The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker book reveals that Rey becoming a Skywalker was an idea that was around before The Force Awakens was released.
One of the biggest questions audiences had after seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens was about Rey’s lineage. While it appeared Rey was a nobody in The Last Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker revealed that she was actually a Palpatine, but she later takes the Skywalker name.
The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was recently released and offers a lot of insight into the development process on the final film in the Skywalker saga. Early on in the book, it’s revealed that a Lucasfilm Story Group meeting took place in May 2014 before The Force Awakens was released, where the idea of Rey becoming a Skywalker was brought up by Pablo Hidalgo:
“I like the idea that she’s going to be our Skywalker, but she’s not a Skywalker. Then, for our purposes, ‘the Skywalker’ is really a metaphor. It doesn’t have to be something that’s directly connected to blood.”
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Here is the official synopsis for The Rise of Skywalker:
Lucasfilm and director J. J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.
Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now available on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD.