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Rian Johnson Talks Rey’s Family, Kylo Ren & More on ‘STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI’

August 12, 2017

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Writer and director Rian Johnson and some of the cast spoke to EW about the highly anticipated STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, and Johnson gave a bit more detail about Re’s family, Kylo Ren’s journey and more.

On Rey’s family:

“To me, it’s important in so far as it’s important to her. And I think it’s important to her in terms of what is her place in all of this? What’s going to define her in this story? She was told in the last movie that the answer’s not in the past; it’s looking forward. But she’s showing up on this island to talk to this hero from the past. She… holds onto the thought that where she comes from will help define where she’s going.”

Daisy Ridley who plays Rey said that where you come from doesn’t determine your path.

“What’s wonderful is it’s not so cut and dry, who’s good and who’s bad and that’s not me saying, ‘Oh, my God, some people are gonna go bad.’ There’s always room for bad people to make good decisions and vice versa. Again, that could be nothing to do with your parents and it could be everything to do with your parents.”

John Boyega also revealed that the audience will learn about Finn’s past too.

“We will learn more about his past and where he came from, and potentially why he made the decision [to escape] that he made. I’m also very curious. The question that needs to be answered is why he decided to leave as a stormtrooper in the first place. We will find out just a little bit more about him.”

Johnson also spoke more into detail about Kylo Ren and how his anger and the events at the end of The Force Awakens and how getting defeated by Rey is going to change him.

“He’s definitely been knocked off base. The defeat that he had at the end of THE FORCE AWAKENS, but even bigger than that, his huge defining act which, spoiler alert, is the murder of his father… that’s the more interesting thing to dive into. How has he dealt with that in his head? Where is he in terms of that act and what does that mean for him?”

What about Han Solo?

“Han, the ghost of– well, not literally… I don’t want to misguide. I have to be very careful with my words here. But a figurative ghost of Han had to be present throughout this entire film.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.

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