Since the 2015 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens there has been countless theories as to the heritage of one of its main characters. Whether Rey is the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi or even Darth Sidious is really anyone’s guess at this point.
Lucasfilms/Disney have kept the secret under extremely tight lock and key. So when Adam Driver, the actor who plays Kylo Ren—aka Ben Solo in the new trilogy—let slip the word “princess” in connection with a main character, it basically gave the internet a stroke. Driver said in an interview:
“I remember the initial conversations about having things ‘skinned,’ … peeling away layers to evolve into other people, and the person Kylo’s pretending to be on the outside is not who he is.”
“He’s a vulnerable kid who doesn’t know where to put his energy, but when he puts his mask on, suddenly, he’s playing a role. JJ had that idea initially and I think said [Johnson, director of The Last Jedi] took it to the next level. You have, also, the hidden identity of this princess who’s hiding who she really is so she can survive and Kylo Ren and her hiding behind these artifices.”
Now, before we get too excited it should be noted that Han didn’t seem to recognize Rey at all, nor did Leia, really. So, she couldn’t possibly be their daughter. She could still be Luke daughter though since he has royal blood from his mother Queen Amidala.
She could also be Emperor Sheev Palpatine’s long-lost spawn. This would make her the true heir to Darth Sidious Sith legacy. This reveal would mirror the mind-blowing scene at the end of The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke found out his own family connection to Darth Vader.
Now, it could be that Driver said it to confuse the masses and while some may say that that’s rude or counterintuitive, it’s all in good fun and really could mean that the handlers from Disney/Lucasfilm told him to do just that because there was a bigger set of spoilers out there that he needed to distract from.
The question then becomes… What was that spoiler and where is it?!? Stay tuned to find out!