Without Luke Skywalker to help guide Rey, it looks like we’ll see General Leia Organa taking over as her mentor in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.’ This is going to be an interesting plot point to pull off as word is that the footage of Carrie Fisher being used in the film is primarily outtakes and extras which didn’t make their way into ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ It isn’t clear if anything from ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is also being used but it doesn’t feel like there could be enough for the iconic Princess turned General to really take over Luke’s job at being a Jedi Master.
Only time will tell.
The news actually came from the recent press junket for ‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’ and was from some of the promotional material found there. Not mentioned at all in the interviews with director J.J. Abrams or the cast, there are plaques from costumes that characters wear in the movie on display. The one for Leia shares the following:
General Leia Organa continues to lead the heroic Resistance, building back a fighting force after having suffered costly setbacks. Leia is also training Rey in the ways of the Force, for the galaxy still has need of a Jedi.
While it wouldn’t surprise anyone that Leia would want to help guide Rey, it will be curious to see what kind of input she has for the young Force user. We do know that the original plan for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ was to have Leia be revealed as “The Last Jedi” before her tragic death. This might lead to showing Leia did have more mastery of the Force than was realized, but with her scenes coming from cut scenes from 2 films prior, that almost feels like a stretch.
It seems at least part of this plot idea is set to continue on in the film.
How do you think we’ll see General Organa help Rey in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’? Will she exhibit any use over the Force outside of her Mary Poppins moment from ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’? Share your thoughts in the comments below!