Well, we still don't have a trailer, but some lucky buggers (who just happen to be #Disney shareholders) have caught a glimpse at the first footage from Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, and apparently the sequel really does live up to all of our stratosphere-high expectations.
As with any tiny tidbit of info about #StarWars8, these snippets of footage may well contain plot-important details, and Luke Skywalker's first words in particular have the potential to debunk a popular fan theory.
When #TheForceAwakens was released, many people picked up on the parallels between Rey's story and that of Luke Skywalker, assuming this was proof that Rey is is long lost child of the last Jedi himself. Others (myself included) argued that narrative parallels are hardly proof of familial lineage, and that we don't have nearly enough information to know who Rey is, or why she was abandoned on Jakku.
And now, thanks to the new footage from The Last Jedi, we have one more thing to argue over: Luke's first words to Rey imply he doesn't know who she is, or why she's trespassing on his nice quiet retirement island.
Any theory that relies on Luke Skywalker keeping track of Rey all these years, knowing she would eventually find him, is hereby debunked.
However, if you're a diehard Rey Skywalker fan, here are some possible explanations:
- Adult Rey, despite having the same hairstyle as her younger self, does in fact not look like a child any more and therefore could be unrecognizable.
- Luke could have amnesia.
- Luke could be trolling her — he learned from Master "I'm just not gonna tell you your father is Darth Vader" Yoda after all.
"[It's] a perfect chapter in the iconic Skywalker family drama."
Personally, I'm hoping that the "who are you" line does indeed prove that Rey isn't Luke's daughter, as such a revelation would seem predictable at best, and unimaginatively repetitive at worst. And at first glance, Luke not knowing who Rey is does imply she's not his daughter — but of course, there could be some way to explain this. After all, Darth Vader had no clue that Leia was his daughter (or so we hope, seeing as he tortured her).
What Luke's words do imply, however, is that The Last Jedi will primarily be an exploration of who Rey is — where she came from and, more importantly, where she's going. The title of the movie has already stirred up speculation that Rey may choose not to follow in Luke's Jedi footsteps, and become something else instead. Now we just have to wait and see whose theories will win out — though it seems unlikely that Rey's origins will be revealed before #StarWars9.
Do you think Rey is Luke Skywalker's daughter?
[Poll image credit: Lucasfilm]