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Informed Speculation: Is Zorri Bliss the Key to Rey’s Backstory in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

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The Spoiler Avengers Assemble!

My buddy at Bespin Bulletin and I have been having conversations about the role of Kerri Russell’s Zorri Bliss in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker I think are worth sharing. Yesterday we talked about the Macguffin from The Rise of Skywalker and today maybe something about Rey’s backstory. For the last year, my sources have said that Zorri is helpful and aids the heroes in escaping the ice planet, now known to be the world of Kijimi. On said world, some hijinks with Threepio’s memory take place and he’s backed up to Artoo’s hard drive for a lack of a better term. I’ve also heard that Zorri helps them escape the planet and it appears she sticks with the heroes or the Resistance to some extent after their meeting on Kijimi.

A Ship, A Cup, A Ship!

When I saw Zorri’s ship last year it did remind me of the ship that drops Rey off on Jakku but the photo was less than ideal and it did resemble the shuttle from Star Wars: The Force Awakens but it was no more the smoking gun than the trailer was because our look at the ship isn’t that great in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Bespin Bulletin has seen the ship flying with the heroes and Zorri is placed with our heroes and never the villains in extraneous materials he’s empirically witnessed. I’ve been told that Rey even comments on the familiarity of the ship itself in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. 

Our TheoRey!

Bespin Bulletin and MakingStarWars have a theory that Zorri might have been working for the bad guys when Rey was seven years old. But when the bad guys, i.e. The First Order or the stooges carrying out Palpatine’s plans like Operation Cinder, wanted to harm an innocent girl, Zorri took her and dropped her off on Jakku so she would be safe. The theory kind of reminds me of how Ventress saved the princess from Boba Fett in The Clone Wars. Or perhaps she knew Rey’s parents?

Either way, we have a ship that appears to be Zorri’s that looks just the ship that dropped Rey off on Jakku in The Force Awakens and now we have a ship that look just like it in The Rise of Skywalker and Rey commenting on how it looks familiar. 

In the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker we see the ship that looks like Zorri’s flying towards Kijimi which we have placed her at in the droid repair center/factory sequence with D-0. So there’s circumstantial evidence that allows for some fairly good conjecture that the ship is Zorri Bliss’s ride. Vanity Fair also confirmed she’s on this world in their photos and text. 

Who else could the ship reasonably belong to in the film? It is a hero’s vehicle and it isn’t Resistance but it is with the good guys and not attacking them. I think there’s a pretty compelling case to be made here for it being Zorri’s ship. 

Sticker book version of the ship looks different than the ship we’re seeing from IX. But also resembles Rey’s junker ship in the cockpit from concept art.

Circumstantial Filming Evidence!

Kerri Russell was also involved in filming in the later part of the summer of 2019. There really wasn’t anything being done on the snow world of Kijimi for the most part. It doesn’t mean she wasn’t doing pick up shots something small but it also is evidence for her having more work than what we saw know of right for the Kijimi sequences.

This is not confirmed yet!

Of course, we are speculating and the speculation is informed and not just a fan theory we pulled from no where. Hopefully we can place this ship to the owner sooner than later. If this is accurate, Zorri is more than a point of contact for stopping The First Order but also has secrets and information about Rey we’ve all been dying to know about the galaxy’s most famous nobody.  Bespin Bulletin and Making Star Wars are on the case! 

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