With just 40 days to go until the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, fans have had a sweet treat with the arrival of the Asian trailer for the film.
Released on YouTube earlier this afternoon, the latest sneak peak is jam-packed with previously unseen footage – but could it confirm that Rey and Kylo Ren are in fact members of the Skywalker family?
Let’s start at the very beginning shall we?
The idea that Rey is a Skywalker/Solo isn’t a new one, especially when you consider her appearance in the opening seconds of the most recent worldwide trailer, released just a few weeks ago. An homage to Princess Leia? Check.
Today’s new trailer sees her chatting with new pal BB-8 (who sounds rather like Luke’s old friend R2-D2) when she answers one of his unintelligible droid speak questions with “I know all about waiting”.
BB-8 hums a little question in response (we speak droid now), to which Rey replies “my family”.
Decent evidence that Rey’s family is going to play a MASSIVE role in this movie? Yes. Yes we do think so.
And given that executive producer Kathleen Kennedy told The Costco Connection that the saga films (that’s the Episodes with lovely Roman Numerals) focus on the Skywalker family, we’ll do a Paddy Ashdown and eat our hats if Rey’s family don’t turn out to be the Skywalkers. *begins cautionary search for edible headgear*
Our second hint concerns one Kylo Ren, who we’ve already pinned down as a possible Jacen Solo-esque character, and possible twin brother to Rey. See 7 pieces of evidence that suggest Star Wars’ Rey and Kylo Ren are actually the Solo twins for all your evidential needs.
A case of Solo sibling rivalry? Plenty of brothers and sisters have created similar scenes with toy lightsabers. Don’t try this one at home please kids.
We’ve previously seen him promising to finish what potential grandad Darth Vader started, but in the new trailer he promises the charred helmet that he will “fulfill our destiny”. Cast your mind back to the prequels and you’ll remember Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson in his pre-Taken days) deciding that the young Anakin Skywalker was the boy who’d bring balance to the force.
For a while we thought it was Anakin’s son Luke who’d bring the balance, but you could argue it was indeed Anakin who tipped the scales by finishing Palpatine off. Then again, could he have done that if Luke hadn’t restored his faith?
Either way, with the resurgence of the Sith and Jedi planned for Force Awakens, it seems as though someone needs to sort those midi-chlorian scales again. And who better to do that than next generation Skywalker Kylo Ren?
Even if he believes the only way to do it is by force. Just like Jacen Solo did. But we’ve already told you we think he’s basically Jacen Solo a billion times already. Right here.
And finally, sticking with that family destiny theory, remember that time Obi Wan told Yoda the boy (Luke) was their only hope? And Yoda said “there is another”.
Many presumed that he was hinting Leia could be the key to restoring balance, but what if it was actually Leia’s CHILD that would do the balancing?
“Hope is not lost today”, Lupita Nyng’o says in her best Maz Kanata voice as the trailer closes with scenes of a crying Rey, “it is found”.
Is Rey, like Luke Skywalker before her, the new hope for the galaxy?
We’ll have to wait until December to find out for sure but we’ve got a good feeling about this, and quite frankly find your lack of faith disturbing.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens opens in UK cinemas on December 17th