Did Ewan McGregor's Cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hint at Rey's Parentage?

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 - 5:35PM
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 - 5:35PM
Did Ewan McGregor's Cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hint at Rey's Parentage?
We've known for quite some time that Ewan McGregor made a voice cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the actor finally opened up about the cameo on Jimmy Kimmel last week, in which he spoke the line during Rey's vision, "You have taken your first steps." 



Now, fans are speculating wildly about what (if anything) this cameo means for Rey's parentage. It essentially boils down to three theories: Rey is Luke's daughter, just as we all expected, Rey is Obi-Wan's granddaughter, which would make some sense, or she's a Skywalker/Kenobi hybrid, which could technically happen but would be kind of crazy.

Rey is Luke's daughter


Everyone assumed that Rey is Luke's daughter at the end of The Force Awakens, due to her vision at Maz Kanata's castle and Luke's reaction to her arrival at the end of the film. And this cameo from Ewan McGregor may make that theory even more plausible, as Obi-Wan once said those exact words to Luke in the original trilogy, so it would make sense for him to say it to Luke's daughter. This superficially seems like the most likely option, although the Rey-as-Kenobi theory is more plausible than I expected.

Rey is Obi-Wan Kenobi's granddaughter


It's possible that this line is meant to signify a direct connection between Obi-Wan and Rey, and judging from the timeline, she would be his granddaughter. Jedi aren't supposed to have children, of course, but Obi-Wan has been dissatisfied with the Jedi several times throughout the canon, and once fell in love with a woman named Satine before she was killed. If he had a child with Satine, or someone else, in secret, then Rey could be his granddaughter.

Not only would this explain why Rey has a British accent (John Boyega and Liam Neeson were also British, but spoke with American accents for their role, while Obi-Wan is the only other human character to have this accent), and the obvious parallel between her Jedi mind trick and Obi-Wan's famous "these are not the droids you're looking for" line, but it would sidestep the whole deadbeat parent conundrum. When fans were speculating that Rey was Luke's daughter or Han and Leia's daughter, it was difficult to explain how she was ultimately abandoned on a desert planet at only five years old. If she's Kenobi's grandchild, then it's possible we have never met her parents before, and they could have abandoned her without risking the audience's ire at a beloved character.

Rey is both Luke's daughter and Kenobi's granddaughter


This one's pretty self-explanatory, as it's just a mixture of the previous two theories. Obi-Wan secretly had a child, and that child just so happened to fall in love with Luke and have a child with him. This seems unlikely, just because it's overkill, and because the entire advantage of having Rey be related to Obi-Wan is that she wouldn't be related to Luke. Luke being her father is the most likely option, and surprising the audience with a conflict between a Skywalker offspring and a Kenobi offspring, rather than two Skywalker offspring, would be interesting and unexpected (except that we expect it, I guess).
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