Will Jyn Erso be the Next Piece in the Skywalker Puzzle?
It’s been a little over 24 hours since the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer dropped online. And to be honest, who hasn’t been dissecting every frame, trying to uncover what’s going down in our beloved galaxy far, far away.
There’s no doubt the teaser still give off the vibes of classic Star Wars (AT-AT walkers, the Death Star), albeit a more grounded mature approach. But what’s shockingly different this time around is that Rogue One is steering clear of the Skywalkers. Or is it?
Rumors began to fuel online yesterday that the film’s lead, Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, could very well be Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) mother. Do we have the next piece of the puzzle of the Skywalker legacy right in front on us?
It’s possible. Many fans have already speculated that Rey is Luke’s daughter. So for right now, let’s dismiss the Han and Leia rumors. Put the Kenobi and Palpatine offspring theories to rest too. If Luke’s wife is roughly his own age, she’d be in her late teens in the original film. In reality, Jones is 32, though we don’t actually have her character’s age narrowed down just yet. Mark Hamill was playing a whiny 18-year-old at 25. So it’s no stretch that Jones herself could pass herself off as twenty-something rebel.
Rey’s mother doesn’t necessarily have to be Force-sensitive either. She’s already inherited that from her potential daddy. But Jyn has some traits she could pass down to Rey. Like Rey, she’s been on her own since she was young and can handle herself in a fight if need be.
If Jyn Erso is by chance Rey’s mother,we’re dealing with a double-edged sword here. The move would keep Star Wars claustrophobic, still centered around the Skywalkers when there’s an entire universe of stories to explore. And it might even be taken as a forced, neatly tying together Rey’s parentage in a nice clean bow. But don’t forget, this is the same universe where Anakin Skywalker built C-3PO, who somehow ended up with his son 30 years later. The will of the Force is out there working overtime.
And if that’s not enough. Rogue One could potentially take a page out of Game of Thrones’ book with its highly debated R+L=J theory. If you’re not up on your Westeros history, R+L=J refers to a certain character’s potential parentage in the series. We still don’t know if it’s true, but if you rearrange the letters you have L (Luke) + J (Jyn) = R (Rey). Coincidence? You be the judge of that.
Rogue One follows the events just before Star Wars as a group of Rebels have joined forces to steal the plans for the Death Star. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk and Genevieve O’Reilly. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is due out in theaters December 16th.
Could Felicity Jones end up becoming Rey’s unknown mother. If not, what will be her ultimate role in the Star Wars universe? Let the speculation begin.