The first Rogue One trailer arrived last week, and boy did it get everyone talking. You had your MRA-types melting down over yet another movie with a female lead (rage, rage against the dying of the light). You had your true believers melting down over how great the film looked. You had Ben Mendelsohn uber-fans melting down over the greatest cape ever to appear in a Star Wars movie (that's right: I'm giving Mendelsohn's cape the edge over Lando's. Fight me). And of course, you had your fan theorists, doing what they do best.
The big theory surrounding the Rogue One trailer was that Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) might actually be the mother of Rey (Daisy Ridley). Devin explained why this probably wasn't the case here, but let's say you're still not convinced. Well, Daisy Ridley would like to have a word with you:
"I’m not being funny, you guys, but just because she’s white and got brown hair … it doesn’t mean she’s my mom.”
Yes: that's Daisy Ridley in a new interview with MTV, straight dropping the mic on those Jyn-is-Rey's-mom claims. I'm sure someone will point out that Ridley doesn't technically deny the link in the quote above, but come on. Ridley goes on to add:
"I think the amazing thing about [The Force Awakens] is that Finn and Rey don’t come from anywhere, and they find a place. So to me, it’s funny that people think it’s so important, because I don’t really think it is.”
To be fair (and as Devin already pointed out), the Star Wars movies have conditioned us to expect all kinds of familial ties between characters, so it's somewhat understandable that people would make that leap. It'll be far less understandable if they continue banging this drum despite being assured that they're wrong.
Here's hoping everyone's willing to put this particular theory to bed. Sooner we do that, the sooner we can all go back to talking about Mendelsohn's cape game.