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The Star Wars franchise as we know it will soon come to an end, with less than a month before the arrival of The Rise of Skywalker. J.J. Abrams is tasked with wrapping up the current trilogy, as well as the nine-film Skywalker Saga that began with A New Hope. The pressure is on, especially considering how rabid and protective the fan base can be. All of our questions will be answered, especially related to Daisy Ridley's Rey. For instance, there was a reason why she's taken to The Force quicker than Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy.
Luke's path to becoming a Jedi Master was a slow and steady one, barely picking up a lightsaber during the course of A New Hope. He needed to be trained by Yoda on Dagobah, while Rey was able to best Kylo Ren in her very first lightsaber duel. Director J.J. Abrams was recently asked about Rey's aptitude with The Force when compared to Luke, saying:
How delightfully cryptic. It looks like J.J. Abrams is aware of the comparisons, and that he's got a grand plan in place when it comes to Rey and her abilities. Luckily, we don't have to wait much longer for answers.
J.J. Abrams' comments to Rolling Stone are sure to inspire countless new fan theories. Rey has been a mysterious presence in the Star Wars franchise since she debuted in The Force Awakens, and there are still a ton of questions surrounding the young Jedi. Daisy Ridley's character took to The Force like a fish to water, especially in her first appearance. In addition to her skill with a lightsaber, she was also able to master more difficult skills like Jedi mind tricks.
Some fans originally took Rey's Force aptitude as a plot hole, considering how long it took Luke to become proficient in the ways of the Jedi. But it turns out that J.J. Abrams might have a few tricks up his sleeve, and he knows exactly what he's doing when it comes to Rey's powers. Just what those plans are remains a mystery, at least until The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters. In the meantime, you can catch up on the Skywalker Saga on Disney+. You can use this link for a free 7-day trial.
It should be interesting to see exactly what happens to Rey during the course of Episode IX. She's the hero of the current sequel, so the movie should have a fair amount of focus on her character. Rey is likely the key to Kylo Ren's redemption. But the trailers for The Rise of Skywalker revealed a glimpse at dark Rey, wielding a double sided red lightsaber. So perhaps she'll be tempted by the Dark Side in J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated blockbuster.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.
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