With the premiere of the first The Last Jedi trailer, the eighth episode in the "Skywalker saga," the Star Wars speculation train is back in operation, and once again, star Daisy Ridley is fielding questions about her character's lineage.
Fans will recall that Episode VII: The Force Awakens introduced us to the lonely scavenger Rey, who was abandoned on the desert planet of Jakku as a child. Rey's parentage was a subject of debate even before The Force Awakens hit screens, and it's a question that continues to rile fans. Is she Leia's daughter? Luke's daughter? A descendant of Palpatine? The reincarnation of Anakin Skywalker?
Earlier this month, actor Josh Gad probed Ridley about her character's last name at a Star Wars Celebration panel. "Is your name Rey Skywalker?" Gad joked, then added, "Is your name Rey Kenobi?" The latter question was met with a fierce round of applause from the audience. "That's a popular answer, clearly," said a cheeky Ridley.
But is it more than just speculative? Could it be that Rey, our newest sStar Wars heroine, is actually the granddaughter of Obi-Wan? The evidence certainly stacks up, perhaps more clearly than any other posited option. Let's put on our tinfoil X-Wing helmets and consider the possibility of "Rey Kenobi."