As the highly anticipated release date of The Last Jedi on 15th December approaches, we’re only getting more excited. We wish we could tell you more about the upcoming sequel but, with everything kept tightly guarded, we only know as much as you.
Just because everything about The Last Jedi’s under wraps, however, doesn’t mean fans haven’t created enough theories to fill the Sarlacc Pit. We might not know what to expect from The Last Jedi, but after scouring the internet for fan theories, we’ve found details that we want to come true and here they are…
Rey is Obi-Wan's granddaughter
One of the biggest unanswered questions in The Force Awakens was where Rey (Daisy Ridley) hailed from and who her parents were.
Naturally, this has led to a variety of theories about Rey’s origins ranging from her being cloned from Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) severed hand or even that she hatched from an egg. These theories aren’t impossible but our favourite is that Rey is Obi-Wan’s (Ewan McGregor) granddaughter.
Spin-off shows Clone Wars and Rebels both speculate Obi-Wan had a daughter who could potentially be Rey’s mother. Although the supervising director of Rebels, Dave Filoni, claims this theory is nonsense, we’ve got a feeling he might not want to admit fans were right.
Rey will turn to the Dark Side whilst Kylo turns to the Light
This one is more of an educated guess than a widely supported theory. After unleashing her newfound Force powers in The Force Awakens, Rey becomes obsessed with her power and, like Anakin, is seduced to the dark side.
Meanwhile, full of guilt from his actions and torn about where he stands, Kylo betrays Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) to re-join the Jedi alongside his mother.
After the build-up of the conflict between Rey and Kylo in The Force Awakens, this might be a bit of a cop-out but, on the other hand, it would be completely unexpected and their conflict will still exist, they’ll just be fighting on the other side. We’ll just need to wait and see with this one but we’re not getting our hopes up.
Snoke is Darth Maul
The Force Awakens introduced us to a host of new villains led by the mysterious Snoke, whose identity hasn't yet been brought to light.
Theories range from Snoke being ancient Jedi to a clone of Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and even the late Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson). But what if Snoke was revealed to be Phantom Menace villain Darth Maul (Ray Park)?
This theory is supported with Maul’s appearance in the Star Wars spin-off shows, which are now recognised as canon. This means that Maul would have survived his injuries from The Phantom Menace and was in hiding for several years (not unlike a certain Luke).
The evidence for this one’s a bit of a long shot but nonetheless convincing – Maul and Snoke even have eerily similar voices but this could just be coincidence. With Maul being arguably one of the best parts of the prequels, it would be interesting to see him resurface in the new trilogy.
Luke is a 'grey' Jedi
Although it might sound like it, this isn’t a joke aimed at Luke’s new silver fox look.
Rather, a Grey Jedi is a new addition to the Star Wars lore. Whereas so far Force users have either been Jedi or Sith, Grey Jedi are neutral; they have Force powers but aren’t bound to the binary of light and dark like the Sith or Jedi.
If Luke is in fact now a Grey Jedi, then his line in the trailer "It’s time for the Jedi to end" might not mean the dramatic annihilation of the entire Jedi Order but instead refer to the end of the good vs evil binary put forward in the previous instalments.
Adding an additional aspect to the Force would be a welcome change at this point but, if true, could this mean an end to the light vs dark side struggle the series is founded on?
Anakin and Yoda will make appearances
Like all theories, take this one with a massive pinch of salt. According to online rumours, a disgruntled Lucasfilm marketing employee leaked a large part of The Last Jedi’s plot. This leak suggests that during Rey’s training she comes across Anakin (Hayden Christensen) and Yoda (Frank Oz) as “Force ghosts” – you know, those blue apparitions that appear throughout the series.
Having Anakin and Yoda appear (even momentarily) would be a nice throwback to the original trilogy and give the new trilogy a strong connection to the rest of the saga. This also wouldn’t be the first time that mysteries apparitions have appeared during Jedi training however - remember when Luke bid farewell on Endor at the end of Return of the Jedi?
It would be great to see Rey interact with the older Star Wars characters but don't believe everything you read.
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Andy Murray is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.