Has Rey’s Connection To The Prequel Trilogy In The Last Jedi Been Revealed?

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Of all the question marks hanging over the current series of Star Wars movies, probably the most hotly-contested is the mystery of Rey’s origins. The various theories about where Daisy Ridley’s heroine comes from range from the highly plausible – she’s Luke or Obi-Wan’s daughter – to the downright head-scratching – she’s possessed by the ghost of Palpatine (or something).

Of course, we still don’t have any concrete answers, and likely won’t for some time, but a new rumour has now been bandied about and it’s pretty compelling. In a recent video, YouTuber Mike Zeroh discussed his latest theory, which puts forth the idea that Rey has a major connection to the prequel trilogy, in that her character is a continuation of an important concept introduced back in 1999’s The Phantom Menace.

“We heard a couple of months ago that director Rian Johnson inserted prequel trilogy continuity in Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” says Zeroh. “We’ve recently learned that [it will] be very important to the plot and to a certain character, that of course being Rey. I believe this all has to do with the whole Chosen One concept, [one which] is being transferred from the prequels into The Last Jedi.

I believe that they are going to take advantage of that concept for Rey as a character, that she could very well be the Chosen One. In the script of The Force Awakens, Luke recognizes her in some way, shape or form, not by appearance, but in some other way.”

We can’t deny that this is a very convincing theory. After all, The Force Awakens definitely gave off the impression that Rey is of huge significance to Star Wars lore and as such, it would make a lot of sense for the character to follow on from Anakin Skywalker in being labelled the Chosen One.

On the other hand, you would think that Lucasfilm would try and do everything they can to not resurrect the hated memory of the prequels. That said, Johnson has defended them in the past, so it’s possible that he wants to use his film to help ameliorate people’s views of those oft-derided movies.

Time will ultimately tell, but could this be the big reveal about Rey that we’ve been promised is on the way in Star Wars: The Last Jedi? It’s tempting to believe that it is, but we do still have some reservations. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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