Kevin Smith, famed director of Clerks and a cardinal saint of Geekdom, wrote to JJ Abrams regarding a fan theory that predicts Keri Russel will be not only to be Rey’s mother but also Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels.
Ahsoka is a darling of the Star Wars franchise and ever since her introduction back in 2008 on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, fans have been very vocal about including her in a proper Star Wars movie. And one fan in attendance of a live taping of Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast gave her an entryway that was so perfect, Kevin Smith had to tell J.J. Abrams immediately.
The fan’s name is Comedy Dynamics CEO Brian Volk-Weiss and his idea, as retold by Kevin Smith, was to have Keri Russell unannounced character to be revealed to be Ahsoka and to then have her be revealed as Rey’s mother. Smith goes onto say that this was an excellent idea and would more so give the universe another strong, female character to fill the void left behind by Carrie Fisher. As Smith says:
“Because now that they don’t have Princess Leia stories to tell, they need another strong female character in the universe and Ahsoka’s been there for years, much beloved, just isn’t in the movies… I was like, ‘I think maybe they’re doing that so they can slowly bring her into the movies.’ And then Brian [Volk–Weiss] blows my f-ckin’ mind by going, ‘Maybe that’s who Keri Russel’s playing?’ and then I said, ‘What the f-ck, man?! I wanna see your version of Star Wars!’ Then I was like, ‘No, that can’t be it, I think Keri Russell probably plays Rey’s mom,’ and then he f-ckin’ drops the bomb and he goes, ‘What if it’s the same person?'”
That is a rather interesting idea. Smith then took the idea up the current governor of a galaxy far, far away, J.J. Abrams and wrote to him about the idea:
“So, instantly, I wrote to JJ Abrams, ‘You must do this.’ Could you imagine? That would be f-ckin’ wild…I don’t think it is, but that was one of the greatest fan theories I’ve ever heard about. Wouldn’t that be hot? Not only is Ahsoka in these movies but she’s f-ckin’ Rey’s mom”
Honestly, that idea is so good it may be true. Granted it’s a long shot and the movies generally don’t take their cues from the television branch of the franchise but, then again, the movies have already mined ideas from the extended universe books. It may come to pass.
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Source: Fatman on Batman