Simon Pegg and the great Rey lineage swindle from Star Wars: The Last Jedi is intriguing!
In some small corner of our galaxy during a podcast chat regarding Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Simon Pegg uttered a seemingly innocent remark. “I know what J.J. kind of intended or at least was being chucked around.” He explained. “I think that’s been undone slightly by the last one. There was some talk of a relevant lineage for her.”
Thanks to our friends at Entertainment Weekly providing the inside scoop on the matter.
Now that he has helped make the internet explode, we can honestly say that Simon Pegg might just be the nerd master we never saw coming. After all, It’s no secret that Simon Pegg has an affinity for the Sci-Fi genre, in general, as he’s become a kind of resident geek staple for action movies and other science fiction adventures. Most recently, you could look to his work as Scotty in the Star Trek series of films and, of course, as Unkar Plutt as proof among other things.
Anyone who is anyone, or anyone who is within the Star Wars community, knows that The Last Jedi has divided fans quicker than Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber slicing through Snoke. Maybe that’s exactly the point the fandom finally fractured.
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Or perhaps, it may have been when Kylo Ren finally reveals who Rey’s parents were or, more appropriately, weren’t. Actually, was it when Leia pulled off her Starlord Mary Poppins? Porgs? Skype Luke Skywalker?
The beginning credits? Alright, there may have been a lot of points where we could see the unbuckling of the fandom, but one would have to believe a let down for the haters out there was, indeed, Rey’s lack of lineage.
After all, a quick YouTube inquiry into the subject would broach an almost unlimited amount of users who had formulated their own assumptions of Rey’s backstory before Rian Johnson yanked it from them, cackling like a school child.
As we finally settle down from The Last Jedi and look towards Solo coming in a little bit over a month, Simon Pegg had dropped this interesting little nugget on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. Also adding:
"“There was some talk about, you know, a kind of relevant lineage for her. But I honestly don’t know, and I don’t know if anybody knows. We shall see.”"
After all the friendly back and forth or viral borderline-abusive arguments, between fans asking if Disney and Kathleen Kennedy had any set plans for this trilogy, we see that they at least had a loose plan. If anything, it’s proof Lucasfilm gave quite a bit of latitude to the writer/directors of their films.
And, before we brush these away as just some off-hand comments, Daisy Ridley had insinuated something interesting herself back in 2016.
During a Time Out London interview when pressed on Rey’s mysterious backstory, she stated:
"“I thought a lot was answered in The Force Awakens’. Then after the screening, I went for a drink with my agent and everyone and I realized that oh, in their minds it’s not answered at all.”"
So now that J.J. Abrams is back in the command chair, does he retcon one of the most controversial moments in the saga? Just somewhere north of six hundred days until we get that answer.