The idea that Rey could’ve once been a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi was one of the popular theories prior to the sequel trilogy’s release. Fans were curious about which famous family Rey could be a part of thanks to her strong connection to the force. But many audiences were divided when they found out that Rey was a descendant of Emperor Palpatine. How The Rise of Skywalker could have changed if the creatives had taken the Obi-Wan route will be left to speculation now.
Appearing as a guest on the Jimmy Kimmel show, Daisy Ridley has revealed more details about Rey’s parentage in The Rise of Skywalker. Ridley revealed that having Rey be a descendant of Obi-Wan was initially planned, saying:
“At the beginning [Lucasfilm] were toying with an Obi-Wan connection. There were different versions and at one point she was no one.”
According to Ridley, the decisions around which bloodline Rey was a part of changed frequently during pre-production and filming.
It came to Episode IX & JJ pitched me the film and they were like ‘Oh yeah, Palpatine’s grandaddy’ and I was like ‘Awesome’ and then two weeks later he was like ‘Oh we’re not sure…’ So it kept changing. So even as we were filming I wasn’t sure what the answer was going to be.