After teasing in the first two sequel trilogy films that Rey's parents were nobodies, J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker revealed that Daisy Ridley's character was in fact, the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine. But before it was decided that Rey was related to the villainous Sidious, she was actually set to have some sort of connection to Obi-Wan himself.
In a recent interview with Josh Gad on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ridley was asked if she knew the truth behind Rey's lineage from the very beginning. "No, at the beginning they were toying with an Obi-Wan connection," she said. "There were different versions and at one point she was no one."
"And then it came to Episode IX, and JJ pitched me the film and was like, ‘Oh yeah, Palpatine is grand daddy,'" Ridley continued. "And I was like, ‘Awesome.' And then two weeks later he was like, ‘Or we're not sure.'"
The actress pointed out that it kept changing throughout production, and that she wasn't "sure" what the answer about her parentage was actually going to be. Rey being the Emperor's granddaughter was certainly a surprise and this reveal was met with a mixed response from the fans.
Based on Ridley's comments, it comes to no surprise that Rey's arc resulted in somewhat of a convoluted story, essentially leaving viewers with more questions other than answers about the character. That said, the idea of Rey being connected to Kenobi isn't exactly something new, as it was a popular theory on the heels of The Force Awakens' release.
As for Obi-Wan, the character will make his way in an upcoming Disney+ series to be played once again by Ewan McGregor.