'Star Wars 9' leak fuels a shocking theory about Rey and Zorri Bliss

It's all starting to make sense...

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Lucasfilm has done everything in its power to keep Zorri Bliss’ identity a secret ahead of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. One month before the movie’s release, we don’t even know if she’s a human or an alien — or do we? A recent leak seems to confirm a major detail about Keri Russel’s new character, and it could provide new evidence for a major theory about Rey’s expanded backstory in Episode IX as well.

Warning: Huge possible spoilers for The Rise of Skywalker below.

As the Episode IX release date nears, you can expect more and more Star Wars toys to appear online, potentially revealing new details about the upcoming movie in the process. The latest culprit is a set of officially licensed The Rise of Skywalker playing cards, with one card showing a front-facing image of Zorri still wearing her helmet but with the vizor removed, revealing a distinctly human face.

Why does this matter? Well, for one thing, it confirms that Zorri Bliss is a human and not an alien, meaning my colleague Corey’s theory about Zorri being Ahsoka in disguise can’t be true. (It’s possible the card-maker could have gotten it wrong, but it’s unlikely the company would create its own photos when Lucasfilm seems be providing the rest of the art.)

More playing cards from the same 'The Rise of Skywalker' set.


More important, if Zorri is human, that means she could be related to another mysterious human character in The Rise of Skywalker: Rey. After all, Rey’s parents are still a big question mark, and even if Episode IX doesn’t undo what we learned in The Last Jedi, it could still expand on her backstory to provide a clearer origin story.

“The parents thing is not satisfied — for her and for the audience,” Daisy Ridley said in a recent interview. “That’s something she’s still trying to figure out — where does she come from? It’s not that she doesn’t believe it, but she feels there’s more to the story. And she needs to figure out what’s come before so she can figure out what to do next…”

Combine that with this latest Episode IX leak and we can’t help but wonder: Is Zorri Bliss actually Rey’s mom?

We’ve been asking this question pretty much ever since we learned Keri Russel would play a role in The Rise of Skywalker. Now that we have new evidence she’s human, the case for her being Rey’s mom just got exponentially higher.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20.

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