Probably the biggest question coming out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the question of Rey’s parentage. Everybody wants to know where Rey came from and who her family truly is. Most of the theories have been focused around the odds that Rey is related to somebody we already knew from the previous films. But, what if that isn’t quite the case, or at least not entirely? What if Rey’s mother is actually a Star Wars character we haven’t met, yet?

With today’s official introduction of Jyn Erso in to the Star Wars universe via the teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story we have a new candidate for the role of Rey’s mother. Is it possible these two are related? Let’s see what we’ve got to go on.

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The Timing Works, Maybe
According to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary, Rey was born approximately 11 years after the Battle of Endor. Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi takes place four years after the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. This puts Rey’s birth at about 15 years after Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We have no idea how old Jyn Erso is in the film. Felicity Jones, the actress who plays the part is 32, but it’s possible Jyn will be younger. Rey is a few years younger than Daisy Ridley.

Even if Jyn is a younger character this would still put her giving birth later in life, early to mid 40’s we’d say. Less likely, but certainly not impossible. Also, we’re using standard Earth human lifespans and childbearing ages as our gauge here, something that we have to admit might not be valid. This is a galaxy far, far, away after all. Humans there might all live to be 120 and give birth until they’re 70. We don’t actually know otherwise.

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