It has a lot to do with Solo: A Star Wars Story
Since her debut in ‘The Force Awakens’, Star Wars’ Rey has had the internet up in arms in debate about who her real parents might be. A popular fan theory that uses information from ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ has been debunked.
Since Star Wars is inherently a story about family, some weren’t satisfied with the reveal in ‘The Last Jedi’ about Rey’s parentage being a couple of nobodies.
Many couldn’t accept this – even Simon Pegg admitted that Rey’s original parentage was “undone” by ‘The Last Jedi’ – and thus fan theories became very popular online among the communities that maligned Rey’s parental reveal.
One particular fan theory from Film Threat claims that Rey’s parents are Han Solo and Qi’ta, Emilia Clarke’s character in Solo.
It reads: “If Han and Qi’ra are Rey’s parents, that means that Rey and Kylo Ren are half-siblings, sort of mirroring Luke and Leia’s relationship. Plus, this would mean that Kylo and Rey both come from the same father and a mother who’s connected with the opposite side of the Force. Rey/Light Side : Qi’ra/Dark Side. Kylo/Dark Side : Leia/Light Side”.
However, as Uproxx note, the timelines for this theory don’t align. In Star Wars canon, ‘Solo’ takes places around 10 BBY (Before Battle Of Yavin – the events of episode IV) and Rey wasn’t born until at least 15 ABY (After the Battle of Yavin). There’s no way Qi’ra could have been Rey’s mother unless Han cheated on Leia which is… a bit of reach.
Last month (Aug 1), J.J. Abrams paid tribute to Carrie Fisher in his first ever tweet as production on Star Wars: Episode IX got underway.
“Bittersweet starting this next chapter without Carrie, but thanks to an extraordinary cast and crew, we are ready to go,” he wrote.