Daisy Ridley Thinks Your Fan Theories Are Dumb

Daisy Ridley Rey's Parents

From a certain point of view, the worst thing to ever happen to Star Wars was its sequels. Not that they’re bad movies (well, three of them are), but with every successive movie in the series, the wide-open universe of infinite possibilities kept shrinking. Darth Vader became Luke’s father, Leia became his sister, Anakin built Threepio, Yoda and Chewie were just hanging out, shooting the breeze on Kashyyyk. Is it any wonder, then, that we’ve all become obsessed with the question of Rey’s parentage? After all, the Star Wars series has trained us that she must be related to someone else significant in the universe.

Well Daisy Ridley, Rey herself, thinks that’s a bunch of baloney. In an interview with MTV she says:

I think the amazing thing about [Episode VII] is that Finn and Rey don’t come from anywhere, and they find a place. So to me, it’s funny that people think it’s so important, because I don’t really think it is.

She also addresses the more recent fan theory that Jyn Erso, Felicity Jones’ star of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is Rey’s mother.

I’m not being funny you guys, but just because she’s white and got brown hair… it doesn’t mean she’s my mom.

Hot damn!

Look, I think fan theories are generally moronic. They’re born out of the obsessive nature of fandom to try to draw direct links between every conceivable point in a story, but they lack a broader understanding of how good storytelling works. I’ve written about this in the past, but from my perspective, having Rey be the relative of someone we already know diminishes the importance of her role in the universe and contributes to the small-universe syndrome Star Wars has been suffocating under for 40 years. If she’s a Skywalker than she’s just another in a long line of Skywalkers who have affected the galaxy, but if she’s just an orphan, just someone who was called to a greater destiny that has nothing to do with her heritage, then she becomes something special. Then the capacity to be a hero and change the fate of the galaxy can belong to anyone, not just the family with the best midi-chlorians. The same goes for the idea that Rey is related to Jyn Erso. Rey doesn’t need important parents to be important. She can do that all by herself, thank you very much.

As for the fact that Daisy Ridley and Felicity Jones look somewhat similar, let’s check in with Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm Story Group.

So, no, Daisy Ridley and Felicity Jones are not related, and neither are Rey and Jyn Erso… probably.

Source: MTV (via ComingSoon.net)

David Daut

David Daut

Though his taste has been described as ‘broken’, David maintains that the Fast & Furious series is the greatest cultural achievement of the modern era.

  • Chris W

    Why put words in her mouth? Bad writing.

    • SAMURAI36

      Yeah, these guys are the worst around here.

  • gretayesinia

    Yes, 3 of the sequels are bad films…I, II and VI (with it’s dancing, fighting teddy bears).

    The problem is that if Rey’s not related to the Skywalkers or some other Star Wars family…if she really is just an orphan who just happens to be all around amazing….then she’s even more of a Mary Sue than we thought.

    • xxjinzaxx

      What is wrong with a Mary Sue? Aren’t most protagonists perfect and always win in the end?

      • gretayesinia

        Because character development is what keeps things interesting and provides the ultimate payoff. If your character is already perfect (unless they plan on making her the villain by having her fall and fall big) there is no where for them to go. Their presence in the plot comes off as bad fan fiction and it’s why most Mary Sues/Gary Stus are reviled. Or compare the other Star Wars leads, many of which exhibit Mary Sue/Gary Stu qualities:

        -Luke is interesting because he exhibits teen angst and even though he does amazing things is generally a screw up that eventually rises to fight the emperor himself.
        -Leia is cold, aloof (a princess), and inflexible and eventually falls in love and becomes a fierce warrior and general.
        -Han is selfish and shoots first and eventually falls in love and becomes a dedicated freedom fighter.
        -Anakin is this perfect creation of the force but flawed in the most important way for a Jedi…fear, anger, and hate.
        -Padme comes the second closest to being a Mary Sue, but in Portman’s hands, there’s an unsureness that grows into confidence, and is exploited by Palpatine.
        -The closest thing to a Gary Stu is Chewbacca, who’s a Wookie. He’s a flat stock character whose presence serves only as a foil to Han Solo. Having your lead character in the Chewbacca role is not a good place to be (yes, I just used the Chewbacca defense…if Chewbacca is a wookie you must acquit).

        • gretayesinia

          p.s. Dave…not a guy. Doc says hi.

          • xxjinzaxx

            I can totally see that about Cpt. Kirk. He’s already fantastic as a little kid, instead of growing to become fantastic. I kind of see the same with Rey, only because we don’t have her backstory. Same with Finn, I guess. Fascinating topic. I’ve never thought about this as a film concern so much until recently. Is it because of the advent of young female heroines? I know, Rogue (X-Men) never fit this mold because she was portrayed as troubled, or cursed in the films, yet she is the most powerful of them all canon-wise.

