Almost two weeks ago, The Star Wars Universe erupted in euphoria as the first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story debuted on Good Morning America. While most of the Star Wars faithful were basking in the glow of AT-AT’s attacking on a beach, one part of the trailer stuck out to me: Felicity Jones. Jones portrays Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and as I watch the trailer something seemed very familiar. Could it be? Could the Answer to the biggest question in Star Wars: The Force Awakens be staring right at us? Is Jyn Erso Rey’s Mother?
The Math Works-
According to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary, 11 years after the Battle Of Endor, Rey was born. Remember that Return Of The Jedi takes place four years after Star Wars: A New Hope. That would be a 15-year time span between the events of Rogue One and the birth of Rey.
It’s not unreasonable to assume the 32-year-old Felicity Jones is portraying a younger Jyn Erso. Carrie Fisher portrayed someone who was younger as is Daisy Ridley (Rey), so why couldn’t Felicity Jones’s character be younger than her actual age?
If this is the case and Jyn Erso is younger than Jones’s age, could she have been one of the only survivors of that critical mission for the alliance who then went into hiding?
What about that whole force thing?
The only detail that is certain about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is that the story is not about any Jedi. The story is supposed to center around a group of ordinary people doing something extraordinary. So that all but eliminates Jyn then… right? Wrong. What about her father? Who’s to say that her mother does not fall in love with a Jedi or someone with force tendencies?
The Star Wars Universe is built on similarities. Luke Skywalker looks very similar to a young Anakin. Ben Solo/Kylo Ren does have a strong resemblance to a young Harrison Ford. It’s hard to ignore something this obvious especially when the universe is riddled with these examples. Rey and Jyn Erso not only have the same hair color but similar eyes as well. The accents are nearly identical, and both seem to have a rebellious streak to them. It all matches up there.
Hypothesizing that there is a family connection between Jyn and Rey is very reasonable. Star Wars was at the forefront of introducing the “shared universe” to moviegoers. If you think about it, the universe is vast, yet everyone in the Star Wars universe is interconnected in some way. Star Wars is a family story connecting both the past and the present. Can we just dismiss the notion that now that is not the case?
Why now –
If Jyn Erso is indeed Rey’s mother, then why introduce her now? Knowing Rey’s origins could be key to understanding her journey going into Episode VIII and IX. It will not surprise me if the big surprise is not who her mother is but who her father is? Could her father not be a Jedi but someone who’s dark? Wouldn’t that be a twist we did not see coming?