Good news, Star Wars fans: Director J.J. Abrams is just as upset about the lack of Rey toys as fans are.
In recent weeks, Star Wars fans have been vocal about the apparent underrepresentation of Force Awakens lead character Rey (Daisy Ridley), and by extension other female characters, in the film’s tie-in toys and merchandise. Many tweeted complaints featuring the hashtags #WheresRey and #WhereIsRey. In fact, after fan outcry over Rey’s exclusion from the Force Awakens-themed Monopoly, Hasbro announced it would add her to an updated version of the game. (“We love the passion fans have for Rey, and are happy to announce that we will be making a running change to include her in the Monopoly: Star Wars game available later this year,” a Hasbro spokesperson said in a statement to EW.)
While some believed the lack of Rey merchandise was due to Abrams’ known aversion to spoilers — like, say, if a toy depicted Rey holding the famed lightsaber — the prolific director debunked that theory during the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Saturday, where Abrams was promoting his Hulu project, 11.22.63.
“I wish I had more details about merchandising and the schedule,” he said. “I’m learning things as you are. I will say that it seems preposterous and wrong that the main character of the movie is not well represented in what is clearly a huge piece of the Star Wars world in terms of merchandizing. […] I read that she wasn’t in the Monopoly game and was quickly making phone calls about this because if it were true — and it is true, and now Hasbro, of course, has said they’re going to put Rey in — it doesn’t quite make sense why she wouldn’t be there. She’s somewhat important in the story.”
An understatement to say the least. Rey has become a beacon for the largest Star Wars installment, now a role model for the new and old generation of Star Wars fans alike.
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“I think Rey is a great character, and for people to see and perhaps relate to her, and see something in her that they feel and connect with the story – that, I just think, is amazing,” Ridley told EW about her character earlier this year.
Read much more about Rey’s impact here. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out now, and stands as the highest grossing film of all time in North America, with more than $770 million in ticket sales.
Abrams also reveled whether The Force Awakens will have deleted scenes or an extended cut, debuted the first trailer for his time-travel miniseries 11.22.63 and revealed his CBS drama Person of Interest was likely canceled after this season.