There are less than two months until the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," and still little is known about the characters' origins or any major plot points (thanks no doubt to Disney's anti-spoiler strategy).
With every new set photo or teaser, rumors begin to circulate around the internet, some with a basis of truth and others merely speculation. But nothing will stop fans of the series from spreading their ideas and trying to guess the film's secrets.
The seventh installment in the "Star Wars" franchise takes place 30 years after the events of "Return of the Jedi" and features original cast members reprising their roles, including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, as well as new characters portrayed by Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Adam Driver.
Rey is the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia
Proponents of this theory reference the Extended Universe book series in which Han and Leia get married and have twins, a boy and a girl. Following Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, it was decided that the film sequels would be original stories, but this still hasn't deterred fans from speculating on this rumor.
Director J.J. Abrams also told Entertainment Weekly that the exclusion of last names for both Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) was intentional, which further fuels the fan fire.
During the Star Wars Celebration in April, Ridley revealed that her character is a scavenger currently living on a desert planet named Jakku, but that was about all she could say.
Kylo Ren and Rey are siblings
Following stories established in the Extended Universe, some fans believe that if Rey is Han and Leia's daughter, then Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is her brother, possibly her twin. In the same series, the son does turn to the dark side, while the daughter stays on the light side of the Force.
Abrams also revealed that Kylo Ren isn't the villain's real name. Since we don't know anything about his lineage, there are a number of possibilities.
Darth Vader returns
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Abrams revealed that Kylo Ren is obsessed with Darth Vader, even basing his mask design on that of Vader. "[Ren] is well aware of what’s come before," the director said, "and that’s very much a part of the story of the film.”
This obsession has led some fans to speculate that Kylo Ren is working on a way to bring Darth Vader back, possibly through cloning. Clones are a familiar part of the "Star Wars" universe, so it's a plausible idea, but chances are he's more just inspired by the villain since he does say, "I will finish what you started," in the full trailer.
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