Onstage at Star Wars Celebration today, Daisy Ridley was once again grilled by her Murder on the Orient Express costar and MC of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi panel, Josh Gad, about any details she could give on the future of the story of Star Wars and the secret past of her character, Rey.
Ridley stayed characteristically mum on the subject of Rey’s parentage and whether she might be — as extensively speculated — the descendant of Luke Skywalker or Obi-Wan Kenobi. But she did offer a pretty intriguing tidbit for a hall full of fans hungry for any detail about the new movie.
“We go deeper into Rey’s story [in The Last Jedi],” Ridley said, “and what is very apparent from where we left off in The Force Awakens and begin in The Last Jedi, is that Rey has a certain expectation of Luke. And as a lot of people know, it’s difficult when you meet your heroes because they might not be what you expect.”
In 2015, the riveting final scenes of The Force Awakens gave us our only glimpses of Luke Skywalker, who, the movie had revealed, had disappeared after his attempt to rekindle the Jedi order was violently destroyed by a wayward student. Audiences were left with only the barest hint of how the intervening years might have treated the hero of the first Star Wars trilogy, in his self imposed exile.
Ridley’s description would seem to indicate that the answer may be something nobody expects.
Mark Hamill had his own words to add, later in the panel:
“[The Last Jedi] alludes to things that have happened... It’s not Luke’s story anymore, but I think he’s an important part of the overall arc of the saga, and again there’s a lot of mystery about him even within the film.”
“He is so significantly important to this next film,” president of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy interrupted to insist. “Mr. Modesty!”