For all of the things that fans of Star Wars think The Last Jedi got right, and for all that they think it got wrong, one major topic has always been the lineage of Rey’s parents. After The Force Awakens came out, all of the talk was about where she came from. Someone this powerful can’t come from nowhere, she must be related to one of our favorite heroes, right? Not according to Rian Johnson, who directed The Last Jedi.
The way it played out was this. While talking to Kylo Ren, Rey finally admits what she’s always known to be true…
Kylo: “Do you know the truth about your parents? Or have you always known? You’ve just hidden it away. … Say it.”
Rey: “They were nobody.”
Kylo: “They were filthy junk traders. Sold you off for drinking money. They’re dead in a pauper’s grave in the Jakku desert. You come from nothing. You’re nothing…but not to me.”
Simon Pegg, who played Unkar Plutt in The Force Awakens, recently discussed JJ Abram’s original plans for Rey’s parents. The plan may not have been completely conceived or told to Johnson, who said, “[J.J.] might have had thoughts in his head who it was going to be, but he didn’t dictate them to me.”
In a new interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Pegg revealed that Abrams’ initial outline for Rey’s parents was closer to what fans expected.
Simon Pegg confirms what I’ve long heard, JJ had a much different plan for Rey’s parentage. “I know what JJ kind of intended or at least was being chucked around. I think that’s kind of been undone slightly by the last one. There was some talk of a relevant lineage for her.” https://t.co/AksaUK35PQ
— Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz) April 4, 2018
With Abrams taking over for Johnson to direct Episode IX, there’s still an opportunity to implement what he originally planned to do. There’s plenty of ways go about it as well, but he may just stick with Rian Johnson’s direction. Only time will tell.