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Luke 'doesn't know who Rey is' at beginning of The Last Jedi

Luke has no idea who the brunette holding his lightsaber is–well, when they meet, at least.

In the teaser trailer for The Last Jedi, fans saw (or heard, rather) Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) interact for the first time. By the looks of it, the pair will have a special bond as Luke guides Rey through the mysterious ways of the Jedi and the Force. But it isn't smooth sailing at the start, according to Ridley.

During the annual Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Ridley spoke with Fandango and revealed the unique relationship between Rey and Luke, and how it varies from his former connections to series icons like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda. Ridley explained that their dynamic will be different than what Luke had with his former mentors. "Well, Rey isn't a teacher," Ridley explained. "Yoda and Obi-Wan are very much guiding figures in Luke's life."

Then Ridley spilled a juicy detail: Luke doesn't know who Rey is at the start of The Last Jedi. When Rey first greets Luke on the desolate planet of Ahch-To, with his lightsaber in her hand, Luke is completely confused.

"Obviously, he doesn't even know who she is when she turns up with this freaking lightsaber that he's not seen in however long," said Ridley. "So that in itself is a big difference."

Ridley continued, discussing the expectation Rey has of Luke, how it may not live up to standard, and how it may ultimately affect their dynamic.

"As things go on, I think there's an expectation," Ridley stated. "There's always been an expectation on Luke as to his potential and what he can do and what he should do, much like with Rey. So in that sense, they're kind of similar, but obviously the dynamic has changed because she's expecting something from him this time. It remains to be seen whether, you know, how he reacts to that."

Some fans may view Ridley's comments as hints toward the ever-popular fan theory that Luke is Rey's biological father. Star Wars enthusiasts could see the mention of an "expectation" as allusion to a father-daughter relationship, and how Rey possibly has hopes Luke will be everything a paternal figure should be. On the other hand, Ridley could simply be referring to the Jedi master and Jedi-in-training bond the two will form as Rey learns the ins and outs of the Force.

The truth will (hopefully) come out on December 15, when The Last Jedi is released in theaters. While we wait, find out why the film will blow us all away this winter.