Legendary film composer John Williams didn’t buy Rey’s parents reveal in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, adding that he believes the truth will be fully unveiled in the currently-untitled Star Wars: Episode IX. Earning more than $1.3 billion at the global box office, the Rian Johnson written and directed sequel was mainly lauded for its navigation and expansion of the lore. However, admittedly, it wasn’t a huge hit for everyone, which is why it’s the most divisive Star Wars film to date.
It’s been a few months since The Last Jedi hit theaters, and while conversations about Star Wars never totally died down, they became less intense. However, since the movie is hitting Digital HD and Blu-Ray in a few weeks, which includes some of the deleted scenes, and its novelization also is rolling out, fans are once again beginning to dissect the controversial film. Then again, although everyone’s entitled to their own opinion of Episode VIII, there are a few people who have a greater insight into the films – and that includes the Williams.
Speaking with KUSC following his Oscar nomination for The Last Jedi, John Williams offered his opinion about the notion that Rey is a commoner, who is in no way associated with the Skywalkers, Solos, or Kenobis. He further speculated that her “parents might be identified to us in the next film.”
“I don’t believe it either. Rey, of course, is played by Daisy Ridley, who I so loved in The Force Awakens. And last year, when [Lucasfilm president] Kathy Kennedy rang me up and said, ‘Would you do the last music for The Last Jedi?’ I said to her, ‘Is Daisy in it?’ and she said yes, so I said yes.”
While Williams has done every character theme, on top of the main score for the main Star Wars saga, the legendary composer has been vocal about his soft spot for Rey. He revealed that the main motivating factor for him to return to compose the music for The Last Jedi was because he couldn’t let anyone else write music for the scavenger-turned-Jedi-padawan. Similar to most of the fans in the community who are invested in Rey’s narrative arc, it’s understandable why The Last Jedi‘s reveal that she’s a nobody doesn’t sit quite well with Williams, as it doesn’t with many fans.
That said, it’s exactly the reaction Johnson had in mind when he decided to go a different route compared to what’s expected regarding Rey’s lineage. Hearing that she has technically no place in what’s supposed to be a Skywalker/Solo-centric narrative is the opposite of what many fans were expecting for The Last Jedi to do. And as he said, her parents being nobody was the most difficult thing Rey could hear, especially after being led to believe that she, too, is special and matters on an innate level in this story. Perhaps, it’s not exactly a bad thing as it allows the franchise to grow out of its bubble and explore other narratives that don’t have a direct connection to the focal family in the space opera.
Fans will just have to wait and see what happens when J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX hits theaters in December 2019, which will be scored by Williams. Unfortunately, Williams also said that he may retire from Star Wars after Episode IX, but that doesn’t means his music will ever be forgotten.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is available on digital March 13 and Blu-ray March 27.