Rey Actress Daisy Ridley Says STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI's "No-One" Twist Was J.J. Abrams' Idea

Rey Actress Daisy Ridley Says STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI's "No-One" Twist Was J.J. Abrams' Idea

Rian Johnson gets a lot of flak for Star Wars: The Last Jedi's reveal that Rey was a force-sensitive "no-one," but Daisy Ridley has now claimed that the twist was actually J.J. Abrams' idea...

By MarkCassidy - Jan 25, 2023 08:01 AM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars

The Star Wars sequel trilogy was a huge success from a financial standpoint, and while the first two movies also fared very well with critics, The Rise of Skywalker is widely regarded as a bit of a dud.

One of the main elements that came in for a lot of backlash from the always vocal fanbase was a lack of connectivity between the events of The Last Jedi (which proved divisive in its own right) and the concluding film, with Rey going from a force-sensitive nobody whose parents sold her off on Jakku to Emperor Palpatine's granddaughter.

The retcon really didn't make much sense given what we'd seen play out in the previous films, and was generally attributed to director J.J. Abrams attempting to bring The Rise of Skywalker more in line with The Force Awakens.

However, Rey actress Daisy Ridley has now revealed that the "no one" idea came from Abrams in the first place, and wasn't something The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson implemented when he stepped in to helm the second chapter.

“Well, J.J. [Abrams] was the one who was like, she is of no one, so it wasn’t just The Last Jedi where that was the message,” Ridley tells Rolling Stone (via

So, if Abrams was always going with the "no-one" origin, who came up with/insisted on the Palpatine thing?

As for how the actress feels about the change, she takes a more neutral stance than some of her co-stars.

“What was interesting about the last one, for me, was that you can be a hero and not come from anywhere or you can be a hero and come from literally the worst person in the universe. You’re not your parents, you’re not your grandparents, you’re not your bloodline and you’re not the generations before you. So, I was always like, sure.”

“But it’s beyond my pay grade,” she added. “I say the words, do the thing. I do love the version of, you can be anyone you want to be, but I also love the version where you can rectify wrongs and can’t help what you’re born into.”

Rey being Palpatine's potential heir of evil is certainly an interesting idea, but the way it was handled in The Rise of Skywalker felt more like a misguided attempt to placate the fans than a natural progression of the story.

Ridley has already admitted that she'd be more than willing to reprise the role, so perhaps we'll get to witness the further adventures of "Rey Skywalker" down the line.

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CookieHound - 1/25/2023, 8:28 AM
Rey’s story is really both. Her parents were nobody’s but her grandfather was the worst person in the galaxy.
mastakilla39 - 1/25/2023, 6:14 PM
@CookieHound - Not really a nobody if your lineage stems from space hitler, even if your just a grandchild. Its the whole nepo-baby discussion all over the end of the day a Palpatine is still more than a nobody.
mountainman - 1/25/2023, 8:32 AM
The no one twist was better than the Palpatine Twist. Force Users don’t have to be descendants of other force users from the movies.

Of the unexpected twists of episode 8, Rey’s nobody parentage was the best one.
thewanderer - 1/25/2023, 10:12 AM
@mountainman - but it was also fan's complaining about the "no one twist" that caused the Palpatine twist.
dagenspear - 1/25/2023, 10:27 AM
@mountainman - The no one wasn't a twist. It was just a shrug. That's the issue. Reveal this in the first act of TLJ and spend the rest of the movie dealing with that and Rey's anger and resentment at her feelings of abandonment. Don't waste time doing nothing but waiting to get to what could work, if you cared to develop it.
abd00bie - 1/25/2023, 2:05 PM
@mountainman - The snip snapping of the sequel trilogy twists gives Michael Scott's vasectomy a run for his money 🤣
mountainman - 1/25/2023, 3:10 PM
@thewanderer - I get that. episode 8 tried to circumvent expectations too much then episode 9 tried to double down on fan expectations and member berries.

It was such a mess of a trilogy overall. They could have prevented the issues by at least going into it with a plan.
McMurdo - 1/25/2023, 3:58 PM
@dagenspear - "a shrug" lmfao.

Damn. That's too funny. And so on point.

dagenspear - 1/25/2023, 10:21 PM
@McMurdo - lol.
FireandBlood - 1/25/2023, 8:32 AM
But- but rUiN jOhNsOn? It was all his fault?

dagenspear - 1/25/2023, 10:25 AM
@PlusUltra - They can all be responsible.
McMurdo - 1/25/2023, 3:56 PM
@PlusUltra - cuz he didnt butcher one of if not thee most beloved character in all of film fiction.
DudeGuy - 1/25/2023, 8:40 AM
[frick] it
Blergh - 1/25/2023, 8:42 AM
Had Rian Johnson only stuck to ALL of JJ's guidelines the sequel trilogy wouldn't have nearly as f*****d as it eventually was.
Killing off Snoke without information on his identity, doing a hard plot pivot and forcing in new characters and arcs that Johnson liked better killed any connective tissue between the sequels.
Benjamitesandwich - 1/25/2023, 9:00 AM
@Blergh - Disagree. The Last Jedi is the best of the trilogy in retrospect. That’s not saying much, but JJ Abrams has proven multiple times that he doesn’t plan anything in advance. He only knows how to craft a beginning.
Doomsday8888 - 1/25/2023, 8:46 AM
Bet you could find quotes from Ruin Johnson that paint another picture but heh, who gives a shit anymore about this gutter trash sequel trilogy, amirite!?!?!
bobevanz - 1/25/2023, 8:49 AM
That was only one of the MANY issues with TLJ, Rian Johnson is overrated as [frick]. Looper was decent, Knives Out is decent, Glass Onion sucked. His trilogy will never happen with Disney, all the homies hate the sequel trilogy so much that the toxicity will equate to a mega bomb
LilJimmy - 1/25/2023, 9:13 AM
The prequels told us how Palpatine became the Emperor, how Anakin became Darth Vader, how the Empire was created, how the Jedi Order ended, etc.

I am still trying to figure out the story that the sequel trilogy was trying to tell.....
bkmeijer1 - 1/25/2023, 9:57 AM
@LilJimmy - this trilogy explains how a small band of insurgents fights and wins with the help of the last Jedi from the fascist power.

Wait a second...
hsanjose - 1/25/2023, 9:18 AM
There are no excuses. Disney, Catherine Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson destroyed one of most successful franchises in cinema history. They passed from earn 2 billions with Episode VII (4th position in top lifetime grosses) to 1 billions with Episode IX (35th position)...
MarkCassidy - 1/25/2023, 9:19 AM
I... didn't hate The Rise of Skywalker, while fully acknowledging what a mess it made of the story that was set up in the other films. The Last Jedi was the best of the three, imo.
dagenspear - 1/25/2023, 10:22 AM
@RorMachine - Debateable.
BlackStar25 - 1/25/2023, 9:20 AM
Sequel was doomed the moment they didnt map out the whole trilogy before starting....
bkmeijer1 - 1/25/2023, 9:55 AM
@BlackStar25 - I don't think that's the biggest problem.

Big difference would've been if they atleast mapped out the arcs of the major characters though.
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