New behind the scenes images of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker show Daisy Ridley shooting the Rey Skywalker scene from the film's final moments.
Fresh behind the scenes photos of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker show Daisy Ridley shooting the final moments of the film, where Rey takes on the name of Skywalker on Tatooine. In the lead up to The Rise of Skywalker, fans were curious about how Rey's story would end, especially because of all the twists and turns it had taken up to that point. From a lonely scavenger on Jakku to a powerful Jedi, Rey's journey could be considered one of the highlights of Disney's rebooted Star Wars trilogy. It could also be considered one of the most contested parts, as Rey's origins have sparked a great deal of debate among the fanbase.
While Star Wars: The Last Jedi claimed Rey was a "nobody" who came from alcoholic parents, The Rise of Skywalker reversed that and made her the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid). Some praised this reveal, as it finally gave Rey the legendary lineage they were expecting, while others were upset the decision reversed The Last Jedi's claims. In the end though, it didn't seem to matter as much, for Rey opts to take on the Skywalker name in the final moments of the film, in honor of her mentors.
As part of The Rise of Skywalker's home release, a making-of documentary shined a light on all the behind the scenes work that went into the sci-fi epic. One of the moments glimpsed was Ridley filming the Rey Skywalker scene, which also included Rey burying Luke (Mark Hamill) and Leia's (Carrie Fisher) lightsabers and raising one of her own. Check them out down below:
Rey's decision to become Rey Skywalker proved controversial with fans, though the author of The Rise of Skywalker novelization, Rae Carson, spoke out in favor of the moment recently. Carson said she believed it represented the Skywalkers' final victory over Palpatine, since it showed Rey rejecting her evil family and embracing the light. While the moment does seem like a fitting tribute for Luke and Leia, it also feels a lot like fan service, which is one of the complaints that have been aimed at The Rise of Skywalker since its release.
The Rise of Skywalker will likely always remain a controversial film among Star Wars fans, much like the other Disney Star Wars movies. The franchise is currently on hiatus when it comes to movies, though the television side continues to flourish on Disney+ with The Mandalorian, The Clone Wars, and the upcoming Obi-Wan series. On the big screen though, the Skywalker saga is finished, though the name lives on in the Star Wars universe through Rey.
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