Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Rise of Skywalker producer Michelle Rejwan chatted with io9 about the potential “spoilers” of Dark Rey and the return of Palpatine. With such secrecy surrounding things like Baby Yoda of The Mandalorian, it seems out of character for Lucasfilm to reveal such juicy parts of the upcoming film and ruining the surprise.
Kennedy says their thoughts were with the fans when they decided to confirm Palpatine’s return. “We were like, ‘We need to be somewhat more open than we would normally be because there isn’t something to hide here. There’s actually something to tantalize everybody with. To let speculation be a part of the conversation.’”
And the fans have definitely delivered. There are theories about as to how Palpatine will return, whether he’s been around this whole time, if he created Rey in the first place – I could go on for a while. As for Dark Rey, the popular thought seems to be that she is a Force vision of some kind, maybe a glimpse of a potential future. But hey, nothing is off the table. If Lucasfilm is comfortable letting these secrets come out, what else do they have in store for us?
They also spoke about the role of the Force in the film and moving forward into the future of Star Wars. “Once we move on from Episode IX and start telling new stories, the Force is the foundation of Star Wars,” Kennedy says. “Its mystery and continued discovery are part of what makes it so special,” adds Rejwan.
Another hot topic among Star Wars fans is Hypebeast’s interview with John Boyega, in which he had some less-than-positive things to say about The Last Jedi. Here is the hotly debated section of the interview:
“The Force Awakens I think was the beginning of something quite solid. The Last Jedi, if I’m being honest I’d say that was feeling a bit iffy for me,” Boyega says, “I didn’t necessarily agree with a lot of the choices in that and that’s something I spoke to Mark [Hamill] a lot about and we had conversations about it. And it was hard for all of us, because we were separated.”
This statement has swiftly divided fans, many of them taking to Twitter to express either their grievances or their support. Some argue that Last Jedi provided crucial character development for Finn, by showing him that even those who are neutral towards the galactic war get sucked in, one way or another. The slicer DJ gave him a contrast in character to help him see how his own moral compass aligns. Others think his story was lacking, and that he was relegated to a pointless side story that served no real purpose. But it seems John believes Finn’s development really lies within the context of the main trio.
“I guess the original Star Wars films there was much more of a trio feel where is was essentially about Luke’s journey, but Han and Leia there was a strong dynamic…I don’t know how quickly we’re going to be able to establish that long term dynamic with Nine,” he tells Hypebeast. But he thinks it would be interesting to explore that dynamic in future stories; judging by the amount of fanfiction floating around, I’d say the fans definitely agree.
Boyega’s comments do come at an interesting time – Episode IX is right around the corner, and the Star Wars marketing team is doing everything they can to keep the momentum going leading up the the release later this month. We get teaser and TV spots pretty regularly. At the same time, every actor should have the freedom to express how they feel about their projects – they are human beings, after all. Besides, even if there are parts he didn’t agree with or that didn’t sit well with him, that doesn’t mean Boyega suddenly hates Star Wars. In fact, he is maybe the most enthusiastic cast member when it comes to the franchise as a whole.
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