‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Stars Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver on Rey and Kylo Ren’s Destiny
Star Wars fans around the world are getting ready for the release of J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX, a.k.a. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, next month. There is a lot to cover in the film, which will wrap up some four decades of storytelling. Ahead of the movie’s release, Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley, who play the two main characters in the movie, Kylo and Rey, opened up about their character’s story, offering fans a look at what’s ahead.
Driver talks about Kylo and Rey’s journey in ‘Star Wars’
Kylo and Rey are destined for at least one lightsaber duel in coming flick as their destinies are still intertwined. For Abrams, he sees the characters as “two sides of the same coin,” and noted that they are always affecting each other, even when they are apart.
Driver, meanwhile, enjoys how Kylo and Rey’s relationship is in a constant state of flux. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Driver explained how Kylo and Rey’s interactions are always changing, which keeps Star Wars fans guessing on where the two are headed.
“I don’t think it’s all one thing,” Driver explained. “Part of the fun of playing it is the boundaries of it keep changing. At times it’s more intimate, sometimes less intimate. Sometimes is codependent. And then it’s obviously, adversarial.”
We do not know what awaits the two characters in the final chapter of their story, but one of their scenes in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be a battle in the remnants of the second Death Star. While Kylo and Rey fight in the wreckage of previous generations, Ridley is looking forward to fans finally discovering the identity of Rey’s parents.
What’s the big secret about Rey’s family?
The identity of Rey’s parents were a big mystery throughout the last two films of the franchise, and we did not get a satisfying answer to the question in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In the film, Kylo tells Rey that her parents were nothing more than “filthy junk traders” who pawned her for money. The revelation was meant to prove that a hero can come from an ordinary family, yet fans were not happy with it.
Earlier in the Star Wars franchise, BB-8 told Rey that the identity of her parents was classified information, which hardly sounds like they were harmless traders. There was also a scene where Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamlin) lightsaber seemingly called for Rey, teasing that her parents were special.
So, will we finally learn the true identity of Rey’s family in The Rise of Skywalker? Or will her family secrets remain hidden in the last chapter of the Star Wars universe?
Ridley dishes on Rey’s parents
Just like Star Wars fans, Ridley was also disappointed by Kylo’s revelation at the end of The Last Jedi. The actress teased that Rey was not satisfied with his simple explanation and will be uncovering more about her parents in the upcoming movie.
“The parents thing is not satisfied — for her and for the audience,” Ridley shared. “That’s something she’s still trying to figure out — where does she come from?”
We do not know if Abrams had a sudden change of heart and will be giving Rey different parents in the final film. Whatever happens, Daisy Ridley believes that Kylo was being sincere in telling her about her parents.
But just because Kylo thinks her mom and dad were useless traders does not mean that the story is over. In fact, Ridley believes Kylo probably did not uncover everything about her parents and that they may have had a hidden past.
Will Kylo and Rey get together in ‘Star Wars Episode IX’?
Another storyline Star Wars fans are rooting for involves Kylo and Rey getting romantic. As Driver explained, the two have had a complicated relationship over the past two films, leading some fans to ship them as a couple.
It is unclear if the sparks will fly in the third Star Wars installment, but Ridley revealed that Abrams is fully aware of the shippers. She also thinks that Abrams has handled their relationship very well so far, especially considering how it borders on the toxic.
The actress, unfortunately, did not say if the characters will get together by the time the franchise ends. Given how they are on opposite sides of the war between good and evil, it is probably a good bet that they both will not have a happy ending.
Fans can watch Driver and Ridley return to the big screens when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20, 2019.