During Comic Con this year, fans were treated to a special behind-the-scenes video from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which didn't reveal any new footage from the actual movie, but it did shed some light on several aspects of this highly-anticipated sequel. For one, the video confirmed rumors that J.J. Abrams' longtime friend and collaborator Simon Pegg has a small, costumed role in the film, while another brief snippet showed Daisy Ridley's Rey sitting in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, piloting the ship by herself. Ever since this video surfaced, fans have wondered if Rey will actually be flying this iconic "hunk of junk". Now a new Topps trading card (via io9) seemingly confirms that Rey will be co-piloting this ship alongside Chewbacca.
This trading card clearly shows Rey sitting next to Chewbacca, and while we don't know if she's actually flying the ship or not, she certainly seems to be at ease in the cockpit. There is already speculation that Rey could simply be taking over in the cockpit while Han Solo (Harrison Ford) mans one of the turrets, but we don't know for sure. There have long been rumors that the Millennium Falcon itself has new owners, after images of a Millennium Falcon LEGO playset revealed a number of new character mini-figures alongside Chewbacca and Han Solo.
It's possible we could get our first glimpse of Rey flying the Millennium Falcon in the third trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is rumored to arrive on Monday, October 19, but hasn't been confirmed yet. There have also been rumors that Rey may be Han Solo's daughter, especially since the character's surname has yet to be revealed. Director J.J. Abrams has already said there is a reason why we don't know Rey and Finn's last names yet, which will most likely be revealed when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18.
This trading card image also brings up another question regarding the Millennium Falcon: Was Rey piloting the ship during that iconic moment in the first teaser trailer from back in November? We have no way of knowing for sure, but it certainly is an intriguing possibility to examine. Rey and another new hero, Finn (John Boyega), are believed to meet on the new desert planet of Jakku, before they eventually encounter Han Solo and Chewbacca. There have been rumors that they find a lightsaber in the desert, which they learn belongs to Luke Skywalker, as they go on a journey to return the Jedi weapon to its rightful owner. Like almost every other tidbit of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, those details have not been confirmed.
The rumored trailer debut on Monday, October 19 is said to coincide with the official launch of ticket sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, giving fans almost exactly two months to buy tickets before this sci-fi saga hits theaters on December 18. If this ends up being true, don't be surprised if your local theater is sold out within hours, possibly breaking box office records months before it even hits theaters. While we wait for any official word on the trailer or ticket sales, check out this new trading card image below from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.