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Actor Macdiarmid poses for photographers at the UK premiere of the Star Wars film Revenge of the Sith in London. Actor Ian Macdiarmid, who plays Chancellor Palpatine, gestures as he arrives for the UK premiere of the Star Wars film Revenge of the Sith in London's Leicester Square May 16, 2005. Reuters/Kieran Doherty

A new fan theory about what we might see in “Star Wars: Episode 8” has gained popularity due to some pretty convincing evidence. The theory talks about how Emperor Palpatine’s granddaughter will emerge as an important figure as the story continues.

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Explaining the theory that is “taking the internet by storm,” Vincent Vendetta talks about how Rey (Daisy Ridley) could be Emperor Palpatine’s granddaughter, in a video posted on YouTube. The first evidence he provides is the fighting style of the young woman. Her use of the lightsaber bears striking resemblance to the one used by the late Emperor.

Fans of the franchise who have explored the books and the other material know that there are different forms of lightsaber combat. Styles like Shii-Cho, Makashi, Way of the Mynock, Ataru, Shien, Niman and Vaapad have all been used effectively by the Jedi in their battles.

The fan theory points out how Rey instinctively used a thrusting style of combat, while fighting against Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in “The Force Awakens.” The same style was used by Palpatine when the Jedi went to his office to arrest him.

The video goes on to show how there is a pull to the dark side of The Force for Rey in “The Force Awakens.” The most interesting evidence, among others, is the way she paces after striking down Kylo Ren in a duel. It should be noted that Darth Maul also paced in his duel against Qui Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), while his opponent meditated.

For those who are expecting Rey to turn out to be Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill) daughter, the theory points out that so many people are expecting this and it has reached a point when such a revelation would not be a surprise, and in fact it could just be boring.

Another evidence is that Rey has an English accent, just like Palpatine. The theory also points out how Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) wants Kylo Ren to bring Rey to him, something that they might attempt to do in “Star Wars: Episode 8.”