Along with a whole lot of geeking out, the first trailer of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story also launched a new theory about Rey’s parentage. So, what does Daisy Ridley make of the guess?
In a chat with MTV, the actress touched on the new theory that Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso (a key player in Rogue One) is actually Rey’s mother. The only real “evidence” is that they both have brown hair and the ages could match up all right. Ridley also poked holes in the theory, noting that fans could be thinking a bit too hard about this new addition to the Star Wars canon:
“I’m not being funny you guys, but just because she’s white and got brown hair, it doesn’t mean she’s my mom … I think the amazing thing about [Episode VII] is that Finn and Rey don’t come from anywhere, and they find a place. So to me, it’s funny that people think it’s so important, because I don’t really think it is.”
Ridley makes a great point about Rey and Finn’s introduction to the galaxy far, far away. Part of what made them so interesting is that they’re relative nobodies (though they do need to do something to explain Rey’s Force sensitivity eventually) who get pulled into a big adventure. For so long, it seems like everyone has to be related to the Skywalkers (mostly because that’s been the case), but it seems Disney is interested in truly diving deeper into this world — and looking beyond the impact of one family on the fate of the universe.
Of course, having said all that, Rey could still wind up being Luke’s long-lost daughter. So, what do we know? Here’s hoping Episode VIII will provide a few more answers in 2017.