Update: Two hours ago Pablo Hidalgo tweeted a sly remark addressing the painting. See new info below.
This morning, eagle-eyed Redditor “ConOrr” posted an interesting find on the Star Wars Leaks subreddit: “Rey’s Lineage confirmed by credible Lucasfilm artist“.
It turns out there is a Lucasfilm licensed painting of Rey, curiously entitled “Rey Skywalker”:
The painting is the work of Rodel Gonzalez, a Filipino artist licensed by the Lucasfilm group to produce authorized art. His work has been featured in San Diego Comic-Con and other major events.
The painting itself, a 14″ x 11″ canvas entitled “Rey Skywalker” has a list price of USD $2,600. It’s currently on display at the Solaire Resort & Casino in Manila, the Philippines, alongside Gonzalez’s exhibit of other Star Wars and Disney artworks.
Stormtrooper Larry reached out to the artist and received this response:
“It is an original so there is no COA [Cert of Authenticity]. [These] are given to those submitted and catalogued for reproduction as limited editions. This painting is a stand alone original and a study work of the artist. As for the title, it is named Rey and not Rey Skywalker so it’s a small error we’ll correct.“
So that puts an end to the dreams of the Reywalker theory being outed by licensing. Although it should be noted that many Star Wars plot leaks do come from merchandising, just not this time.
The Hawaii-based Gonzalez has been producing licensed interpretative art for Disney since 2008. When Disney acquired Lucasfilm, he was invited to be part of ACME Archives Ltd, the exclusive publishing arm for Star Wars art. He signed aboard in 2015 and has focused on Star Wars since.
According to Pablo Hidalgo, only a few people in the Lucasfilm Story Group are aware of the full story arc. And more interestingly, in a since-deleted Twitter conversation this week, he relayed how the storyline of the new trilogy is planned “years in advance”, unlike the contradictory twists of the old EU. (We wanna find the tweet, but it’s Saturday and the couch is too comfy).
So it’s highly unlikely that LFL licensees would be privy to Rey’s lineage. In an interview last month, not even the Oscar-nominated editor behind The Force Awakens knew who Rey’s parents are.
Update (June 12, 8 pm EST):
Here’s Pablo Hidalgo’s sly Twitter reaction to the whole thing:
As mentioned, the ACME he is referring to is ACME Archives, the exclusive publisher of Star Wars art.
And in case anyone’s interested, Stormtrooper Larry has his own masterpiece:
“Star-crossed Lovers at Sunset”
We accept all major credit cards, sixty portions, or a Hasbro stormtrooper (preferably non-licked).
Shoutout to Reddit user ConOrr as the OP, and Bothan informants WorldDevastator and Dexter Morgan for the tip!
For more Stormtrooper Larry masterpieces, check out our original Rogue One footage before Disney came in and ruined it!