She’s described on the official Star Wars site as a “resilient survivor, a scavenger toughened by a lifetime of dealing with the cutthroats of the harsh desert world of Jakku”. But surely there’s something more to this ambitious, staff-wielding young woman? A figure who appears to be a masked Rey is seen exploring a giant space structure in the trailer’s opening seconds, which surely puts her front and centre for Abrams’s movie.
We also see her looking up at the skies as a spacecraft takes off for another planet, much as Skywalker once did in 1977’s Star Wars. And it’s hard to believe she’s really “no one”, as Rey tells an unseen figure. When a voice suggests: “The Force … it’s calling to you”, it seems likely that Ridley’s character is being addressed, even if John Boyega’s Finn is the one seen wielding a natty blue lightsaber.