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Caution possible Star Wars 7 spoilers follow!

Of all the new characters that Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens is introducing, the characters of Kylo Ren and Daisy Ridley's Rey have had the most amount of rumor and speculation cast upon them. Are they the son and daughter of Han Solo? Are they the new cinematic universe version of the expanded universe characters of Jacen and Jaina Solo?

Rey Solo or Rey Skywalker?

This connection to the EU Solo characters would seem a possibility from the early rumors that had Ridley's character, who went by the codename Kira for quite a while, being the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia. Up until recently this rumor of her Solo lineage seemed pretty set but new reports from the usual sources like Making Star Wars have made things a little less clear.

ATAT turned salvage station in Star Wars 7.
ATAT turned salvage station in Star Wars 7.

A rumor about our introduction to Rey in Star Wars Episode 7 keeps a lot of details about the early reports intact. She does indeed work at a salvage station, most likely the one we see depicted in the concept art of the repurposed fallen AT-AT body.

Where Does Rey Live?

While there have been many assumptions that this planet is the same one as Luke's hometown - the planet of Tatooine, there have been some rumors that this is could be Pasher, a different, perhaps more technologically advanced desert planet. Interesting thought, but still unlikely.

Rey pays a visit to someone in SW7 concept art.
Rey pays a visit to someone in SW7 concept art.

What continues to more or less remain a part of the agreed upon plot leak scenario is that Rey is keeping company with BB-8 and possibly an older character, most likely the one played by Max von Sydow, that has an affinity for old Jedi and Sith relics - especially a certain lightsaber that comes to his attention through Rey.

Rey Hides From the Inquisitors

There's a definite sense from everything that has leaked regarding Star Wars Episode 7, that the movie would be keeping the Inquisitor storyline that Disney has worked hard to build in the Star Wars Rebels show. This may also be true about some of the rumors that put Max von Sydow as possibly being Kanan, with heavy cybernetic implants obscuring some of his face.

The Inquisitor storyline also plays a factor in why Rey is now tucked away on a planet like Tatooine - located on the outer-rim of the galaxy and a good place to keep a force-sensitive daughter of the current Republic leader, Princess Leia, away from the prying eyes of the Inquisitors.

Concept art for Daisy Ridley's Rey in Star Wars 7.
Concept art for Daisy Ridley's Rey in Star Wars 7.

When Daisy Met Finn

A fairly recent rumors from Making Star Wars attempts to flesh out our introduction to Rey in Star Wars Episode 7 as being busy scavenging the remains of a crashed Star Destroyer and showing off her agility and fearlessness in doing so. True, judging from the concept art that has surfaced, a crashed Star Destroyer does seem to play a role in the movie.

Star Destroyer wreckage in concept art for SW7.
Star Destroyer wreckage in concept art for SW7.

Could this Star Destroyer, or perhaps a crashed TIE Fighter be what unites Rey with our other hero, Finn - who does indeed crash land on this desert home of Rey? I previously speculated that this downed Star Destroyer may have been caused by Finn. Does Rey zoom off on her speeder when she hears of these incidents and play a hand in helping to rescue Finn?

Trading cards made from Star Wars 7 trailer images.
Trading cards made from Star Wars 7 trailer images.

I have a feeling that making Rey a scavenger does indeed play into how Rey and Finn meet after Finn crash lands on the planet in escaping from the Stormtroopers. It makes more sense than Finn accidentally stumbling upon Rey and the whole events of [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158) being predicated upon a coincidence. Or, a bigger coincidence than it already may be.

The picture that is being drawn of Rey is of an independent and daring young woman who may be ready to break free from the salvage business and dive into some adventure. It certainly does sound more than just a little bit like a young Skywalker guy we met many moons ago.

What do you think? Who is Daisy Ridely's Rey? A Solo, a Skywalker? Let yourself be heard in the comments below.

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