With Star Wars in the rearview for actress Dasiy Ridley, she is dishing about behind the scenes development of the trilogy and her character Rey to Jimmy Kimmel Live guest host Josh Gad. Revealing that Rey’s parentage wasn’t always meant to be that of the grandchild of Emperor Palpatine (the daughter of his son/clone) and that she was indeed going to be connected to Obi-Wan Kenobi at some point.
RIDLEY: “No. At the beginning, there was toying with an Obi-Wan connection and there were like different versions. And then it went to she was no one and then it came to Episode 9 and J.J. pitched me the film and was like ‘Oh yeah, Palpatine is granddaddy’ and I’m like ‘awesome’. Two weeks later he was like ‘We’re not sure’, so it kept changing. Even when we were filming and I wasn’t sure what the answer was going to be.”
Interestingly enough, before Star Wars: The Force Awakens began filming there was a rumbling that there was a female character being cast that was a relative of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and this persisted throughout the questioning of Rey’s family origin.
This example simply just points out how indecisive they were about most stuff with the films, which isn’t terribly shocking given that George Lucas did a lot of the same stuff on the original trilogy. However, it would also likely add to the narrative that everyone was scrambling to make a competing version of Episode 9 after Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars: Duel of The Fates after he exited the film.
Where the films are going is a little unclear despite multiple teases from Kathleen Kennedy that the exploration of Star Wars’ past ala The Old Republic is an option they’ve considered.
SOURCE: JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE