Simon Pegg admits JJ Abrams had different plans for Rey's parents

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Simon Pegg said there was "some talk" about Rey's parentage in "Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens".

After two years of fan theories and speculation, Star Wars: The Last Jedi revealed the identity of Rey's parents: they were nobodies.

"Well I know what J.J. kind of intended, or at least what was sort of being chucked around", Pegg said on "Happy Sad Confused" podcast. I think that's kind of been undone slightly by [The Last Jedi].

When you listen to the audio, there's almost a minute of additional conversation between Pegg's quote that Abrams' plans for Rey's parentage had "kind of been undone slightly" by what The Last Jedi revealed and "there was some talk of a relevant lineage for her", most of which consists of Pegg going on a joking riff about Unkar Plutt being Rey's actual father.

There has been much talk about Rey's parentage. Pegg's response wasn't really a critique of writer/director Rian Johnson's choices in the film, but he did note that Johnson's way wasn't always the way.

This may come as a shocker, but Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been a bit polarizing. "[J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio] are doing it". But even when you get to the last part of Horowitz's tweeted quote it's unclear if what Pegg heard was supposed to be the actual plan or if it's just something that was contemplated at one point.




Pegg's claims contradict previous comments from Daisy Ridley, who told Rolling Stone a year ago before the film's release that the answer given in The Last Jedi is "what I was told in the beginning" while making The Force Awakens. But I honestly don't know, and I don't know if anybody knows.

This is according to Simon Pegg, who played Unkar Plutt in The Force Awakens and is, of course, a nerdy authority on Star Wars and beyond. I don't know. I don't know.

Do you think it's more exciting for Rey's parents to be irrelevant in her journey?

Not only has Pegg appeared in both The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but he has a long history of working with Abrams thanks to Star Trek and Mission: Impossible III.

It could easily be waved away as Kylo being a lying little scamp and then, lo and behold, Rey is Luke's daughter.

Granted, there has been chatter of a potential retcon in Episode IX, by which point J.J. Abrams will be ready to bring the curtain down on this current Star Wars trilogy.

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