The first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has finally dropped, and here we go again — a new Star Wars movie to anticipate, and new Star Wars footage to obsess over.
While we don't learn a ton of information in this first teaser for Rogue One, we do get a brief introduction of our hero, Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones. What the teaser tells us is that Erso has been on her own since the age of 15 and causing all sorts of problems for the galactic Empire, stealing property, forging documents and taking out stormtroopers.
"I rebel," she says when presented with the crimes she's committed over the years. And she seems like a perfect fit for a rebellion who desperately need help in destroying the Empire's latest weapon, which we now know is called the Death Star.
But who is Jyn Erso, really?
Up until this point the hero in every single Star Wars movie has had some connection to the Skywalker family. Even though we don't know who Rey's (Daisy Ridley) parents are just yet, we know she has a strong connection to Luke's original lightsaber, and thus a connection to Luke himself, with many fans thinking Rey is Luke's daughter.
So let's just go with that for a minute — if Luke is Rey's father, then who is her mother? Could it be Jyn Erso?
It's a theory fans are already talking about, so let's break it down.
If Erso was the one who led the mission to steal those Death Star plans, and Luke was the one who used those plans to destroy the Death Star, then it'd make sense that those two would eventually meet and be celebrated… and then maybe get a little tipsy at an after party where one thing leads to another… and you get the idea.
The problem with that is in the timing. If Luke did hook up with Erso, it would've had to happen following the events of Return of the Jedi, not A New Hope. Since The Force Awakens takes place around 30 years after Return of the Jedi — and since Rey is roughly 19 years old in The Force Awakens — then Rey would've been conceived long after that second Death Star is destroyed, or approximately 11 years after the Battle of Endor.
In order for Jyn to be Rey's mom, then Luke and Jyn would've had to, like, totally stay in touch until well after the Battle of Endor. And that could've happened for all we know. While Erso is not a major character in any of the three original Star Wars movies, Rogue One could explain away her subsequent years in comic books or novels and the like.
Plus, look at the similarities! Both Rey and Jyn have three-letter names, and they're both young women who were left to be on their own at a very early age. They're both tough and fiercely independent, and even the piano cues at the beginning of both the Force Awakens and Rogue One trailers — coupled with shots of Rey and Jyn, respectively — may signal that these two gals are connected.
Disney has said that these stand-alone stories aren't necessarily part of the ongoing trilogy that includes Episodes VII, VIII and IX, but in an age of the cinematic universe, in which every movie in a particular franchise is connected in some way, then you would think a character or subplot or moment in Rogue One will pay off something set up in another movie, be it A New Hope or The Force Awakens… right?
Is Jyn Erso Rey's mom? We'll find out eventually. In the meantime, let's just enjoy the fact that Star Wars has given us yet another badass female heroine to root for.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16.