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JJ Abrams and Colin Trevorrow talk about Rey in Star Wars Episodes VIII, IX and beyond

January 13th, 2016 by Marc Comments


J.J. Abrams has a secret. He knows who Rey’s parents are. The exact identity of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens protagonist has been the centre of much debate – and remains a mystery to most fans. However, Abrams has now revealed he knows the secrets of her past.

However, it doesn’t matter how much you press him, he would never reveal the information out of respect for Episode VIII director Rian JohnsonSlashFilm reports.

“I know quite a bit, but obviously it’s not for me to talk about in this moment because this is Rian [Johnson]’s story to continue now,” he said during a recent TCA panel.

“The last thing I’m going to do is reveal something that he would be upset about. I want to make sure that Rian gets the courtesy he showed me.”

Abrams also spoke about his ‘enormous enthusiasm’ for the upcoming films in the franchise, while also discussing his own relief that he was able to make a personal mark on the new trilogy.

“My enthusiasm for Episode VIII is enormous! I’m very much excited for and very jealous of anyone, especially Rian, who gets to work so closely with this extraordinary cast and crew, truly an amazing group. In that regard for sure, but I’m also relieved to have gotten a chance to do a Star Wars movie.”

Colin Trevorrow, the man responsible for bringing us the trilogy closer for the new Star Wars story, has also been talking about Rey’s parents and much more: “By the time we get to Episode IX, I look at that movie as one movie, as three movies, as six movies, and as nine movies. It’s something that needs to honor a story that has been told over a period of 40 years… Star Wars is a belief system, it’s not just a story and it’s not just a movie, and it’s something I take very seriously.”

With regards to Rey’s family line, he is well aware of all the theories out there and promises that it will be well and truly answered: “We’re going to make sure that that answer is deeply and profoundly satisfying. Rey is a character that is important in this universe, not just in the context of The Force Awakens, but in the entire galaxy. She deserves it. We’ll make sure that that answer is something that feels like it was something that happened a long time ago, far away, and we’re just telling you what happened.” 

Wait, does this mean we’ll see Rey beyond Episode VII, VIII and IX? Could we see her character become part of future Star Wars tales? And what of Luke and Leia?: “[I can’t wait] to find new places that we can take those characters. They are icons, but they’re also people that have suffered tremendous loss and challenge over the course of all these films.”

Interestingly, he also mentioned he is doing “a lot of scribbling and a lot of notes thinking about the story that I want to tell.”

Hmmmmmm… could he be writing the script?

Source: io9

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….