So how was Rey able to summon the power of the Force to grab Luke’s lightsaber hilt and prevent it from being snatched by Kyle Ren in The Force Awakens right before their saber duel? Star Wars icon Lawrence Kasdan sheds some light on this question in this article posted on Entertainment Weekly as part of their on-going coverage leading up to December’s release of The Rise of Skywalker.
“Rey is full of The Force — you know that pretty early on,” says Kasdan, who also wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark and co-wrote Star Wars original trilogy entries The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. “We’ve seen other demonstrations that she did earlier in the movie that she has in her. You know she’s not unimportant. The saber flies into her hand because it belongs in her hand. While the secret to Kylo is that he’s massively insecure. He wants to be Darth II, but he isn’t because he’s very conflicted about everything he wants. He wants to be that pure force of evil and power, but he’s not purely any of that. I don’t know what happens in [Rise of Skywalker], but I’m sure that will continue to play out. He says right before, ‘That lightsaber, it belongs to me.’ So when it flies by him into her hand everything he worries about is confirmed.”
Will viewers learn more about Rey’s ability to use the Force during the events played out in Episode IX? We’ll all find out next month.