Rey, Star Wars Lead Character and Galactic Warrior

Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (image from starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Rey)

Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (image from starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Rey)

Rey is the lead character from Star Wars: The Force Awakensthe seventh film in the Star Wars series. The 19-year-old is (currently) of unknown parentage, but shows powerful Jedi traits: at one point she picks up a lightsaber and is able to use it without training. She's a skilled fighter, she's independent, and she - shock, horror - doesn't need rescuing!

Rey is introduced as a scavenger who was left behind on the desert planet Jakku, making a living from collecting old ship parts. After rescuing a droid in distress and encountering a runaway stormtrooper, she's attacked by First Order troops and steals the Millennium Falcon ship to escape the planet, soon meeting Han Solo and Chewbacca.

Despite being the main character in the film and a strong warrior figure, Rey was excluded from much of the film's merchandising, resulting in a #WheresRey hashtag campaign on Twitter. For example, Hasbro didn't include her on its Monopoly board of Force Awakens characters. Hasbro claimed they hadn't wanted to reveal spoilers about her character, but the head of Lucasfilm admitted they had underestimated the interest Rey's character would generate. Director JJ Abrams called her initial exclusion from the bulk of merchandising "preposterous and wrong".

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Sources: Wikipedia, Wookeepedia