For a while now, we’ve known that Ewan McGregor filmed a short voice cameo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, whispering “these are your first steps” during Rey’s lightsaber-induced freak-out at Maz Kanata’s castle. But the actor finally opened up about it during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week. While it’s nice to hear about the details of his cameo—and a bonus account of how the film crafted a line from the late Sir Alec Guinness into Rey’s name—we’re still in the dark about what the line actually means for the new Jedi on the block.
So it’s time to parse the three major theories about what Ewan’s cameo means, if its placement within the story itself means anything, and how it all factors into the sequel trilogy’s greatest mystery of all: who are Rey’s parents?
Join Jessica Chobot as we break down all three, including one that suggests Rey might be a Kenobi-Skywalker hybrid, on today’s Nerdist News. Plus—Jessica gets a visit from the devil himself, Tom Ellis from Lucifer, which you can watch Monday nights on Fox.
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Let us know in the comments if you think Rey is related to anyone already known in the Star Wars universe, and why you think Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams included this Kenobi line in the film.