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Star Wars: Rey was almost Obi-Wan's descendant, says Daisy Ridley

At the beginning of developing the new movies, Lucasfilm was "toying" with an Obi-Wan connection for Rey, Ridley says.

Rey ignites her yellow-bladed lightsaber in the closing moments of The Rise of Skywalker.
Lucasfilm/Screenshot by Sean Keane/CNET

Papa Obi-Wan? Apparently, Rey wasn't always going to be related to Emperor Palpatine as she was revealed to be in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. According to actor Daisy Ridley, her mysterious character was once linked to Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi

During a chat with Josh Gad on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday, Ridley said that, at a point during the development of the Star Wars sequel trilogy films, Rey was in fact going to be a direct descendent to Obi-Wan Kenobi, not Palpatine.

"At the beginning, they were toying with an Obi-Wan connection," Ridley said. "There were different versions and at one point she was no one... it kept changing."

But in the end, the Lucasfilm Story Group scrapped the Rey Kenobi idea. For the first two movies featuring Rey, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, her parentage was a mystery. It wasn't until Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that it was revealed that Rey was connected to Palpatine, instead of the Jedi Master. 

The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novelization revealed that Rey's father was a "not-quite-identical clone" of Palpatine, one of many born as the Sith Eternal cultists tried to create "a cradle for their god-consciousness." The clone was "a useless, powerless failure" from Palpatine's perspective but was allowed to live so he might continue the bloodline naturally. The novelization doesn't reveal anything about Rey's mother. 

When news hit that Rey could have been a Kenobi, fans had plenty to say about what could have been.