I'm surprised no one has created this thread. The recent possible revelation that the story will include an orphan girl is potentially the biggest ST story news we've received to date. Especially when we consider that Anakin and Luke were both fatherless. Well, Anakin quite literally and Luke raised by an Aunt and Uncle. It doesn't take a genius to extrapolate upon the idea. I'm speculating that the orphan may be a Skywalker descendant. In what way I'm not sure. But I would assume that this person is a relative of Luke and Leia, but all are unaware. There are plenty of examples in literature to support this idea. From Sophocles' play on 'Oedipus Rex' to Dickens 'Oliver Twist' and 'David Copperfield, right up to 'Harry Potter' himself. Some of the greatest protagonists in the history of literature have been orphans unaware of their paternity. As you may know I've discussed the importance of Plagueis as the Uber-Villain of the Star Wars Saga. @I Are The Internets recently wished that his name had never been brought up in the PT. I suppose it's time to discuss something else, though not entirely unrelated to that Sith fellow. Since our 'orphan' has been announced I've been pondering on perhaps the greatest unknown question in the entire STAR WARS SAGA. Who are the Skywalkers? In The Phantom Menace we are introduced to Anakin and Shmi Skywalker. Two slaves who were owned by Gardulla the Hutt, brought to Tatooine when Anakin was four and lost in a bet to Watto (the Fred Sanford of Mos Espa). When Qui-Gon reports to Obi-Wan 'There's something about this boy", he looks back at Shmi in the doorway. She offers no explanation but her countenance is one of foreboding. As I recall, she is concerned about Anakin's pod-racing and perhaps the notion of their possible separation. The very next scene transitions to Darth Maul. A very deliberate edit (some of that art I hope Abrams is able to mime). Knowing that Lucas does nothing without a reason promotes speculation. Why that cut and that scene? Does Shmi know something? How did she come to be a slave and give birth immaculately? Who are the Skywalkers? As the story moves forward in the narrative, let it explore the past. Fill it in. Improve the story by enriching the newly added characters and material with new and profound connections to the past. In this way a new synthesis is created. Who are the Skywalkers? Perhaps our orphan can fill us in on the matter. Thoughts? BTW - I know the casting call stated all ethnicities, but that may also be an attempt to throw us off the scent. In the end we'll see. For now, let's speculate.