Fans are in for quite a few surprises when Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters. One of the biggest mysteries heading into the film surrounds the identity of Rey's (Daisy Ridley) parents. While some theories suggest Luke Skywalker is her father, it now appears as though Rey is actually the reincarnation of Darth Vader.
According to the Week, a Reddit user obtained a copy of the script for the upcoming film and revealed that the movie is titled Echoes of the Dark Side. The user also claimed that the script will feature Luke uncovering the secrets of reincarnation.
Apparently, Luke escaped society in order to understand reincarnation and its role in the grand scheme of things. During his extended retreat, he learned that the Force reincarnates the chosen one whenever the universe is in great peril. With Darth Vader dead and the world again facing peril, the Force reincarnated the chosen one in the form of Rey.
This latest theory has not been confirmed, although it does align with J.J. Abrams's comments about Rey's parents. In speaking with Entertainment Weekly during a Q&A session, the director revealed that Rey's parents have not been featured on film.
"Rey's parents are not in Episode 7, so I can't possibly say who they are at this moment. But I will say it is something that Rey thinks about, too," Abrams stated.
However, Entertainment Weekly reached out to Abrams to clear up his comments. In reply, Abrams backtracked a little and hinted that Rey may have already met her parents but doesn't know it yet.
"What I meant was that she doesn't discover them in Episode VII. Not that they may not already be in her world," he said.
According to E! Online, many fans took Abram's clarification as a sign that he accidentally let a spoiler slip. After all, this isn't the first time that Abram's has been extra secretive about his movies.
Prior to the release of Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013, Abrams refused to confirm rumors that Benedict Cumberbatch was playing the main villain in the film. Afterwards, Abrams admitted this was a mistake and that it would have been a better idea to come clean with the potential spoiler from the beginning.
Meanwhile, Ridley recently addressed the rumors that her mother is Jyn Erso, a character featured prominently in the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Although fans believe Rey and Jyn have some kind of family connection, Rey tried to squash the rumors before they could gain traction.
"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," Ridley stated.
Whatever the truth of the matter, it is clear that Rey is strong in the Force. After all, she did successfully fight off Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) at the end of Episode VII with no formal training. Perhaps she really is the reincarnation of Darth Vader.
In addition to the speculation surrounding Rey's family, there is also a mystery about her relationship with Kylo. While some fans believe they are siblings, Marc Hamill dropped a hint that they two might eventually become romantic interests moving forward.
"Dark&Light @mtvmovieaward Wins!" Hamill shared on Twitter. "Adam (U should smile more) Driver & Daisy (the adorable) Ridley! Hope 2C you more in #EP8."
With so many theories on the loose, it is hard to tell which ones are accurate. In the end, fans will have to wait until the movie finally hits theater next year to find out the truth behind Rey and her parents.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to open in theaters in December 2017.
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