Before the release of Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens, I theorised that Gwendoline Christie's Captain Phasma could be the now non-canon Legends character Mara Jade, wife of Luke Skywalker. I remain hopeful that this is the case, and it would appear that I'm not alone in that, as a Wikipedia editor has taken the matter into their own hands and listed Episode 7's lead character, Rey, as Mara Jade's daughter!
Now, before anyone gets too excited, we have to accept that this is probably just a slightly-too-obsessed Star Wars fan messing about on Wikipedia. However, there are a few plot points from The Force Awakens which could indicate that Mara Jade may make an appearance at some point, possibly as Phasma...
Phasma helps our heroes
If you've not seen Episode 7 yet, firstly - why not? And secondly, there are spoilers coming up, so you may wish to stop reading here.
In the first few minutes of the film, Kylo Ren orders Phasma and her troops to kill the villagers on Jakku, but we never actually see Phasma open fire on anyone, which seems a shame, given that that blaster she carries around looks really heavy. In addition to this, when Chewbacca ambushes Phasma on Starkiller Base, she shuts down the base's shields under threat of gunfire from Finn. However, if Phasma is as courageous a warrior as we are led to believe she is, why did she agree so easily? Surely she should have been willing to die for the First Order? Maybe not. Maybe she had other things to think about, like a family...?
She has an English accent
One criticism I have of Captain Phasma's character is that she sounds like a half-hearted rival to Siri or Cortana. In a film which emphasises the fact that the First Order's stormtroopers are individual humans, why have a stormtrooper captain who sounds like a robot? Nonetheless, her accent, however lifeless and robotic, does give us something else with which we can speculate.
Rey, portrayed by Daisy Ridley, has a very clear English accent. This has led to all kinds of speculation that she is in some way related to Obi Wan Kenobi, which seems pretty far-fetched given his dedication to the Jedi order, and the rules it has etc. However, we hear Finn say something about the nature of becoming a stormtrooper which could be crucial in terms of the Mara Jade theory...
"Like all of them I was taken from a family I'll never know"
The phrase "taken from a family" could ring true with Mara Jade - could her and Luke have had a child (Rey) before Mara was captured during the fall of Luke's new Jedi order? It seems possible, and would mean that Rey grew up with Mara/Phasma's British accent around her, meaning she could pick it up herself. Did Luke drop Rey on Jakku just before heading into exile, tormented by the loss of his wife, as well as the repercussions Kylo Ren's purge had on his sister and best friend, Han Solo?
Captain Phasma is in Episode 8
Finally, the point which makes all of the above possible, no matter how far-fetched it may seem: Gwendoline Christie has been confirmed for Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode 8. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has already spoken of Captain Phasma's importance in the sequel trilogy, and it seems she may have been talking about more than just the character's impact on women in the film.
So, there you have it. What do you think? Could Mara Jade still make a return to Star Wars canon? Does her accent have anything to do with Rey? Let us know in the comments section!