Rey's Insane Star Wars: Episode VIII Backstory Revealed?
Who is Rey? A new rumor claims to have the answer, and it's pretty crazy. In the months leading into last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams said the surnames of both Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) were purposefully kept from fans, raising more and more questions about their heritage. When the movie finally came out, we learned that Finn is actually a nickname of sorts for his Stormtrooper codename, FN-2187, and that he was taken from his family as a child by the First Order. As for Rey's parentage, we didn't get many clues in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but according to new plot details for Star Wars: Episode VIII, fans will learn a shocking truth about Rey, if this report turns out to be true. There will be plenty of potential spoilers for Star Wars: Episode VIII below, so read on at your own risk.
A Reddit user dubbed u/LouEvilOne posted these "leaked" plot details on a StarWarsLeaks Reddit page. Naturally, the authenticity of these details have yet to be confirmed by LucasFilm, and we don't expect to get any confirmation until the movie hits theaters on December 15, 2017. One of these leaked details is the movie's purported title, Star Wars: Echoes of the Dark Side, with the story reportedly following three main plot threads, centering on Kylo Ren, Finn and Rey, all of which will converge in the movie's third act.
One of the biggest complaints fans had with Star Wars: The Force Awakens is that it felt to structurally similar to the plot of Star Wars: Episode IV. This Reddit user claims that the Star Wars: Episode 8 story won't be quite as similar to The Empire Strikes Back, as The Force Awakens was to The New Hope, but there will still be plenty of similarities. The story will reportedly feature Rey starting her Jedi training with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on a remote planet, which was hinted at in a recent set photo. Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) find themselves on a beautiful city that has a "shady, sinister underpinning," which sounds quite similar to Lando Calrissian's Cloud City.
Both Finn and Poe are reportedly captured by Kylo Ren and used as bait to draw Rey out of hiding, which will lead to another duel with Rey and Kylo Ren. This Reddit user also claims that Supreme Leader Snoke seduced Kylo Ren and had him kill all of Luke Skywalker's Jedi trainees, but Luke and a few others survive, including Rey. Luke then sends Rey to Jakku to protect her, with Rey's mother dying in the attack. The biggest surprise revealed in these details is that Rey is actually Luke's father, meaning she's a reincarnation of Annakin Skywalker. Here's the explanation for this alleged twist from the Reddit user.
"Rey is the reincarnation of Anakin Skywalker. Luke went to the first Jedi temple to better understand how the process works. He learned that the spirit of the chosen one is reincarnated by the Force every time the universe is thrown out of balance, which apparently happens on a semi-regular basis (Anakin was hardly the first time the chosen one reincarnated). This is why she's so crazy powerful with the Force (remember that Anakin blew up the Trade Federation donut ship by himself when he was like 8 years old). Rey was the product of a virgin birth, but midichlorians aren't mentioned (Luke says "you are a child of the Force"). Luke is hesitant to train her because, according to Jedi history, the chosen one always struggles with staying on the light side of the Force because of the chaotic power running through them. He's afraid that she could become Vader 2.0. If he trains her to fight Kylo, and she turns dark, she would do way more damage to the galaxy than Kylo could ever dream of doing."
The post goes on to reveal much more about the story, including details about Benecio Del Toro's character Lord Vikram, who is serving as The Republic's interim leader, and is reportedly clashing with Leia Organa, who wants to go to war with The First Order. Newcomer Kelly Marie Tran is said to be playing Leia's contact Chala, who Finn becomes enamored with. Reportedly, Rey learns how to wield a lightsaber and use the Force, while she has another vision where she speaks with Maz Kanata and Hayden Christensen's Annakin Skykwalker. It isn't clear if this is a dream sequence or some form of telepathy.
There is a rumored scene featuring hundreds of Force ghosts, believed to be past "chosen ones." Later in the movie, Rey tells Luke that she feels Finn's "distress" and that she needs to go to him, a direct call back to Luke's dilema in Empire. Luke shares the time he also felt his friends werde in pain, disobeying his master's orders to save them, instead of finishing his training. However, Luke has his own way of training, and goes with her. A different scene shows Finn waking up on a Resistance ship, where he's told by Poe that they're on their way to the Republic homeworld, which was established after the Starkiller Base was destroyed.
The Starkiller Base's destruction is said to have knocked out communications to several parts of the galaxy, and Vikram wants to re-establish communications before going to war, which is where Leia and Vikram disagree. Leia thinks this is the perfect time to strike, with both sides engulfed in chaos. The Republic is being protected by a massive shield that can repel any First Order attack. Finn, Poe and Chala find out that Vikram's aide is a traitor, one of the First Order's spies. Leia throws him in jail for treason, and essentially takes over the Republic, putting Finn in charge of the shield's codes. But it turns out Vikram's aide wasn't the real traitor, it was Chala all along.
Chala leads Finn into a room where Captain Phasma is waiting, telling Finn that she planted the evidence on Vikram's aide in order to get the shield codes from Finn. After Phasma orders Finn to lower the shields, the First Order comes out of hyperspace and invades the planet, capturing Finn, Poe and Leia. Kylo Ren starts torturing Finn in an attempt to bring Rey out of hiding. Naturally, none of these details have been confirmed. We'll have to wait until 2017 to see if they turn out to be true.