to share ideas.”

Hopefully, this means director JJ Abrams, as well as Rian Johnson and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, will continue to be involved. Kasdan wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi plus co-wrote The Force Awakens with Abrams. Johnson, a brilliant filmmaker, has both written and directed the next chapter in the Skywalker Saga, the currently untitled Episode VIII.

The possibilities of where the franchise could go are endless. Die hard fans are aching to see a Knights of the Old Republic film or trilogy as well as a solo feature for Obi-Wan Kenobi. Actor Ewan McGregor who portrayed Kenobi in the prequel films has been campaigning to get the movie made himself.

Lucasfilm had a Boba Fett solo feature in development with Jost Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four) attached to direct, however. After word got out about the production woes on-set of the Fantastic Four, followed by the trainwreck of a film that was released, Trank was pulled from the project and it remains shelved for the time being. Lucasfilm had gone far enough into development that a teaser had planned to debut at Star Wars Celebration 2015 according to EW’s sources.

The big question that all Star Wars fans are asking is what happens beyond Episode IX? As of now, the last release set on the Star Wars calendar is Episode IX directed by Colin Trevorrow. Will the Skywalker saga come to a close? Or will Episode IX leave things open for a new beginning?

Kennedy revealed they don’t actually know but that it is currently being mulled over at Lucasfilm:

“That’s a conversation going on right now, too. I have to honestly tell you, could we [do nothing but stand-alones]? Sure. But I don’t know. We are looking at all of that.”

Lucasfilm has made the wise decision to restrain any further action until Rogue One is released into the world and the reaction to the film can be gauged. Even more pressure is now on Garreth Edwards and the rebel spies in Rogue One as the success or failure of the film will determine the direction the future of the franchise heads in.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

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SOURCE: EW

JJ Abrams Reveals CG in ‘Star Wars’ You Never Noticed

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is getting ramping up to its 3D blu-ray collectors edition which will feature several deleted scenes as well as a commentary track with director JJ Abrams providing new insight into the production of the incredible film.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is getting ramping up to its 3D blu-ray collectors edition which will feature several deleted scenes as well as a commentary track with director JJ Abrams providing new insight into the production of the incredible film.

The Force Awakens struck a perfect balance between visual and practical effects to the point that it was able to trick your eye into believing a visual effect was actually practical and vice versa. Plenty of scenes featured visual effects that you would have never guessed were CGI and this morning it has been brought to our attention thanks to io9 (h/t CBR) just exactly what one of those scenes were.

In a clip, which you can view over at io9, Abrams discusses how Kylo Ren’s face was to first be revealed in the scene that introduced Supreme Leader Snoke, however. It was later decided to add Ren’s mask back onto Adam Driver in post production. This marks the second scene where Ren’s face was going to be revealed instead of when he removed his mask to show Rey he was not a monster, but a human underneath what was simply an intimidation device. The shot when he slammed his mask down into what I believe were the ashes of Darth Vader, was actually shot for the scene when Ren spoke to Vader’s mask in his chamber. The shot was lifted and then placed back into the interrogation scene later in the film. This has me wondering what other scenes Ren’s mask could have been a visual effect in but I don’t think when he spoke to Vader’s mask was one of them. I believe they actually shot that scene twice, once with Ren’s mask on and once with it off as they were still trying to figure out when the right time for the reveal was going to be. Hopefully, the 3D blu-ray will shed more light on this.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens 3D blu-ray collectors edition hits shelves November 15th.

SOURCE: io9 (via CBR)

Why Obi-Wan Kenobi Can’t Be Rey’s Father

Continuing on her press tour promoting the new documentary ‘The Eagle Huntress’ for which she serves as executive producer, actress Daisy Ridley offered a clue as to when we might get to learn the parentage of her character Rey, who was introduced to audiences last Christmas in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Continuing on her press tour promoting the new documentary The Eagle Huntress for which she serves as executive producer, actress Daisy Ridley offered a clue as to when we might get to learn the parentage of her character Rey, who was introduced to audiences last Christmas in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

When asked by Vulture about the fan-theory that Obi-Wan Kenobi is Rey’s father, Ridley had this to say:

We will see in a year. Just sit tight on that question.

