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The new Rogue One trailer has inspired a slew of new theories, with fans connecting Jyn Erso to everyone from Han Solo to Captain Phasma. And of course, The Force Awakens' enigmatic new hero has been thrown into the mix, with many fans already rallying around the idea that Rey is actually Jyn Erso's daughter.

There are clear similarities between the two characters in the trailer, which you should definitely watch again if you haven't done so already.

Rey being Jyn's daughter would explain a bunch of stuff, like Rey's English accent and why Han Solo seems to know who she is. Putting aside the thorny issue of who her father is (most people want her to be a Skywalker, but others aren't convinced), here's why we think Rey Erso would be a really neat way to tie the Star Wars narrative together.

The Similarities Are Staking Up

Of course, many people have already pointed out the physical similarities between Daisy Ridley and Felicity Jones.

I'm not fighting: the two definitely look related.

Jyn Erso and Rey: more than a passing resemblance?
Jyn Erso and Rey: more than a passing resemblance?

But there's another similarity which stands out more as a clue that the two characters are connected: Rey's accent. There are many different accents and languages from Earth which feature in the Star Wars films, but what's important about Rey's accent isn't the nationality, but the region: British RP is used in the Star Wars universe to denote characters of authority, who hail from the central planets.

Basically, this isn't an accent Rey would have picked up on Jakku, an Outer Rim planet, so it must have come from her parents. And speaking of Jakku, Rey's age when she was abandoned on the desert planet also holds clues about her backstory.

The Chronology Makes Sense

Rogue One takes place just before A New Hope, which in turn is set around 35 years before The Force Awakens. Assuming, Jyn is in her early twenties, she's the same age (roughly) as the Skywalker twins.

Jyn Erso in the Rebel base.
Jyn Erso in the Rebel base.

The only mention we have of Rey's parents is in the official The Force Awakens novelisation, during Rey's vision.

"Stay here, I'll come back for you. I'll come back, sweetheart. I promise."

Forget abandoned: this heartfelt goodbye implies that Rey was left on Jakku because her parents had no other option. What's interesting to note is that Kylo Ren's massacre of the Jedi students occurred when he was 15. Because of their confirmed ages, we know that this happened when Rey was 5 years old. Incidentally, this is also the age she was when she was left on Jakku. Hmm.

So is this just a coincidence, or a clue about the wider story? Many fans believe the latter, which is why they've come to the conclusion that considering Rey's Force Sensitivity, she was hidden from Kylo Ren for her own protection.

For this to be true, Rey's parents would have to be involved in the Rebel Alliance. Discovering her Force Sensitivity, they might have planned to have Rey train with Luke Skywalker. But when Kylo Ren massacred the Jedi students, they hid Rey on Jakku.

Tying Into The Saga

Rey's origin story could be one of the most interesting plot points of Star Wars Episode 8. With Kylo Ren and Rey already positioned as nemeses, it would be elegant thematically to connect Rey's abandonment with Kylo Ren's betrayal of Luke Skywalker.

Rey v Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens.
Rey v Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens.

As far as the franchise goes, it would be a smart move to have Rogue One introduce Jyn as Rey's mother, thus establishing an emotional connection to the new saga films as well as A New Hope. The revelation of Jyn being Rey's mother, or at least a bunch of clues, would also fuel speculation and build up hype yet again for Episode 8's release a year later.

Colin Trevorrow, who is directing Star Wars Episode 9, has also promised that Rey's parentage is important to the plot, and will be narratively satisfying.

"We’re going to make sure that that answer is deeply and profoundly satisfying, because Rey is a character that is important in this universe, not just in the context of The Force Awakens but in the entire galaxy, and she deserves it."

Rey's parentage is a part of the wider story.
Rey's parentage is a part of the wider story.

In this context, Rogue One suddenly becomes something more than an anthology spin-off. It's not just the tale of the scrappy rebels who stole the plans to the first Death Star, and it's not just a gritty war story about conflict on the front lines. (Although to be honest, Rogue One is going to be awesome just because of those reasons.)

If Jyn Ero really is Rey's mother, then Rogue One would give depth to Rey's backstory, and begin another mystery: why did Jyn feel she had to abandon Rey on Jakku? And where is Jyn during the events of The Force Awakens? While all we have to go on right now are potential clues, it would be awesome to have Rogue One set up this connection to Episode 8, establishing a new generational story in the Star Wars saga.

[Source: Entertainment Tonight]


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