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There is something nostalgic about going back to the good ol' days of Death Stars, Grand Moff Tarkin and a time before the planet of Alderaan was a pile of space dust. Well if that is your bag, then saddle up for December's Star Wars: Rogue One. Oscar-winner Felicity jones leads a team of rebels who attempt to take on (and take down) the iconic Death Star. In the vein of last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 'here come the girls', so just who is Jyn Erso and why does she look so familiar? Could this be the fabled Rey's mother?
Colin Trevorrow has already teased that his directing duties on Star Wars: Episode IX will explore the larger context of Rey's parents in the film, apparently playing a big part. It is unclear whether the director of Episode VIII, Rian Johnson, will include any Rey family mythos, but it is unlikely that we will have to wait for Trevorrow and 2019 before we get some answers:
I’ve seen all of the theories… What I do know is that we’re going to make sure that that answer is deeply and profoundly satisfying, because Rey is a character that is important in this universe, not just in the context of The Force Awakens but in the entire galaxy, and she deserves it. So we’ll make sure that that answer is something that feels like it was—it’s something that happened a long time ago [in a galaxy] far, far away, we’re just telling you what happened.
With Jones' Jyn Eros playing such a big part in Rogue One, some are calling it one big family 'Rey-union' and here are five signs, so let's break it down...
Lonely Heart's Club
During the Rogue One trailer, Genevieve O'Reilly is back as Mon Mothma, saying that Jyn has been on her own "from the age of 15", as well as being "reckless, aggressive and undisciplined.”Hmmmmm, why does that sound familiar?
Rey's many years alone inside an Imperial Walker on Jakku toughened her to be a great scavenger, resourceful and take on attackers with her Yoda-style stick. Rey certainly got her fighting spirit from someone in her family...
Secondly it is expected that Jyn Erso will meet a young Han Solo in his own anthology spin-off in 2018. The film slate stands as such: Rogue One (2016), Han Solo-Solo (2018), mystery project for a proposed (2020). So if Solo is the right age to be Rey's father (as many still think), then Jyn is the right age to be Rey's mother. Admittedly Jyn would have had Rey later in life, but it is doable. Infiltrating a Death Star can scupper your plans to start a family!
Also remember when Rey and Han first meet on The Falcon, he was all too quick to let her hop on board - she could have been anything from a Supreme Leader Snoke spy, to a Jar Jar Binks supporter. So let's say Han recognised Jyn in Rey and took her in as some sort of past loyalty. A past relationship would also explain away that awkward J.J Abrams hug between Leia and Rey; Leia knowing that Rey is the daughter of Jyn could bring back painful memories. Obviously Jyn wasn't around during the events of Star Wars: IV-VII, so where is she?
What's in a name?
If you are going to be really cryptic about it, Jyn is a Chinese translation of 'gold, bright and beautiful', whilst Rey means 'King', or 'Ray of Light.' Some even point to the fact that Jyn could be a derivation of Jinn (Qui-Gonn), which would flow the family bloodline of force-sensitivity all the way down to, yep, you guessed it...Rey!
Look who's talking.
Also they look and sound very similar... rubbish you say!?! Well not quite, John Boyega was asked to change his accent to American for Force Awakens, so why keep Daisy Ridley's British? A glaring look at her parentage perhaps? Others remind us of that Rey Skywalker theory. Certainly with Kylo Ren being of Solo-Organa parentage, it is unlikely they have another brother/sister combo taking on The Empire. So how about Jyn and Luke hooking up...?
Just clever editing?
Finally, both The Force Awakens and Rogue One trailers open on piano music and a mysterious shot of our female leads. Felicity Jones is clearly taking on the boyish Han Solo-esque role as wisecracking space cowboy for Rogue One, just as Rey did in Force Awakens; coincidence and clever editing, or a storyline 30 years in the making?
One crazy Redditor even takes the theory one step further...MIND BLOWN!
We don't actually have that long to wait before we return to that galaxy far, far away. Star Wars: Rogue One opens in cinemas on 16 December and all will become clear, well, clear-er!