Last week we wrote about a new Duracell commercial that is linked to the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s cute, and actually pretty fun as far as movie product tie-ins go, but didn’t really reveal anything as far as the movie is concerned (you do see C-3PO’s new red arm, however). Or at least we didn’t think so initially, but some fans of that far, far away galaxy are mad and think it contains spoilers.
Just a heads up, we’re going to stray into SPOILER territory beyond this point, so you may want to steer clear.
The commercial, titled "Battle for Christmas Morning," shows two young kids, a brother and sister, doing what many of us did as children, and that is run around pretending to be Jedi Knights battling stormtrooper and the forces of the Empire. It all seems rather innocuous. According to Screen Rant, however, some people claim that the advertisement reveals a key fact about Daisy Ridley’s character Rey.
There has been a lot of talk about the new additions to the franchise and which, if any, of them have an aptitude with the Force. A while back, images of some Star Wars cards surfaced online, one of which indicates that Rey has some skill in that regard, and there have also been rumors that she may be a student or protégé of Luke Skywalker.
We don’t know if any of that is true, but the commercial — which does feature the C-3PO and R2-D2 from The Force Awakens, as well as the updated stormtrooper costumes — shows the sister using the Force to throw a couple of First Order goons around the back yard. She’s very obviously wearing the same outfit that we’ve seen Rey sport on the desert planet Jakku in the trailers, and some have looked at this as confirmation that she does in fact have some Jedi flowing through her veins.
Check out the commercial in question for yourself and see what you think.
Watching it again, it’s entirely possible that’s what this commercial reveals, though it depends on how much stock you want to put in an advertisement. Admittedly, the first time I watched it, I presumed having a brother and a sister was a part of Lucasfilm’s increased emphasis on gender equality and not just marketing to boys anymore, not necessarily a parallel with Rey. (Does that mean the brother is Luke? If so, what does that say about the movie? We could really dive deep down a conspiracy theory rabbit hole here if we wanted—let’s not even get started on the color of the lightsabers.)
To be honest, I suspect that it will in fact be Rey who is strong with the Force, not John Boyega’s Finn, as many think, even though he does wield a lightsaber in the trailers. Like most things with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, however, we won’t know any of this for sure until the movie opens on December 18.