In one of the articles featured in Entertainment Weekly’s “The Last Jedi” issue, we get a little more light shed on what the trailer hinted at, which is an unlikely alliance between Rey and Kylo Ren.
The article contains quotes from Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, and director Rian Johnson on the paths Rey and Kylo are heading down towards in the film, and how those paths can end up bringing them together.
Here is some of what the article had to say about Rey and Kylo Ren in “The Last Jedi:”
The dynamic between them, the dark and the light, pushing and pulling at each other, is the heart of the Dec. 15 film, and although they are on opposite sides, their fates are still interlocked.
Adam Driver on how Kylo Ren feels about Rey, “He has been aware of this ability in himself from such a young age, and I don’t think there’s a lot of people around him who are on the same level. I think that there is something familiar there, as well as something to be feared, or something … that he can’t quite place.”
Driver says Kylo began turning against his mother and father, Leia Organa and Han Solo, because he felt they cared more about the Rebellion and rebuilding after the fall of the Empire than they cared about him. That created a bitterness that ultimately consumed him.
Daisy Ridley on Rey, “The Resistance is really not that much to her. I mean, she’s been left her whole life, and very quickly is eager to sort of help other people, which is wonderful. She wants to be part of something. I mean, everyone wants to be part of something.”
But when Luke Skywalker displays fear toward her, and rejects her rather than embracing her as a student, Rey feels cast out. After all, Luke banished himself rather than help the Resistance, and has now decided that the order he devoted his life to must end. The Last Jedi will find her adrift.
“This is very much about Rey trying to figure out how she fits into all this, much like any of us as we’re growing up, as we’re transitioning from childhood into adulthood,” Johnson says. “You’re going meet people who you think are going help who don’t. And help is also going come from unexpected places.”
That unexpected place is Kylo Ren, and the situation she finds herself in – alone, unappreciated, is similar to where Ben Solo found himself when broke from his Uncle Luke and followed the Knights of Ren down a darker path.
“There’s a big part of the story yet to be written and not by me,” says Johnson, who will hand the trilogy back to The Force Awakens filmmaker J.J. Abrams for 2019’s Episode IX. “But I don’t think it’s very interesting if the whole story is just ‘Will Kylo get his comeuppance?’ He’s a more complicated character than that and I think he deserves a more complicated story than that. I don’t see the point of trying to get behind his mask and learn more about him if all we’re going to learn is ‘Yeah, he’s just an evil bad guy that needs to be killed.’”
Since I saw that last shot of the trailer of Kylo Ren extending his hand, I have been intrigued about the direction the sequel trilogy’s story may take if Rey and Kylo Ren end up joining forces in some way in this film, which it looks like that is where we are heading, and I cant wait to see it all unfold!
You can check out the full article on Rey and Kylo Ren over at Entertainment Weekly.