Star Wars 7: is Daisy Ridley's character really Han Solo's daughter?
Ridley's clue about the lineage of her character may be a red herring, Star Wars watchers say
With just months to go before Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens opens in British cinemas, rumours have been growing that Daisy Ridley's hints about the parentage of her on-screen character, Rey, may have been an elaborate ruse designed to throw the film's avid fans off the scent.
Warning possible spoilers ahead
In an interview on Japanese TV in March, the British star appeared to drop a major hint that her character in Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens will be the daughter of Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford.
When asked about her character in the film, Ridley replied: "I'm not sure how much I can say. I guess because I have said that I am 'solitary', that's how I begin – that is probably a big clue as to what it is."
Many fans took the actress's comments as a confirmation that Rey is the daughter of returning character Han. But now the consensus on the matter appears to be weakening as "well-regarded" sources speculate that Rey may have no genetic connection to Solo whatsoever.
Fan site MakingStarWars.net talked to some of its "most reliable sources" about their views on the matter. One said that in his view "None of the heroes – the kids – are Solos or Skywalkers." Another agreed: "she is not a Solo."
Jason Ward, the editor of MakingStarWars.net, says that he believes it is still possible that Rey will turn out to be Solo's daughter, but that the next film may not answer the question.
"If anything I think this could be a reminder that VII is about setting up plot threads more than finishing them," Ward says. "It is the first film in a trilogy and there might be some outliers and big 'historical' story points saved for the follow-ups."
Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens will be released worldwide on 18 December.