With Star Wars: The Last Jedi hitting cinemas this week, the question that has plagued the nation every since The Force Awakens will finally be answered – who are Rey’s parents?
Fans of the Star Wars movies will remember that at the end of Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) had finally found the legendary Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill).
Despite her exciting discovery, Rey’s family history still remained a mystery, sending fans into a frenzy of conspiracy theories for two whole years.
Some think she’s Luke’s secret daughter, others think she’s a long lost relative of Obi-Wan Kenobi and a few believe she is ‘The One’ responsible for The Force.
Here are the best theories on the origins of Rey:
Earlier this year, YouTube theorist Mike Zeroh mooted the idea that Rey is actually Luke’s female clone.
Ironically, Daisy, 25, even looks a bit like a young Mark Hamill, now 66, did back then.
‘Luke Skywalker will be this father figure in The Last Jedi to Rey,’ Zeroh begins in his latest video.
‘I think that you’re going to see a lot of…father and daughter aspects of these two…but I think that they’re not going to be related,’ he continues.
‘I’ve heard that maybe she is a clone of Luke Skywalker by his severed hand. Emperor Palpatine could have got that hand [and] got the DNA.’
So Rey’s been looking for her (almost) genetic (possibly evil) twin the whole time? Mind. Blown.
In a YouTube video posted by Vincent Vendetta,which nicely recaps the theory, it claims the Sith Lord is connected to Rey via a number of ways: from lunging fighting styles (yep, really) to material taken from the official canon novel of Star Wars: The Force Awakens which hints at Rey’s leanings towards the dark side.
Perhaps the most convincing angle however is the debunking of the idea that Luke is Rey’s father, with Star Wars creative executive Pablo Hidalgo answering a fan’s question following the release of Star Wars: Bloodline – a canon book which reveals Princess Leia had constant contact with Luke Skywalker when starting the Jedi Academy, indicating she would have known if Luke had a daughter and would therefore know the identity of Rey in The Force Awakens.
In response to a question which asks if it’s safe to assume Rey isn’t Luke’s daughter following Bloodline, Pablo wrote: ‘I think once the book is out for everyone to read, more people should weigh in on that idea.’
The theory also proposes the idea that if Rey is Palpatine’s granddaughter, Luke perhaps left Rey abandoned on Jakku after witnessing Ben Solo aka Kylo Ren succumb to the dark side – not wanting to let Rey’s power get in the hands of Emperor Snoke.
If you’re feeling a bit iffy on the idea, he then lays the theoretical smackdown – claiming you can hear Emperor Palpatines voice during Rey’s vision in The Force Awakens, and questioning why Rey is actually on the ‘dark side’ of the official poster for the movie.
Rey is ‘the one’
Star Wars superfan Stormtrooper Larry however posted an alleged leaked script of a scene between Rey and Luke from Ky10Rey – a keen follower of Star Wars Episode 8’s production who has previously posted pictures on-set.
According to the leaked script, Luke basically recounts the secret origins of the Jedi to Rey after taking her on as an apprentice. He explains how it started with two children (boy and a girl) living on what they thought was an uncharted planet with their parents, before the kids start to develop strange powers while standing near a mysterious tree.
The boy then apparently kills the girl and falls to the Dark Side, but she actually survives thanks to the powers of the tree and becomes the founder of the Jedi order.
After explaining how the Force could be used for both good and evil, she departs the order and promises to return in a different form in a later life, whether boy or girl.
Many believed Anakin Skywalker was ‘The One’, but Luke explains how that wasn’t the case – strongly hinting that Rey is in fact the founder of the Jedi order reincarnated.
Luke also shows Rey a vision of her parents – potentially squashing theories which point to Luke Skywalker being Rey’s father.
Ky10Rey’s posted snippet is lent support, however, by pictures which leaked last month of a weird tree seen in the filming of Luke’s Jedi Temple scenes from the forthcoming movie.
So could this be truth? Is Rey ‘The One’?
She’s Related To Obi-Wan Kenobi
Another fan theory is that Rey is a Kenobi after her grandfather, Obi-Wan Kenobi, had a child at some point who went on to have Rey.
If this is true, it would mean that Luke Skywalker is training the granddaughter of his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Rey is a baby of the Force
Another theory that seems to hold weight with Star Wars fans is that she, just like Anakin Skywalker, has no parents.
Said to be the reason for his extreme power, could Rey have been born in the same way?
So – are Rey’s parents being revealed in Star Wars: The Last Jedi?
In fact, when Star Wars writer Colin Trevorrow was asked what the reveal of Rey’s heritage would be like for fans, he responded: ‘Profoundly satisfying.’
However, to what degree fans will feel satisfied is another question altogether.
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In a scene between Rey and Kylo Ren, he reveals that her parents were, in fact, just average Jakku people who traded their daughter in for supplies. So it seems her grit and determination were earned all by herself.
Of course, Kylo Ren being Kylo Ren, he could be pulling the pool over Rey’s eyes and twisting the truth to play with her head.
We live in hope it is the latter – after all, what will we speculate over for the next two years until Episode IX otherwise?
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