At times it can appear as though the Star Wars universe, at least as it stands currently, is unfolding into something random and quite frankly a little bit odd. Especially when it comes some ambiguous details.
Fans are pondering those details and trying to make sense of uncertain situations, for example Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) parentage – posed as a mystery in The Force Awakens, then explained away as “nobodies” in The Last Jedi. What has the potential to help fans make more sense of things, is that returning director JJ Abrams has explained there is more to the story in The Rise of Skywalker. Which should, all being well, help fans tie the misunderstood pieces together.
Abrams is not dismissing what Rian Johnson has done before with his film but has instead indicated that an added layer to Rey is to be unleashed.
He expressed during a video interview with ABC: “I will say that we knew going into this that this movie had to be a satisfying conclusion, and we’re well aware that Rey’s percentage is one of the things that’s sort of been out there.
“I don’t want to say that what happens in Episode VIII – you know, we’ve honoured that. But I will say there’s more to the story than you’ve seen.”
As interesting as it is exciting to fans, there could be further teasing down the line. As later in the interview Abrams discussed his policy of keeping secrets, and how this has already worked to fantastic effect with the reveal of Ian McDiarmid’s presence in The Rise of Skywalker, and the code-name for the new movie (Trixie).
Chosen in fact because it was the ideal sneaky cover, by including the “IX” of episode IX, while simultaneously having nothing to do with Star Wars.
Star Wars Episode XI: The Rise of Skywalker is set to appear in cinemas up and down the country from December 19.