With “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” just days away from hitting theaters, many fans believe most of their burning questions about the movie are about to be answered. Unfortunately, one of the film’s principal stars is hinting that the public might have to wait until the following two movies are released before some plot points are fully tied up.
Ever since “Episode VII” of the franchise was announced, the characters Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) have had their last names kept a secret. This has led to a cavalcade of theories about both of their respective origins. Now, speaking to Variety, Boyega let it slip that, even though he’s done filming ‘The Force Awakens,” he’s got no clue as to what his character’s back story really is.
“I didn’t know much going in,” he told the outlet. “I just remember during my time screen-testing, I was like, to Daisy [Ridley], ‘there’s no way that our stories are so simple,’ and we still don’t know! So I’ve still got some conspiracy theories as a fan as to where Finn comes from and I’m still trying to figure that out, but I like that it’s a mystery.”
Despite the “The Force Awakens” being written and done with, his comments indicate the mystery of Finn and Rey’s origins won’t be fully realized upon the upcoming movie’s conclusion. This would come as a shock to many who believed that Rey would be revealed as the estranged daughter of returning original series cast members Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia (Carrie Fisher). The rumor caught steam when Mirror UK reported that, while speaking on a Japanese TV network with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Ridley made a pun about her character’s solitary existence by pronouncing it “solo-tary.” Since then, many have guessed that Rey’s reveal as the daughter of the original trilogy couple will be a vital part of “The Force Awakens’” plot. However, it now appears that may not be the case.
It wouldn’t be altogether surprising if Lucasfilm and Disney were holding onto some mystery about the characters for Episodes 8 and 9. After all, the most dramatic reveal in the franchise to date, Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) being father and son, came in the second film in the franchise, “The Empire Strikes Back.” In addition, there’s already evidence to support the idea that director J.J. Abrams and “Episode 8” director Rian Johnson are planning to hold some key plot points until the next movie. It was previously reported that returning character Luke Skywalker might have a limited role in “The Force Awakens” and be a significantly bigger presence in whatever “Episode 8” has to offer.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" hits theaters Dec. 18.