The Last Jedi Director Considered Revealing Rey Was a Robot

Posted 2018/01/27 0 0

The director has revealed he had some very out-there ideas about Rey’s origins story.


It's hard to imagine the pressure Rian Johnson was under to write the middle chapter in the final trilogy of the Skywalker Saga. As it turns out, coming to the conclusion of who Rey’s parents were in The Last Jedi was a long and complicated one for the filmmaker, and on the /Filmcast Podcast, Johnson said he had a “big ass document” that listed a wide range of ideas. Effectively, “everything” was on the table. He said:

“I honestly listed everything I could think of. Even awful possibilities where I said, ‘This is not what we’re going to do.’ I mean the less silly one was, ‘Is she a clone?’ Anything that’s a theory on Reddit now I guarantee was listed on that document.”

The idea deemed “the silliest” by Johnson, though, seems to be grounded in the climactic third act in The Empire Strikes Back, after Luke lost his right hand in his thrilling lightsaber duel with Darth Vader. Johnson says:

“The silliest one was, ‘Is she a robot?’ Okay, we’ve seen a biomechanical realistic flesh hand on Luke, could the technology have advanced significantly in the 30 years, and then I just started laughing. Look forward to the ‘Rey was almost a robot’ headlines.”

Instead, as we all know, Rey's parents aren't robots or clones or Gandalf or anything. Sure, it's not a super shocking twist, but Johnson had his reasons. As Johnson told in December:

“With Rey, for example, it was all about she was searching for identity; she wanted answers, she wanted a place in this story. The easiest thing she could possibly hear would be you are so-and-sos daughter. And that would be wish fulfillment for her and for the audience. But that would be easy. The hardest thing that both she and the audience can hear is, “No you’re not going to get that. You’re going to have to define yourself in this movie, you’re going to have to stand on your own two feet." And this is the middle chapter it’s where we have to throw the hardest stuff at the protagonist.”