The modern Star Wars movies have produced a number of popular “ships” which each have their own devoted supporters online. One that’s really grown in popularity since The Last Jedi though is “Reylo,” with swathes of fans hoping for Daisy Ridley’s Rey and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren to get together in future films.
Even if you don’t subscribe to the idea yourself, you can probably understand why some can see a romantic connection between the pair. As The Last Jedi made clear, the duo have a lot in common and their shared scenes in Episode VIII got very intense. Not least the infamous “Shirtless Kylo” moment. But nothing in the film itself outright stated that Rey and Ren are attracted to each other.
The novelization of The Last Jedi, on the other hand, does, and now, the demand for more intimacy between the two characters in Star Wars: Episode IX has intensified. While attending a recent panel to discuss the VOD and Digital release of his film, director Rian Johnson was asked about the possibility of seeing a full-out sex scene involving Rey and Kylo in the next chapter of the saga. Granted, given the franchise’s PG-13 rating, it wouldn’t be able to show very much anyways, but according to Johnson at least, there’s nothing like that on the cards.
“One of my favorite shots of the movie, is those two fingers touching. That’s the closest thing we’ll get to a sex scene in a Star Wars movie.”
Also in attendance at the panel was Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, who chimed in with his own cheeky comment, saying: “I didn’t even get that.” We’re not too sure what he’s talking about, though, as he actually got more than that back in A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back when he shared a kiss with Carrie Fisher.
But we digress. As for Johnson’s comment, it’s sure to break the hearts of shippers everywhere, as they slump back into the dark corners of the web to find fanfic that will fulfill all their desires. That’s not to say we won’t see any further hints of romance between Kylo Ren and Rey in Star Wars: Episode IX, but if this particular thread is picked up on, it unfortunately won’t lead to a sex scene between the two.
Given that this is Star Wars we’re talking about here, though, did you really expect otherwise?