For six movies and a good deal of one television show, the story of Star Wars unabashedly revolved around the Skywalker family. The family patriarch, Anakin Skywalker, went down a very different path than his son Luke -- and though Luke wasn't without his struggles, he committed to the light side of the Force, and brought out the good in his father during Anakin's final moments.
Over 30 years later, the story of a family so near and dear to our hearts is about to continue.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has described the film's plot by using the words "legacy" before, but now, she's absolutely clarified what the central story of the saga films will continue to be in a recent issue of Costco Connection:
The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga. The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. 'The Force Awakens' follows 'Return of the Jedi' and continues that generational story.
While it's been suspected that at least one of the new primary cast members from [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158)is part of this legendary family, clarification on these characters' origins has been either vague or nonexistent.
Now, the new Shattered Empire comic seems to have revealed the parents of Poe Dameron, so fans have zeroed in on Finn and Rey, with many believing that Rey is the next Skywalker in the family line.
The similarities between Rey's story and that of Luke's or Anakin's are undeniable, but beyond that, Daisy Ridley bears an incredible resemblance to both Natalie Portman's Padme Amidala and Pernilla August's Shmi Skywalker.
If Rey is a Skywalker, is she the child of Luke, or Leia? Is Han her father? Why -- when her theoretical parents were once the heroes of the Rebellion -- is she scavenging alone on a desert planet? While none of these questions will likely be answered until the film releases in December, the indication of another Skywalker possibly continuing the family legacy is too juicy not to speculate on.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th.