Will 'The Last Jedi' Introduce a New Skywalker Family Member?


Questions abound about a whole mess of plot details regarding Rian Johnson’s upcoming Star Wars episode, The Last Jedi. Who is the last Jedi? Who are Rey’s parents? How did Phasma survive being thrown into a trash compactor in The Force Awakens? But still, one question remains: Is it any good? CEO Bob Iger gave his reaction to seeing the new film during a Disney earnings call, and might have given some insight into the continuing Skywalker heritage question.

During the call, Iger reportedly said The Last Jedi is “a great next chapter in the iconic Skywalker family saga.” On the surface this is a completely banal comment from a multi-millionaire CEO during a call about much more important matters. But since this is Star Wars we can’t help but speculate, especially that “Skywalker family” bit.

Him signaling the Skywalker family as the focal point might just refer to the fact that all of the Star Wars episodes so far have been about the Skywalkers, but it still whets the appetite for all the Rey-is-a-Skywalker truthers out there. The character’s parentage has been a point of debate since The Force Awakens was released in 2015, and this is just more fuel for the fire.

But recent fan theories suggest that Rey isn’t a Skywalker. Instead, the theory goes that she’s the granddaughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi. If this is true, Benicio del Toro’s would have to play Rebels character Ezra Bridger, who conceives Rey with Rebels character Sabine Wren, whose mother might be Clone Wars character Satine, who shacked up with a lonely Obi-Wan.

Depending on your reading of Iger’s comments, the del Toro theory is bunk and Rey is a straight up Skywalker. But is she the last Jedi? Probably not.

Either way, we’ll find out soon enough when The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15 — but Bob Iger has seen it already.

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