There might be 611 days to go until Star Wars Episode VIII is released (not that I'm counting), but there's no rest for the Star Wars fans. The release of the Rogue One trailer has fired up the forges of speculation once again, and the most popular theory states that Jyn Erso is in fact Rey's mother.
We really like this theory, but there's one person who doesn't, and she's something of an expert on the matter.
Rey herself, or Daisy Ridley as she's known in our world, has recently commented on the fandom gossip, and her response can basically be summed up as "dudes, chill." After winning the Breakthrough Performer award, Ridley spoke to MTV News backstage about the latest theories.
"I'm not being funny you guys, but just because she’s white and got brown hair, it doesn’t mean she’s my mum."
It's worth remembering that Ridley does know the identity of Rey's parents, so is this her way of debunking a theory, or is this a diversion tactic? The Star Wars cast has their fair share of trolls, after all.
Ridley makes a good point though, as she comments on the physical similarities between her and Felicity Jones (who plays Jyn). As far as family resemblance is concerned, Rey definitely looks more like Jyn than she does like Luke Skywalker, the other pet fave among fans when it comes to guessing Rey's lineage.
But not all fans are scrabbling to guess the mystery of Rey's past. Many have made the point that Rey being a Skywalker would be at once predictable and boring, and not to mention it could undermine Rey's standing as a hero in her own right. I don't think I can sum it up any better than Al Horner of Digital Spy did...
"Making Rey related to Luke or Leia makes the Star Wars universe smaller, not bigger. The prequel trilogy made this mistake and paid the price for it. What had been a monstrously big universe to lose yourself in suddenly felt the size of a Tesco Express car park."
But does this apply to the Rey Erso theory? Rogue One could be a complete standalone, or it could inform and feed into the main Star Wars saga. And while I'm bored of everyone being a Skywalker, it's high time for Star Wars to do a proper mother-daughter legacy story.
Having said that, it's difficult to disagree with Ridley's argument for the importance of Rey's journey, and how she is creating a new family.
"Finn and Rey don't come from anywhere and they find a place. Regardless of where you come from, where you go is the thing: you're moving forward, and you can make a family, you can find people who you love. So I think the progression Rey is making is and the relationships she's making now are more important than where she comes from."
Essentially, while it's fun to discuss Rey's past, it's her present which is the most important thing. But does her journey include becoming a Jedi?
Because The Force Awakens concluded with Rey finding Luke Skywalker, many fans assumed that Star Wars Episode 8 would feature Rey training to become a Jedi. Again, Ridley warns against making assumptions.
"I don’t know if I am a Jedi… I don’t think I am. We’ve had this debate as to whether Leia is because she uses her Force powers. Just because she’s not like, oh I’m going on an adventure like Luke doesn’t make her any less Forceful."
By the time The Force Awakens rolls around, the old Jedi Order has been dead and gone for about 50 years. After Luke's attempt at training new Jedi ended in a tragic massacre, it makes sense that he would be hesitant to train Rey.
But beyond this, Ridley's comments hint at Star Wars establishing a new kind of Force user, someone who is good and heroic but doesn't have to subscribe to the restrictions imposed by the Jedi Order. This is very intriguing, and it's fantastic to know that Star Wars 8 will forge ahead into new territory, rather than retelling stories we've seen before. Roll on December!