          • gretayesinia

            I agree about Rey, which is why it’s hard to conclusively say she’s a Mary Sue right now…it depends on the reason why she’s so awesome (which may or may not be believable)….but if she really is just some random orphan then yes, she would be a Mary Sue. Finn is not a Gary Stu…he gets a lot of tension that should have been Rey’s actually…where Finn fails as a character is we get no reason for why he’s conflicted about his stormtrooper training and that conflict gets resolved in the first minutes of the film. Poe would be a Gary Stu if he was a lead character, but he’s not…he’s in a Chewbacca supporting role…which means it’s excusable.

            I think it’s more of a question that there’s just really bad writing in Hollywood out there right now, and everyone is wedded to this formula for big-budget tentpoles. Add to that a reverse prejudice….male writers have always been reluctant to portray women with flaws, particularly now days in our PC culture, and you have a formula for stock female characters lacking any sort of depth. But Mary Sues/Gary Stus are nothing new…Captain Kirk, the Fonz, post-Connery/Lazenby Bond, Wesley Crusher, and Ethan Hunt….bad writing has been around forever, it’s just now the girls have moved from being damnsels in distress to lead roles.

        • xxjinzaxx

          Do Rey and the new rogue one gal fit the term?

          • gretayesinia

            1) depends on how you define it, 2) we haven’t seen the rogue movie so set that aside and 3) we haven’t seen the entire arc of Rey so it’s hard to say (if she becomes as evil as Palpatine, for example, she wouldn’t have been a Mary Sue), but taking the Wikipedia definition a Mary Sue is an idealized and seemingly perfect fictional character, a young or low-rank person person who saves the day through unrealistic ability. Barring a change in the storyline, future dictionaries will have Rey’s picture next to the definition.

        • Redbird~

          You didn’t watch A New Hope right?
          Luke ended just like Rey did in this movie… minus the extra Jedi who trains her, and minus the fight that she and Kylo have, a fight that Luke didn’t have until the second movie.
          Exactly the same.
          So if to you Rey is a Mary Sue because of one movie, you should go back and JUST watch Luke’s journey in Star Wars. Just episode 4. Judging by that, it’s pretty much a Gary Stu aswell…

          • gretayesinia

            Luke comes very close to being a Gary Stu (much like Abrams’ Kirk) BUT he is saved from that definition (and not saved by much) by two things: 1) his story is one of growing up…he starts the tale as a bratty, whiny little teen that has to be looked over by Ben and Han but eventually over the course of 3 films comes into his own and 2) he’s a screwup…he abandons his aunt/uncle who get killed, he leads a rescue mission that Leia has rescue him from (and ends in a trash compactor where he is rescued by 3P0), he goes in hot and almost gets himself and his squadron killed, he gets caught by a Wampa and almost kills himself and Han, he misjudges who Yoda is and repeatedly fails in his training, and he tries but fails to rescue his friends betraying his teacher in the process and losing his hand. It’s called character development. Rey (like Kirk before her) could easily have been saved from being a Mary Sue by a little character development. It doesn’t mean she couldn’t have been strong, feminine and independent. It does mean she, like Luke, needs conflict which she has to overcome. The most obvious thing they could have done was the conflict of abandonment and not wanting to leave Jakku…they could have made more of her being a loner…maybe she was reluctant to help BB8…maybe she didn’t want to be friends with Finn…maybe she wants to steal the Falcon and take it home, but we get none of this. A

    • Maximillian Pegasus

      She’s definitely Obi-Wan’s granddaughter.

      • Joseph

        Impossible. 110% impossible.

  • fishnets

    David, Pablo flat out said that they were not related here:


    He said that right after the tweet that you posted.

  • sintheticreality2

    So you’re saying there’s a chance…

  • Joseph

    Hey David Daut. Can you link me to the source that shows Daisy Ridley saying all the “fan theories are dumb”? Or are you just putting words in her mouth and using your own personal opinion as the title of this article? Nothing in her statement indicates she thinks the fan theories are dumb. She’s just saying that she feels the parentage issue is not as important as people think. She also used the word “FUNNY” twice, but not once did she use the word “dumb”. You really should take a class on Journalism 101 where you can learn how to correctly title an article. Here are a few examples from a pro:
    “Daisy Ridley Comments on Fan Theories”

    “Daisy Ridley Thinks Rey’s Parentage is Not as Important as You Think”

    “Is Rey Really A Skywalker? Why Daisy Ridley Thinks you Might be Wrong”

  • Angelic Noble

    You should understand what makes Star Wars Star Wars, because in order to understand why Rey is one of the worst Star War characters read Joseph Campbell, the hero with a thousand faces. Once, you read and understand that it is the cornerstone behind Star Wars you will see Rey as a Mary Sue character and doesn’t fit into the universe. Rey doesn’t work in the Star Wars universe, but no, she doesn’t have to be a Skywalker, a Kanobi or even related to the deceased Emperor. Anakin was a child of the force, created by the force and was only mentioned in one movie, but he was the child of someone. Moana is a far better character than Rey is, they don’t focus on who her parents are, but they don’t make it a mystery to be solve in the next movie. She has NO motive of fighting, no internal struggle and is absolutely perfect in every way. They chose the wrong director, both J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson was wrong for those positions.
    As for the midi chlorians were completely removed from the films as it never even fit in Star Wars to begin with. That horrible piece of crap was added in the prequel movies.