A new Star Wars rumor suggests Damon Lindelof’s movie would have recast Rey, in favor of a surprising choice. The last few months have seen a flurry of Star Wars announcements, as Lucasfilm finally cemented their plans for the franchise on the big screen. This didn’t just involve new announcements; it also meant acknowledging that certain projects, such as Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron and Kevin Feige’s mysterious movie, had been dropped. Most curious of all is Damon Lindelof’s departure from what is believed to be a movie set after the sequel trilogy. “I was in more than talks to join the Star Wars universe,” Lindelof recently observed, addressing rumors and reports for the first time. “I joined the Star Wars universe and was asked to leave.“
Speaking on The Hot Mic podcast, industry insider Jeff Sneider has directly addressed Lindelof’s script. According to Sneider, Lindelof’s script would have been set 60 years after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It would have featured Rey finally deciding to restart the Jedi Order, training two new Padawans – a man and a woman, with Sneider believing both would have been persons of color. The time jump would have necessitated a recast for Rey, and Lucasfilm reportedly considered an actress like Dame Helen Mirren (who was never approached).
Lucasfilm Made The Right Call Keeping Daisy Ridley As Rey
Lucasfilm dropped Lindelof’s script, and pivoted to a very different approach. At Star Wars Celebration 2023, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed Daisy Ridley would be returning as Rey in a movie set just 15 years after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. This period of the Star Wars timeline has been referred to as “The New Jedi Order,” meaning the canon version of Rey will found the Jedi a lot sooner than Lindelof had planned. In truth, this is probably for the best; the sequel trilogy clearly set up the reformation of the Jedi, and a substantial time jump would have been rather odd.
Ridley is a strong actor, although she was sadly let down by the scripts in the sequel era. She doesn’t deserve to be dumped in this manner. Making matters worse, the 60-year time jump would have also introduced another problem; it would have meant John Boyega’s Finn never had the opportunity to learn to use the Force, damaging his arc. Finn’s potential was wasted by the sequels, and this would be the final insult. Lucasfilm made the right choice, and hopefully Boyega will return alongside Ridley for this upcoming Star Wars movie.