Ever since she was first seen on-screen, brought to life by actress Daisy Ridley, the mystery of Rey's parentage has been a hot discussion amongst Star Wars fans. Theories range from the plausible – a possible Skywalker descendant – to the downright ridiculous, including a far-fetched theory that she just hatched from an egg!
Throwing our proverbial hat into the ring, we’re here to offer another theory and settle this argument once and for all: why Rey being a Kenobi would be the perfect thing for the Star Wars world.
With The Last Jedi out this December, here are some theories...
Does the timeline work out?
Set approximately 30 years after the end of Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens served as our initial introduction to Rey.
In the movie she's around 19 years old. As Obi-Wan (Alec Guinness) dies at the end of Star Wars: A New Hope, it is totally implausible for him to be her father. However (despite the Jedi’s code of abstinence), it is totally plausible that in his many years in the wilderness, Ben Kenobi could’ve fallen in love, had a child who then would have gone on to have children, one of them being Rey.
This would make Rey Obi-Wan’s granddaughter. It could also explain why Rey was left at such a young age on the desert planet of Jakku. With the First Order rising from the ashes of the Empire, it would be wise to keep the distant descendant of one of the greatest Jedi masters hidden.
What's the evidence?
As seen in The Force Awakens, Rey has a proficiency for Jedi mind tricks, although when we first met her she hadn't been trained in the ways of the Force. In fact, only towards the end of the movie did we find out what she was truly capable of.
Who else was particularly skilled at mind tricks? Obi-Wan of course! It is surely natural that a granddaughter of Obi-Wan’s would inherit some of his skills.
This may be a casual observation but Rey’s desert attire of beige robes is aesthetically very similar to Obi-Wan’s Jedi outfit, so this could be a little visual clue from the filmmakers as to Rey’s parentage as well.
A voice from the past...
In a flash-back/flash-forward sequence in The Force Awakens, we hear the voice of Obi-Wan speaking directly to Rey. A clever combination of Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor’s voices were used with Obi-Wan saying to her: "Rey, these are your first steps".
Of course there could be another explanation for Rey hearing the voice of Obi-Wan as she is strong in the Force, but the fact she is personally addressed makes us think there is a much deeper, familial connection here.
"A Jedi, like my grandfather before me"
Whilst many speculated about Rey being the daughter of Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker (the final look shared between them at the end of The Force Awakens possibly hinted at a personal connection), in our eyes it is further evidence to Rey being a Kenobi.
Way back in A New Hope, when Luke Skywalker was still a naive farm boy, he was handed the lightsaber belonging to his father, by Obi-Wan. Perhaps some 40 years later, Luke is once again being handed the exact same lightsaber, by an Obi-Wan descendant?
There is a lot to interpret in Luke’s face, and the gesture is clearly invoking a lot of memories and emotion. Perhaps he is thinking ,"and here we go again"!
A perfect circle
The Star Wars universe loves its symmetry, and the balance of the light side and the dark side has been a constant theme throughout.
In A New Hope we first meet Obi-Wan Kenobi as an old man, a recluse in the desert who sets Luke Skywalker on his path to becoming a Jedi. When he comes face to face with the villainous Darth Vader (David Prowse), there is undoubtedly history and tension there, Kenobi having trained the young Vader before he turned to the dark side.
This is explored in more detail in the prequel trilogy, culminating in a fiery (in more ways than one!) battle on the volcanic planet of Mustafar between master and Padawan (played as a younger man by Hayden Christensen).
So where does Rey fit into all of this? Well, in The Force Awakens, we’re introduced to the new bad guy, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), the son of Princess Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Having been trained by Luke, Kylo Ren switches to the dark side, finding the legacy of his grandfather Darth Vader, to be much more aspirational.
Rey being a Kenobi would be another perfect example of Star Wars symmetry. Tracing it back to the start we have Ben Kenobi training Anakin Skywalker, who then faces off against another Skywalker, his son Luke.
The latter then trains another Skywalker, Kylo Ren, who finally has to face off against possible Kenobi descendant, Rey. If this new trilogy is to be the final instalment of the Star Wars saga, then it would be the most fitting of conclusions.
Sarah Buddery is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.