Daisy Ridley has spoken about how Rey’s parentage changed multiple times during the course of the creation of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, and at one point there was even a link to the Kenobi family.
Spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker follow.
The reveals came while Ridley was talking to Josh Gad on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Asked if she knew Rey’s parentage from the beginning of Episode 7, Ridley was blunt: “No. At the beginning there was toying with an Obi-Wan connection, and then- there were, like, different versions. And then it really went to that she was no one.
“And then it came to Episode 9, and J.J. pitched me the film and was like, ‘Oh yeah, Palpatine’s your grandaddy,’ and I was like, ‘Awesome.’ And then two weeks later he was like, ‘Oh, we’re not sure’. So it kept changing, so then filming and I wasn’t sure what the answer was going to be.”
Gad followed up by asking who Rey’s grandmother is, to which Ridley replied: “You tell me, Josh”. Clearly there’s no canon answer to the question that was left on the writer’s room floor, at least to Ridley’s knowledge.
The interview also posed the question of if Ridley would like to reprise to the role of Rey. “I’d say never say never, but to me Rise of Skywalker was tied up with a bow,” she said.
Ridley isn’t the only Star Wars cast member looking back at the series. John Boyega recently discussed the sequels in a much more negative light, criticising the way the films sidelined Finn. If the future of Star Wars is more your speed, then take a look at what’s in store for The Mandalorian Season 2.