As the sun set on Tatooine and Rey buried Luke and Leia’s lightsabers, The Rise of Skywalker ended the Star Wars trilogy with the answers we’d been waiting for… or so we thought.
Scripts go under a whole lot of revisions before films are in the process of shooting. And, apparently, The Rise of Skywalker went through some massive shifts even during the filming of the last Star Wars movie!
During an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, guest host Josh Gad (better known as the voice behind Olaf) was interviewing his friend Daisy Ridley about her work on the Star Wars trilogy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daisy stated that Rey’s story wasn’t really set in stone until the end stretch of filming. And, as a matter of fact, Rey had been designed as a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi before the big reveal of her Palpatine lineage.
She explained to Gad that, “At the beginning, there was toying with an Obi-Wan connection — there were different versions — then it really went to it was no one, and then it came to episode nine and J.J. [Abrams] pitched me the film and was like ‘Oh, yeah, Palpatine is granddaddy.’ Then two weeks later he was like, ‘Oh, we’re not sure.’ So, it kept changing. So, then even as we were filming, I wasn’t sure what the answer was going to be.”
Originally, J.J. Abrams was planning to go one direction with the series when he was directed and co-writing The Force Awakens. However, Rian Johnson changed those plans after he completed The Last Jedi, making Abrams reconsider The Rise of Skywalker‘s finale.
You can watch the full interview with Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad in all its hilarious and spoiler-filled glory below!
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