The last few days have seen an extraordinary succession of revelations about the future of the Star Wars franchise. First, Katheleen Kennedy announced there was a ten-year plan already in place, featuring four of the most beloved characters. Then, Friday, Disney boss Bob Iger confirmed the fourth trilogy of movies would be created by Rian Johnson. All this new information also seems to cast a very clear light on whether or not Rey is a Skywalker. Iger’s comments prompted official statements from Kennedy and Johnson.
The Lucasfilm statement from Kennedy said: “In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.
“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi. He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”
Not only was there noticeable stress on how this would be covering new ground, the statement clarified that the new films would not follow the further exploits of the Skywalkers. However, in her previous comments last week Kennedy stressed the involvement of someone who many have long been convinced is about to be revealed as a Skywalker. What is the Force going on? She said: “We’re sitting down now and we’re talking about the next ten years of Star Wars and we’re looking at narratively where that might go.
“Future stories beyond Episode 9 with these new characters, Rey, Poe, Finn, BB8… The possibilities are endless.”
Yes, she said Rey.
It doesn’t take Jedi mind powers to combine the two statements. If the next three films are not about the Skywalkers but they do feature Rey, this must surely mean that she is not a Skywalker?