According to filmmaker J.J. Abrams, who introduced Rey to the franchise in 2015's The Force Awakens and is poised to continue her story in The Rise of Skywalker, Rey's instant aptitude in wielding the Force is no accident, with the director hinting it may come into play in the upcoming sequel.
"Yeah, spooky, right?"Abrams with a smile in an interview with Rolling Stone when the subject of Rey's Force prowess came up. "It’s a fair point. It’s not an accident."
In The Force Awakens, Rey was able to perform a Jedi mind trick on a hapless Stormtrooper, pilot vessels she had never flown before with natural ease and Force pull a lightsaber to her before defeating Kylo Ren in an epic duel. All this was accomplished before briefly training under Luke in The Last Jedi, with the venerable Jedi Master detecting immense potential in her before she departed to face the First Order. Luke, meanwhile, had trained under two different Jedi Masters for a longer period of time to reach the potential of his future protege.
Directed and co-written 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, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives Dec. 20.