Daisy Ridley May Have Dropped a Clue on Rey’s Parentage


In an interview in Japan, Daisy Ridley may have (inadvertently?) confirmed the rumored parentage of her The Force Awakens character, Rey.

The quote below, via Making Star Wars, came from an audio clip of the interview which the Star Wars Report Podcast shared in one of their episodes.

"I’m not sure how much I can say. I guess because I’ve said that I’m solitary, and that’s how I begin, that is probably a big clue as to what… (Kathleen Kennedy nervously chuckles) … it is."

Jason Ward of Making Star Wars is speculating that the key word here is “solitary,” a synonym for which is “[S]olo.” Keeping that in mind, from what we already know of Rey (that she is, as far as we know, alone on Jakku, and that she carries a DL-44 blaster pistol similar to Han Solo’s) and from what Ward has heard about scenes from the movie from his sources, it would seem that Daisy is only confirming what many fans have already either deduced or suspected.

Frankly, I’m not surprised. Rey’s coloring and facial features are uncannily similar to those of Padme Amidala and Princess Leia. Not only that, but based on how much information we have on her compared with the other new characters, and also how often she appears in the second The Force Awakens teaser trailer, it looks like she’s going to be the main hero[ine] of the sequel trilogy. If that is indeed the case, it would make sense that she would be a part of the “heroic” family tree of the Skywalkers, who dominated the previous two trilogies.

If she is the child of Han and Leia, though, why is she on Jakku, alone? Does she know anything of her infamous lineage? Maybe she does; maybe she ran away from her parents to escape the heritage of the Force and her grandfather, Anakin Skywalker. Or maybe she was spirited away for safekeeping. She could even have been kidnapped, like Han and Leia’s children were so many times in Star Wars Legends (if you’re interested, you can learn more about the currently non-canon characters of Jaina, Jacen, and Anakin Solo on Wookieepedia).

Even though we have what appears to be as official a confirmation as you can get without it being “official,” I doubt we’ll discover the truth for certain before December 18th.

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