When we were first introduced to Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, we were all amazed at this badass new character who could pilot a ship better than most in the galaxy. And as we all started to wonder where the hell such a skilled young lady came from, the conversation around Rey centered on one major mystery: Who are her parents? Leave it to the internet, then, to come-up with the most mind-boggling explanations of how she ended up stranded on Jakku.
Now, Star Wars 8 is just around the corner, and Daisy Ridley has posted a photo to mark the wrap of the filming of the new episode. Still, just like we were mainly left in the dark at the start of the new trilogy, there's not much we know about the plot, let alone the title. So until we get a trailer, let's stare for a few minutes at this blurry Instagram post — or look back at the biggest theories that have emerged about Rey's parentage.
It's A Wrap On Star Wars 8!
Following a snap of the wrap party for Star Wars 8, the British actress posted a simple picture of Rey holding a blue lightsaber, commenting that it's "a wrap on Star Wars Episode VIII."
We could try to find meaning in the portrait just like we carefully examined why Ridley would hide Rey's hairstyle in her latest fitness video, but there's probably not much to see there. Instead, you can brush up on your knowledge of Rey with the fan theories about her family below.
Rey Is The Daughter Of Luke Skywalker... And Captain Phasma?
One of the most popular theories is that Rey is Luke Skywalker's daughter — explaining her affinity with the Force and her piloting skills, and linking her destiny with Luke's. It would also add a level of intrigue to their new relationship now that Rey located Luke at the end of Episode VII, with Luke feeling responsible and Rey potentially resentful for having been left by herself.
But then who would be the mother? Has Luke Skywalker met a random lady while roaming the galaxy? This Star Wars 8 fan theory establishes Captain Phasma as her mother — that's right, the First Order leader who brainwashes a bunch of stormtroopers into killing civilians. Granted, that one's a bit too far-fetched, but nothing's too crazy for the world of fan theories.
Rey Is The Daughter Of Jyn Erso
Scratch the Dark Side in Rey's family: Another theory started wondering if maybe Rogue One's heroine Jyn Erso was Rey's mother. From the looks to the accent to the timeline, there's evidence that Rogue One could be setting Jyn up as Rey's mother, but it's Ridley who dismissed the idea with a blunt statement: "Just because she's white and got brown hair… it doesn't mean she's my mom."
She even added that she didn't give that much importance to Rey's origins:
"I think the amazing thing about [Episode VII] is that Finn and Rey don’t come from anywhere, and they find a place. So to me, it’s funny that people think it’s so important because I don’t really think it is."
So, scratch this one?
Rey Was Created By Snoke
As far as Star Wars 8 theories go, Captain Phasma was far from the craziest suggestion: What if Snoke created Rey with Luke Skywalker's DNA? The theory imagines that the Empire got a hold of Luke's severed hand, which allowed them to sample his DNA and led them to essentially cloning him. The fact that Rey then ended up on Jakku could be either because the experiment seemed to have failed, or because someone within the lab started caring for her and faked her death to protect her.
Rey Is The Sister Of Poe Dameron
Meanwhile, other have turned to the Star Wars comics to find clues of Rey's parentage. In the Marvel comic Shattered Empire, Poe Dameron's mother, Shara Bey, helps Luke recover two powerful plants called trees of the Force, and he leaves her one as a sign of his gratitude. She plants it in front of her home on Yavin IV, where she could have raised not only Poe, but also Rey. That would explain that they both are Force-sensitive, as their childhood home would have been imbued with the Force.
Rey Is The Daughter Of Han Solo And Leia
There's a theory that Rey is Han and Leia's daughter — unbeknownst to Han. It makes it harder to justify that they would leave her on a sandy planet like Jakku, but nothing's impossible, right? At least that would make the Millennium Falcon the ultimate family heirloom.
Rey Is The Reincarnation Of Anakin Skywalker
The theory that really took the cake, though, appeared when a fan mused that Rey is the reincarnation of Anakin Skywalker. You can read the breakdown by clicking the link, but all you really need to know is that this explanation would essentially make Rey Luke's dad.
Or you know, she isn't anyone's daughter. This is where we can take clues from Ridley, who's repeatedly insisted that Rey's past wasn't what mattered the most in her story.
"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."