Rey (Daisy Ridley) took the “Star Wars” universe by storm when the seventh film in the series arrived in theatres in December, last year. Rey was arguably the first proper strong female lead in a “Star Wars” movie, as the original trilogy was centred on Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and the prequel trilogy on his father, Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd/Hayden Christensen). Fans have long been theorising about Rey’s origin. While some say she’s Luke’s daughter, others think she is a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi. When the first trailer for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” arrived last week, fans were quick to suggest that its lead, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), was Rey’s mother. Ridley suggests that is not the case.
“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,” Daisy Ridley told MTV’s Josh Horowitz backstage at the MTV Movie Awards, mentions MTV News and Gamespot. Well, there were those rumours about Luke’s secret lover. For the time being, it seems Jyn Erso isn’t that woman. If this were true, it would mean that the standalone movies had deeper ties to the main trilogy of films than just superficial plot or character connections.
However, Ridley probably knows by now who Rey’s parents are if it is to be revealed in Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII. But, she doesn’t think it is as big a deal as the fans are making it out to be. “I think the amazing thing about [Episode VII] is that Finn and Rey don’t come from anywhere, and they find a place,” Ridley said. “So to me, it’s funny that people think it’s so important because I don’t really think it is,” she added. She is right in her own way to suggest that parentage should not be the ultimate determining factor in a person’s life but Rey is a Force User, and in the Star Wars universe, only a handful of people are.
One may also recall the scene in J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens,” in the basement of Maz Kanata’s (Lupita Nyong’o) castle where Rey has visions from the past. Maz tells her, “That lightsaber was Luke’s and his father’s before him. And now, it calls to you.” Common sense would suggest that Rey is linked by blood to the Skywalkers, perhaps Luke’s long lost/abandoned daughter. She adds that whomever Rey is seeking back in Jakku are not coming back, “but, there’s someone who still could,” which is Luke. Rey was waiting for her parents. So, logically that “someone” is her father.
Daisy Ridley also doesn’t think she’s a Jedi. “I don’t know if I am a Jedi … I don’t think I am.” She added that there was “this debate as to whether Leia is because she uses her Force powers,” she continued. “Just because she’s not like, oh I’m going on an adventure like Luke doesn’t make her any less Forceful.” Well, the fans and the rest of us will have to wait and watch.