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Star Wars Potentially Sets Up Rey’s Replacement In New Movie: Is It Too Soon? – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

Star Wars Potentially Sets Up Rey’s Replacement In New Movie: Is It Too Soon?



A recent report claimed to reveal the plot of the upcoming Star Wars movie involving Rey Skywalker, but it seems to have jumped the gun on her replacement. While Lucasfilm has debunked the synopsis, it’s possible that it stems from Damon Lindelof’s script before Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy took over as director. However, it’s still unclear whether Rey will be replaced in the new script, and if that happens, it would be disappointing.

Having completed her Jedi training during the sequel trilogy, Rey is expected to rebuild the Jedi Order in a new era that takes place a few years after The Rise of Skywalker and the defeat of Emperor Palpatine. However, this task is not going to be easy. Unfortunately, the alleged synopsis for the new Star Wars movie mixed up the current movie’s details with Lindelof’s original script.

The sequel trilogy primarily focused on Rey’s journey to become a powerful Jedi and her struggle to inherit the Skywalker legacy. She succeeded in her training with Luke and Leia and eventually defeated Palpatine, who was revealed to be her grandfather. Rey then took the Skywalker name, indicating her decision to continue the legacy.

Now, Rey is a full-fledged Jedi who is looking to restore the Jedi Order. This is a promising premise for a Star Wars movie starring Daisy Ridley’s character. However, the concern is that she won’t be the main focus or protagonist, especially after the new synopsis. Although Lucasfilm has debunked the details, they came from somewhere, most likely Lindelof’s original ideas.

When Lindelof was in charge of the movie, rumors suggested that there would be a significant time jump between The Rise of Skywalker and Rey’s untitled Jedi Order movie. The script was said to have recast Ridley with an older actress like Helen Mirren. This older Rey would be training two Jedi who would be the true stars of the movie.

The more recent synopsis for the Star Wars movie seems to mix Lindelof’s original plan with the new plot. It indicates that the movie takes place 15 years after Rey’s victory over Palpatine and focuses on her attempt to restore the Jedi Order. She mentors two promising young students, a girl and a boy, and trains them to become Jedi. The girl emerges as the future leader.

The concern is that the 15-year time jump means there will be a new generation of heroes, risking taking the spotlight away from Rey. This synopsis is not confirmed, but the information didn’t come from nowhere. While the new jump is not as bad as Lindelof’s plan, it still raises the possibility of moving on from Rey too quickly.

Rey’s character arc is far from perfect, and there were some missteps in the sequel trilogy. However, Daisy Ridley’s Rey is a great character who has the potential for a new Star Wars movie that explores her character in a brand-new era as she struggles to bring back the Jedi Order. This would honor the Skywalker legacy she has chosen to be a part of.

While the upcoming Star Wars movie can give Rey the justice she deserves, the hope is that Lucasfilm won’t move on to new protagonists, as the synopsis suggests. Anything close to that would be very disappointing.

A new report presented an alleged synopsis for Rey Skywalker’s upcoming Star Wars movie, though it teased her replacement far too soon. Although the synopsis has since been debunked by Lucasfilm, it’s likely that this synopsis came from Damon Lindelof’s script prior to the studio’s decision to pivot to director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. That being said, the jury’s still out regarding the possibility of Rey being replaced in the new script that’s being developed (which would be very unfortunate if true).

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Having undergone her Jedi training during the events of the sequel trilogy, it’s been reported that Rey will be working to rebuild the Jedi Order in a new era taking place a few years out from The Rise of Skywalker and the ultimate defeat of Emperor Palpatine. However, that goal will apparently be easier said than done. Nevertheless, the new (debunked) synopsis for the upcoming Star Wars movie seemingly mixed up the known details from the current movie in development with the original script worked on by Damon Lindelof prior to his exit from the project. However, the worst part of Lindelof’s plans for Rey may still be happening.

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The Star Wars Sequel Trilogy Was All About Passing The Torch To Rey

Star Wars Rey plan shows how sequel trilogy went wrong

The majority of the sequel trilogy is centered on Rey and her journey to become something bigger than the simple scavenger she grew up as on the desert planet Jakku. Discovering her Force abilities in The Force Awakens and training with a broken Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker saw Rey completing her training with Leia before ultimately facing the resurrected Palpatine, confirmed to be her biological grandfather in the established Star Wars canon. Regardless, Rey chose the last name Skywalker, symbolizing her decision to inherit the legacy going forward.

Now, Rey has apparently become a full-fledged Jedi in the aftermath of the sequels, looking to succeed where Luke failed by bringing back the Jedi Order. On the surface, this sounds like the perfect premise for a new Star Wars movie starring Daisy Ridley’s character. However, the problem lies with the risk that she won’t actually be the focus or protagonist, especially after this new synopsis. Although it’s largely been debunked by Lucasfilm, the details came from somewhere (most likely from Lindelof’s original ideas for the Star Wars movie).

Damon Lindelof’s Plans Moved On Rey Too Quickly – Will Star Wars Repeat This Mistake?

Damon Lindelof and Star Wars Movie With Daisy Ridley's Rey

Back when Damon Lindelof was still attached to the upcoming Star Wars movie, there were rumors that there would be an extensive time jump between The Rise of Skywalker and Rey’s untitled Jedi Order movie. Essentially, it was rumored that the script would have recast Daisy Ridley with an older actress such as Helen Mirren. This older Rey would then be training two Jedi who would be the true stars of the movie. Based on the more recent plot synopsis for the Star Wars movie, it does seem as though Production Weekly might have mixed the original plan from Lindelof and the new plot in the works:

Set roughly 15 years after Rey’s victory over Palpatine at the end of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The sequel delves into Rey’s courageous endeavor to restore the Jedi Order, where she assumes the role of a mentor to two promising young students – a girl and a boy. As her training progresses, it becomes evident that the girl possesses extraordinary abilities, destined to emerge as the future leader.

What’s concerning is that there’s still a 15-year time jump for Rey’s New Jedi Order movie. This means that there will likely be a new generation of heroes. While that’s not a bad thing, it does risk taking the spotlight and protagonist role away from Rey Skywalker herself. This synopsis is far from confirmed, but the information didn’t just come from nowhere. The new jump isn’t as bad as Lindelof’s which would have necessitated a new actress beyond Ridley, but it still creates the temptation for Lucasfilm to move on from Rey far too quickly than she deserves (especially after the missteps made with the sequel trilogy).

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Rey’s New Jedi Order Movie Needs To Do Justice To Rey

Rey with her blue lightsaber, with the boottom left corner shaded in red while the right side of the image has a grey Jedi Order logo.

Ultimately, Rey’s character arc becoming a Jedi and hero of the galaxy is far from perfect. There are a series of problems with the overall execution of her journey that naturally played their part in making the sequel trilogy the most controversial of the Skywalker saga. That being said, there’s so much to appreciate about Daisy Ridley’s Rey and where she ended up by the end of The Rise of Skywalker.

Rey truly does have a perfect jumping-off point for a new Star Wars movie that can dive into the dimensions of her character in a brand-new era as she struggles to bring back what Luke couldn’t and what Anakin originally destroyed, a means of truly honoring the Skywalker legacy she’s chosen to become an active part of. While the upcoming Star Wars movie can give Rey some dynamic and deserved justice, the hope would be that Lucasfilm won’t move on with new protagonists as this synopsis potentially suggests. Anything even close to that would be quite disappointing.

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