Empire Magazine: Co-Writer Chris Terrio on Two Key Elements of The Rise of Skywalker

Continuing their exclusive coverage of The Rise of Skywalker, Empire updated their site with an article containing a few brief comments from co-writer Chris Terrio on two of the main elements of the film – who exactly is the character of Rey and how strong is the Force? While Terrio obviously doesn’t divulge much in terms of specifics when it comes to shedding light these two questions, fans should expect to receive answers in due time when TROS lands in theaters December 20.

A preview of Empire’s November 2019 issue (arriving on newsstands tomorrow) can be found here in addition to their earlier exclusive reveals – images of The Knights of Ren and a new shot of Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren.

“One of them is a simple one: ‘Who is Rey?’,” he says. “Which is a question that people not only wonder about quite literally, but wonder about in the spiritual sense. How can Rey become the spiritual heir to the Jedi? We kept coming back to ‘Who is Rey?’, and how can we give the most satisfying answer to that not only factually – because obviously people are interested in whether there’s more to be learned of Rey’s story – but more importantly who is she as a character? How will she find the courage and will and inner strength and power to carry on what she’s inherited?”

He continues: “The second one is, ‘How strong is the Force?’ It sounds a little simple, but actually when you get down to it, that is a sort of Zen Koan that we would really meditate on – not literally in yoga poses or anything, but like we would discuss, ‘What is the Force and how strong is the Force?’ Those two things were really important.”