Sounds like we will definitely be getting the answer in a year when Episode VIII hits theaters. But there is one thing I can tell you for sure, Rey’s father is most certainly not Obi-Wan Kenobi.

What we know:

The Force Awakens is set 32 years after Return of the Jedi, the end of the classic trilogy which spanned 6 years in the timeline — making it a total of 38 years since the death of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. At the time of The Force Awakens, Rey is 19 years old, which means she would not be conceived for another 19 years after Obi-Wan’s death so it would be impossible for the Jedi Master to be her father unless he donated to a galactic sperm bank before his demise.

What makes sense:

While some signs point to Luke Skywalker being the father of Rey, there is a bigger chance that Rey is actually a vergence in the force. A vergence or nexus point was a phenomenon of the force that was centered on a place or around an object, and in some rare cases a person.

I have encountered a vergence in the Force.”
“Located around a person?”

―Qui-Gon Jinn and Mace Windu on the discovery of Anakin Skywalker.

When the force is out of balance, the force itself will create a vergence to restore balance between the light and the dark. With the dark side rising with Snoke and Kylo Ren — and Luke in exile on Ahch-To, it’s possible that Rey was created with the purpose of finding Luke and restoring balance to the force in the galaxy together.

SOURCE: VULTURE

JJ Abrams Talks Rey’s Forceback in ‘The Force Awakens’

Another clip from the commentary track on the upcoming 3D blu-ray collectors edition of The Force Awakens featuring director of JJ Abrams made it’s debut on yesterday’s episode of ‘The Star Wars Show’.

Another clip from the commentary track on the upcoming 3D blu-ray collectors edition of The Force Awakens featuring director of JJ Abrams made it’s debut on yesterday’s episode of ‘The Star Wars Show’.

In the clip, which begins at 1:54 into the episode, Abrams provides his insight to one of the more mysterious scenes in the film — when Rey discovers and touches Anakin Skywalkers original lightsaber, lost by Luke in The Empire Strikes Back — propelling Rey into her forceback vision, witnessing several moments in time from the Skywalker Saga.

In this scene, she is drawn to this place, almost like Cinderella. And she goes to this box, which, when she opens, she discovers something that of course has no meaning to her. She’s never seen this before — doesn’t know what it is, but has meaning to the audience. Touching the lightsaber triggers what we called the “Forceback.” There were many iterations of this. In one, from the Cloud City Corridor, she looked down and saw Vader fighting Luke, which we ended up cutting. We wanted it to be a more personal story, something that she couldn’t comprehend, that was overwhelming to her, frightening to her, that was taking her through all of these elemental experiences, of fire, of rain, snow, wind. But also that she was being confronted with truths about the Force, about the past. The Knights of Ren here, the past for herself. She realizes that the cries she heard were actually her own cries as a young girl being taken away from her family. And then she hears a voice, “Rey,” and that’s Obi-Wan Kenobi.

What’s interesting here is that Abrams mentions how Rey saw Luke in his confrontation with Darth Vader — which was cut from the film, however. What he doesn’t mention was the young boy she also saw at the end of the corridor on Cloud City. While the book does not describe who he is, most fans assume it is a young Anakin Skywalker.

Due to these moments being cut from the film but still included in the novelization by Alan Dean Foster, the canon tends to get a bit murky specifically for The Force Awakens. But Lucasfilm has said that everything included in the novelization is in fact canon.

There are several other scenes that were cut from the film as well including Unkar Plutt catching up to Rey on Takodana which was revealed in a clip just the other day. In addition to that, Poe’s escape from Jakku was also mysteriously absent from the film but made it’s way into a DLC for the films Lego game. I myself was pretty confused when he popped up leading the Resistance into battle against the First Order smack dab in the middle of the film’s second act.

