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Filmmaker Kevin Smith is a massive fan of Star Wars and also has many connections in Hollywood, allowing him to not only theorize about the saga, but also have access to those involved with creating films. Smith recalled how he heard one theory about the identity of Rey’s mom that was so shocking to him that he was compelled to contact Star Wars: Episode IX director JJ Abrams about it.
“We were talking about [Star Wars: The] Clone Wars coming back and I said to him, ‘I got a theory that that’s the way to start introducing Ahsoka slowly into the live-action movies by bringing her back prominently in the cartoon,'” Smith recalled on his Fatman on Batman podcast about discussing the saga with a colleague. “Because now that they don’t have Princess Leia stories to tell, they need another strong female character in the universe and Ahsoka’s been there for years, much beloved, just isn’t in the movies.”