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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.

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.

“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.

“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.

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.”

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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Kate Mara reveals why she never returned to American Horror Story

Published: 24/Nov/2020 17:18

by Daniel Megarry

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Kate Mara has opened up about the reason she never returned to American Horror Story, and she thinks it has something to do with the character she played.

When the first season of Ryan Murphy’s hit FX series American Horror Story debuted back in 2010, it featured cast members that would go on to become synonymous with the franchise — stars like Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Jessica Lange.

But one big name who never made a comeback was Kate Mara. In the first season, dubbed Murder House by fans, she played Hayden McClaine, the 22-year-old student and mistress of Ben Harmon who ended up meeting a grisly end when she threatened to expose their affair.

Hayden in American Horror Story
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Kate Mara only appeared in one season of American Horror Story

Mara’s had starring roles in Fox thriller 24, Netflix’s House of Cards, and the 2015 Fantastic Four reboot, so her star power certainly isn’t up for debate. Why then, hasn’t she ever returned to American Horror Story?

Kate Mara says fans “hate” her AHS character

Well, in a new interview with Collider, Mara revealed that it’s been radio silence since Murder House; she’s never been asked to come back, and she thinks it has something to do with the poor reputation of Hayden among fans of the show.

“No one invited me, I don’t know, I wasn’t invited back,” she said when asked why she hasn’t revisited the show since the first season.

“I don’t think people loved my character very much on that show, [but] I loved playing her. Who doesn’t want to play a sex-crazed ghost? But most people hate me on that show… which I take as a compliment.”

Kate Mara in American Horror StoryAmerican Horror Story fans were left divided over Kate Mara’s character Hayden

Fans are torn over Mara’s absence from the show, with one tweeting, “Bring her back Ryan [Murphy] I swear to God,” and another confessing, “I feel bad about it, but she played the part so well I can’t even look at her without getting p*ssed off.”

In a show where the villains are often remembered as the most iconic characters, it’s surprising Mara hasn’t been asked back. Hopefully that will happen soon, especially as Mara has popped up on other Ryan Murphy shows including Pose and Nip/Tuck.

Filming is currently underway on the next season of the show, and it’s expected to arrive in 2021. We’ve rounded up everything we know about Season 10 of American Horror Story, including cast members and potential themes.