Lastly, when Rey began to overtake Kylo Ren in their duel she heard a mysterious voice egging her on to strike down Kylo. While it was not said who the voice belonged to, many fans assume this was Supreme Leader Snoke communicating to her as she no doubt channeled the dark side.

Time will tell whether we learn if any more of the film found it’s way to the cutting room floor (I’m looking at you Korr Sella).

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens 3D blu-ray collectors edition hits shelves November 15, 2016.

Daisy Ridley on Rey/Jyn Erso Theory

Daisy Ridley is making the rounds promoting her new documentary “The Eagle Huntress” which she served as the executive producer and narrator for. When speaking with Yahoo! Daisy was asked what she thought about the fan theories online which speculate that Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is actually the mother of Rey.

Daisy Ridley is making the rounds promoting her new documentary “The Eagle Huntress” which she served as the executive producer and narrator for. When speaking with Yahoo! Daisy was asked what she thought about the fan theories online which speculate that Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is actually the mother of Rey.

I don’t know. That’ll be interesting when I see Rogue One. But I don’t watch things and think in that way. So I think I’m just gonna watch it and be blown away.

For those wondering, there is very little chance that Jyn is the mother of Rey. At the time of Rogue One, Rey would not be born for another twenty years at least. The character of Rey is only nineteen years old in The Force Awakens which takes place thirty-two years after Return of the JediRogue takes place just before the classic trilogy which spans six years in the timeline. By the time Rey would be born, Jyn would most likely be in menopause.

On top of that, if there was ever any intention of Jyn being her mother, Lucasfilm would have already started planting the easter eggs to allude to that connection. As of now, there are only minor suggestions that Luke Skywalker could be her father but they are countered by just as much evidence that he is not her father. For me personally, the only clue I take seriously in regards to Rey’s parentage is at the very end of The Force Awakens end credits during John Williams’ incredible score when the force theme calls out only for Rey’s theme to answer it.

To read the full interview with Daisy including her thoughts on Felicity Jones as she embarks on the whirlwind of a press tour for Rogue similar to what Daisy experienced last year, head on over to Yahoo!

SOURCE: YAHOO!

JJ Abrams Talks ‘Star Wars’: “The Force Awakens” Reshoots

Today Yahoo! has got the exclusive on another preview of the film’s commentary track featuring Abrams discussing one of the film’s most iconic moments when Rey (Daisy Ridley) takes a moment to focus and find the strength of the force within her as she duels with Kylo Ren.

The 3D collections edition blu-ray for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is getting ready to hit shelves on November 15. Just a few days ago Lucasfilm released a clip from the film’s commentary track featuring director JJ Abrams commenting on that heartbreaking scene that left many fans with their guts ripped out.

Today Yahoo! has got the exclusive on another preview of the film’s commentary track featuring Abrams discussing one of the film’s most iconic moments when Rey (Daisy Ridley) takes a moment to focus and find the strength of the force within her as she duels with Kylo Ren.

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It’s interesting that JJ mentions the shot featuring Rey in her fiercest moment — no doubt channeling the dark side — was actually a reshoot added into the duel at a later point. This is most definitely an attempt to ease audience’s minds who are feeling a bit trepidatious over the infamous reshoots for the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

In addition to the reshoots for the duel in the snow, JJ Abrams has already gone on record stating that the chemistry between Rey and Finn (John Boyega) was not working after he reviewed dailies from the shoot in Abu Dhabi. At first, there was too much hostility between the two characters. Some scenes were completely reshot including much of what happened on the Millennium Falcon after the two escaped from Jakku. Harrison Ford’s on-set injury allowed Abrams to go back and rewrite the scenes he felt needed improvement.

Head on over to IGN to watch another clip from the commentary where Abrams describes the differences between what was originally shot for Rey and Finn’s first meeting compared to what was reshot for the film’s final cut.

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