As the duo make their way across the arid desert, they attract the attention of a nightwatcher worm. Unfortunately for them, the giant creature enjoys the taste of droids.
They try to flee, but the worm eventually swallows BB-8 and pulls him under the sand, like an alligator pulls its prey undewater.
Somehow, Rey is able to focus and discern the worm’s movements, eventually freeing her droid companion. She later soothes the beast before it slithers away.
“How did I find you?” Rey ponders. “I’m just lucky I guess.”
Was it her early Force powers awakening?
Jedi have been shown to appeal beasts: Anakin Skywalker subdues and rides a horned reek in the Geonosis arena in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, while Obi Wan Kenobi does the same a giant boga lizard in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
This animated short is the first in the Star Wars: Forces of Destiny series, canon films that, according to Disney, “explore the untold stories that helped shape the destinies of Rey, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Sabine Wren, Padmè Amidala, Ahsoka Tano and others.”
Check out a preview of upcoming Star Wars: Forces of Destiny films to come:
“The choices we make, the actions we take, shape us into forces of destiny,” voices Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o).
In the montage, we see Rey and BB-8 fleeing Tusken raiders, Leia Organa saving an Ewok on Endor, Ahsoka Tano wielding dual lightsabers, and much more.
Of course, the shorts will tide fans over until Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters this December.