Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy opens up about rumors that Rey (Daisy Ridley) was meant to be Obi-Wan Kenobi’s descendant and why it didn’t pan out.
Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy addresses rumors that Rey Skywalker was originally supposed to be Obi-Wan Kenobi’s descendant. Star Wars is expanding its small screen footprint with its next Disney+ series which will feature Ewan McGregor’s return as Obi-Wan Kenobi. But, this has also reignited conversations about rumors of the legendary Jedi Master’s supposed ties to the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
Not long after Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the House of Mouse kickstarted a new Star Wars trilogy that introduced a string of fresh protagonists and antagonists. It was clear, however, that the sequel’s primary lead was Daisy Ridley’s Rey — a Force-sensitive scavenger living alone on Jakku before she was roped into the battle between the Resistance and First Order. Rey’s identity was one of the major mysteries of the sequels. Eventually, she was revealed to be Emperor Palpatine’s granddaughter, but one of the most popular theories regarding her lineage, in the beginning, claimed that she was a Kenobi.
Almost three years after the Skywalker Saga wrapped up with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Kennedy finally addresses the matter in a new interview with Vanity Fair. The Lucasfilm President was asked about whether or not Rey Kenobi was ever considered. In her response, she points out the ramifications of what that could mean for Obi-Wan’s legacy as a Jedi. Read Kennedy’s full answer below:
The bigger issue is talking about Obi-Wan as a Master Jedi, and the issue of attachment and selflessness. In order for Obi-Wan to have a child, you are really, really impacting the rules around the Jedi. What does that mean? If that were explored—and certainly there were a lot of ideas being thrown around—but anything to do with Obi-Wan in that regard was pretty much off the table because it flies in the face of everything George created in the mythology. We’re not rigid about it. It’s certainly open for discussion all the time. But that’s a pretty significant tenet in the mythology of the Jedi that we’d be reluctant to mess with.
As exciting as it is to think of the possibility that Rey and Obi-Wan are related, Kennedy actually makes a great point here. Throughout his appearances in Star Wars, Obi-Wan has always proven that he is a stickler for the rules. In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, he was hopelessly in love with Duchess Satine Kryze, but never really made any move to act on it because of his sworn Jedi code. It’s difficult to imagine that he would ultimately turn his back and father a child with someone else. The upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series will test his faith as he goes through the darkest point of his life. The original Star Wars film has already revealed, however, that in the end, he will survive it and continue his mission to keep an eye on young Luke Skywalker. This emphasizes just how committed he is to the Jedi’s cause.
Would it have been better if Rey ended up being a Kenobi? It’s difficult to tell, but considering how badly received the revelation of her Palpatine connection was, not to mention Rey becoming a Skywalker in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the public may be more accepting of her proposed Obi-Wan Kenobi ties. That being said, if Disney and Lucasfilm had gone this route, McGregor likely would have appeared in the Skywalker Saga-capper to fully establish Rey’s parentage, which would take some of the excitement away from his upcoming Disney+ series.