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Daisy Ridley reveals Rey was planned to be a Kenobi in Star Wars sequels

Published: 9/Sep/2020 6:52 Updated: 9/Sep/2020 8:41

by Isaac McIntyre

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Rey was originally going to be the grand-daughter of Star Wars fan favorite Obi-Wan Kenobi in Disney’s sequel trilogy, Daisy Ridley has admitted, more than 10 months after it was revealed her character was a Palpatine in Rise of Skywalker.

One of the biggest narrative questions of Disney’s Star Wars trilogy, first asked in The Force Awakens in 2015, was main character Rey’s mysterious parentage.

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The aspiring Jedi was told she was “no one” by Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi, before The Rise of Skywalker revealed she was actually a descendant of Star Wars big bad Emperor Palpatine.

As it turns out, that shock final-act plot twist ⁠— which went down like a lead balloon in the Star Wars fandom ⁠— wasn’t actually the plan. Instead, Ridley revealed on Jimmy Kimmel, her character was originally meant to be Kenobi’s grand-daughter.

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“At the beginning, they were toying with an Obi-Wan connection,” Ridley said. “There were different versions… at one point she was no one. It kept changing. JJ came to me for [Episode Nine] and said Palpatine’s your grandaddy, then two weeks later he wasn’t sure. Even after filming, I wasn’t sure what it would be.”

In fact, J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio, who took over from director Colin Trevorrow late on in the process, didn’t settle on Rey’s plot-twist Palpatine connection until well into The Rise of Skywalker’s shooting schedule, Ridley revealed.

The hints were certainly there for Rey to be an Obi-Wan Kenobi descendant. When she first found Anakin’s lightsaber, which had been handed down to Luke and then lost at Cloud City, she heard Obi-Wan’s voice speaking to her in a vision.

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“Rey… these are her first steps,” the combined voices of Obi-Wan actors Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness could be heard saying as she battled through a dark vision from the past.

It also would have made sense in a narrative sense. Obi-Wan and Anakin fought for the last time on the shores of Mustafar in 19BBY ⁠— in-universe, of course — and Kenobi ended up besting his former padawan after an epic lightsaber duel.

50 years later Kylo takes up his grandfather’s Darth Vader mantle. Rey opposing him would have completed that ‘circle’ in the nine-episode Star Wars saga.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi was originally planned to be Rey's grandfather, but that idea was scrapped midway through the trilogy.
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Obi-Wan Kenobi was originally planned to be Rey’s grandfather, but that idea was scrapped midway through the trilogy.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. Abrams, who was brought in by Disney to “repair” the franchise after Rian Johnson’s divisive Last Jedi release, instead tied Rey to the saga’s villain Palpatine, and set them against each other in Rise of Skywalker.

There likely won’t be any retcons for the sequel trilogy hero either. Daisy Ridley has been clear she doesn’t expect to return as Rey, stating “10 years is a long time, but to me, Rise of Skywalker has tied Rey up with a bow.”

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Never say never though. Hayden Christensen is tipped to return as Anakin 21 years after his last outing in the Star Wars franchise, and Boba Fett could be back too, 38 years after his supposed death. Maybe Rey could be back in the future too.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.