Rey sitting amongst the remains of a derelict AT-AT

Rey grew up on Jakku, eking out a life as a scavenger and hoping that one day whoever had left her on the barren desert world would return. She learned how to survive, becoming a gifted mechanic, pilot and warrior. But she seemed destined to live out her days on a forlorn backwater world, ignorant of the larger galaxy and its perils and possibilities.

Rey and Finn being pursued by First Order Stormtroopers on Jakku

Rey’s life changed when she encountered BB-8, a Resistance astromech carrying a star chart offering a clue to the location of the long-lost Jedi master Luke Skywalker. Rey and the renegade stormtrooper Finn forged an unlikely friendship, escaping Jakku and finding themselves caught in a galactic war – with both of their destinies shaped by the awakened power of the Force.

Rey igniting the Skywalker lightsaber on Starkiller Base

On Takodana, Skywalker’s lightsaber called to Rey, who experienced a Force vision. She rejected this call to destiny, but was captured by the dark side warrior Kylo Ren, with whom she shared a strange connection. Kylo took Rey to Starkiller Base, where he tried to understand her rapidly growing powers. With Finn in peril, she escaped and took up Skywalker’s lightsaber – and the quest to find the Jedi master.

An aged Luke Skywalker holding his father's lightsaber on Ahch-To

Rey found Luke on the lost world Ahch-To, but the meeting wasn’t what she had hoped. Luke had exiled himself and refused to teach Rey, insisting that it was time for the Jedi Order to end. Rey stubbornly refused to leave, and eventually Luke agreed to teach her three lessons that would convince her he had made the right decision.

Under Luke’s tutelage, Rey learned to feel the Force around her and understand her connection to it. But as her powers grew, her connection with Kylo strengthened as well – and Rey became certain that their fates were somehow intertwined.

Rey using the Force to lift many heavy boulders

When Luke refused to leave Ahch-To, Rey sought out Kylo, hoping he would turn from the dark side. They joined forces to defeat Supreme Leader Snoke, but Kylo tried to convince Rey to join him in creating a new galactic order. Disillusioned, Rey turned her back on Kylo, using her Force powers to save the Resistance on Crait.