Daisy Ridley reveals shocking ‘Star Wars’ alternate plot line about Rey's family history

On Tuesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, actress Daisy Ridley shocked fans with new information about her Star Wars character Rey Skywalker’s family lineage. In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker it is revealed that Rey is Emperor Palpatine’s granddaughter but Ridley said that wasn’t always the case.

“At the beginning they were toying with an Obi-Wan connection,” said Ridley. “There were different versions, and then it really went to that she was no one.”

In fact, Daisy wasn’t sure whose family Rey belonged to until the end of production. “Even while we were filming I wasn't sure what the answer was going to be,” she said. “It kept changing.”

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The new information received mixed reactions from fans and caused “Rey Kenobi” to become a trending topic on Twitter.

While many fans used social media to theorise how the plot would have been different based on this new information, fill-in host Josh Gad went right to the source. He asked Ridley if his Frozen character Olaf was ever considered to be part of Rey’s family tree.

“I think Olaf was,” said Ridley. “Just a galaxy far, far away. He was in a different time. It was a darker time.”

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights on ABC.