Kevin Smith has a theory about how Rey's parents could fit into Star Wars: Episode IX, but it simply cannot be true. After The Force Awakens came out in 2015, fans endlessly speculated about the young scavenger's heritage, wondering what answers The Last Jedi would hold. At a crucial moment in Episode VIII, the audience learned that Rey's parents were two nobodies; degenerate drunks who sold their daughter off so they would have some extra drinking money. According to Kylo Ren, these nameless, faceless individuals were buried in a pauper's grave on Jakku - seemingly resolving the issue once and for all.
While some praised this choice for being the change Star Wars needed in order to thrive in the future, others were highly displeased. For years, people assumed Rey was a descendant of Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, or even Emperor Palpatine, so it was arguably anti-climactic to hear her family wasn't important. Even though it's highly unlikely Episode IX addresses this matter further, fans keep trying to uncover the identities of Rey's parents. Smith has an idea he thought was so great, he actually contacted J.J. Abrams about it.
On an episode of his podcast Fatman on Batman, Smith detailed a conversation he had with Brian Volk-Weiss about the recently announced Clone Wars revival. Smith felt it could be a way to gradually integrate the character of Ahsoka Tano into the live-action films, giving the movies another strong female presence. Volk-Weiss went one step further, theorizing Keri Russell could be portraying Ahsoka in Episode IX. When Smith said he thought Russell was Rey's mom, Volk-Weiss asked why they couldn't be the same. Essentially, the theory is that Ahsoka is Rey's mom.
Even Smith himself pointed out the absurdity of it, saying "I don't think it is," and odds are on this theory being untrue. Obviously, Rey and Ahsoka are two different species; the former is a human, while the latter is a Togruta. While it's certainly possible some characters in the Star Wars franchise could be a child of two species, Rey would likely have traces of alien DNA (including subtle Togruta features) if she came from a non-human parent. There's also a matter of the franchise timeline. Ahsoka's whereabouts post-original trilogy are largely unknown, as Rebels ended with her embarking on a mission to locate Ezra Bridger (who had gone somewhere in hyperspace at the conclusion of the show). There's yet to be any confirmation Ahsoka is even alive at the time Rey was born (which was 11 years after the Battle of Endor).
More importantly, doing a retcon such as this would betray one of the core messages of The Last Jedi - that a hero can come from anywhere. And even though Episode VIII proved to be extremely divisive, Abrams already confirmed he would not let any backlash influence his storytelling on Star Wars 9. In fact, he submitted his pitch to Disney as Last Jedi was opening in theaters, so he couldn't even consider the responses while he wrote the script. And besides, it rarely works out for franchises when they get reactionary and try to placate some vocal dissenters. For better or worse, the question of Rey's parentage has been resolved, and viewers would be best served to move on.
Source: Fatman on Batman
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019