Just when you thought director J.J. Abrams and was done teasing us with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” material, a newly released international trailer for the film was released Friday showing a surprising amount of new footage. While the trailer is still pretty light on plot details, it did lend some credence to one of the more prominent rumors floating around about a new character.
The trailer features quite a lot of Rey (Daisy Ridley), in addition to some her first dialogue snippets. She encounters the now-famous droid, BB-8, and strikes up a conversation about waiting.
“I know all about waiting,” she says. “My family…”
With the trailer highlighting the relationship that this mysterious new character has with her even more mysterious relatives, it has reignited a popular fan theory about Rey that indicates audiences may already be well acquainted with her family when “The Force Awakens” hits theaters.
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Many fans have taken to the idea that the character ends up being revealed as the secret daughter of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia (Carrie Fisher). Abrams may be using the pair from the original “Star Wars” trilogy to bring Rey into the hearts of a modern-day audience. The rumor caught fire when Mirror UK reported that, while speaking on a Japanese TV network with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Ridley used a pun to hint to fans that her long-lost family may be closer than they appear. When asked directly about her character’s parents, the actress responded:
“I’m not sure how much I can say,” she said. “I guess because I’ve said that I’m solitary, and that’s how I begin, that is probably a big clue as to what it is.”
The outlet reports that she coyly pronounced the word “solitary” as “solo-tary,” which many took as confirmation that Rey’s origins are tied to the Solo family. As CinemaBlend points out, Rey is also seen in the international trailer clutching what appears to be the body of an unknown character. It was previously reported that leaks from the set of “The Force Awakens” indicate that Han Solo may not make it all the way through the movie. Perhaps the dramatic death of a long-lost father may set up Rey to be the heroine of the next trilogy.
Of course, fans will have to wait until the film hits theaters on Dec. 18 to have all their burning “Star Wars” questions answered. In the meantime, they can check out the newly released international trailer for the film below: