One of the complaints that some people have about the new “Star Wars” trilogy is that Rey is too powerful off the bat. From being called a Mary Sue to thinking it impossible someone could be so strong in the Force with no training, much as Luke Skywalker had been, it seems that “it’s not an accident,” according to director J.J. Abrams.
When asked about Rey’s power, especially after how she grew up, the director teasing said, “Yeah, spooky, right? [Smiles] It’s a fair point. It’s not an accident.” He wouldn’t go into details, but anyone who saw the original trilogy can see how closely this mirrors Luke Skywalker’s mastery of The Force as well.
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As to why they went this route, Abrams stated:
“The idea was to tell a tale of a young woman who was innately powerful, innately moral, innately good, but also struggling with her place in the world and forced to fend for herself in every way. As exciting as it was to get to play in the Star Wars universe, it was this young woman that I felt oddly compelled to get to know. Even at the very first meeting with [Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy, the idea came up about having a female at the center of it. There was an inherent sense of ‘We’ve seen the story before of the young hero,’ but we’d never seen it through the eyes of a woman like this, and that, to me, was the most exciting thing.”
At this point, in what is now Disney canon, we’ve only seen a handful of female Force users. The main one that stands out was Ahsoka Tano from the animated series ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars.’
Are you glad that J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy decided to give us a powerful young woman as a Jedi in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens’? Do you think that we’ll learn her heritage isn’t quite what Kylo Ren suggested it was? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Rolling Stone