The producer of the Star Wars saga explains why the possibility of making Rey the daughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi was quickly ruled out.
The saga Star wars is on everyone’s lips, as the end ofObi-Wan Kenobi at Disney +. The actors are on a promotional tour, an opportunity for them to confide in one of the most popular sagas in film history. Kathleen Kennedy, producer of the license, returned to the highlights of the final trilogy and in particular the revelation of Rey’s origins.
While fans were hoping to discover a connection to the Skywalker or Kenobi families, the authors ultimately preferred to pick the number of a kinship with Sith Lord Palpatine. A much debated choice, and as it must be admitted, fell a bit like a hair in the soup.
During the development of The Rise of Skywalker, the authors were quite unresolved. According to Daisy Ridley, Obi-Wan Kenobi has long been considered. But JJ Abrams and Chris Terrio, who wrote the script, eventually had to give up the idea. The reason, according to Kathleen Kennedy: it did not fit with the course of the character in the previous films.
“The biggest problem with Obi-Wan is that as a Jedi Master he is very attached to the rules and especially those related to attachment and altruism. By getting him to have a child, you are really affecting this relationship with the Jedi rules. “It was a bit out of place because it contradicts everything George has created in mythology.”
This mythology is sacred to the teams at Lucasfilm, who are afraid to change them over time. Kennedy explains: “We’re not rigid about it. It’s open to discussion. But it’s a pretty big principle in Jedi mythology that we would be hesitant to play with.”
No marriage for Jedi
In the universe Star wars, Jedi must sacrifice any kind of attachment to stay on the easy side of power. Marriage and love are therefore not allowed, no insult to Anakin Skywalker.
It is also his love of Padme that will push him to the dark side of power. Fearing to see her die, he will gradually give in to Palpatine’s sirens, which promise them both eternal life.
For Obi-Wan, this tragedy will have reinforced his idea that a lonely life is the only way to maintain control of the force. It is therefore hard to imagine him questioning his principles and this trauma of generating offspring. A fairly informed decision for Lucasfilm.
The Palpatine line is at the heart of the debates
Audiences and critics have not been kind to the ending of Rey, Finn’s and Poe’s adventures. The Rise of Skywalker is far from having unanimous support, and the return of Palpatine is no doubt there for something.
Unfolded, this script twist undoubtedly spotted the audience experience. It also testifies to a chaotic development behind the scenes, and the absence of a common artistic direction for the entire new trilogy.
Lucasfilm has nevertheless learned from its mistakes, at a time when studios have already begun to draw the outlines of their strategy for the next few years in cinemas and at Disney +.
The next encounter with the very distant galaxy is set for Friday, May 27th. It is on this date that Disney + subscribers will be able to discover the first two episodes of the series Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Seen 10 years later Sithens revenge, she will follow the former Jedi while keeping an eye on the very young Luke Skywalker from a distance. But his peace is threatened as Darth Vader sends his inquisitors across the galaxy to hunt down the last Jedi.
Next to Ewan McGregor, who plays the main character, we find Hayden Christensen. The two actors are reunited almost 17 years after episode III. This is Deborah Chow who worked on the series The Mandalorian who will be along the way.
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