In an interview with Costco Connection, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said, “The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family,” and went on to add, “The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. The Force Awakens follows Return of the Jedi and continues that generational story.”
The keyword here is “generational.” Director J.J. Abrams previously revealed that they’re deliberately keeping the last names of Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) a secret for the time being. In addition, we recently learned that Adam Driver’s villain wasn’t born with the name Kylo Ren, but adopted it later.
The most recent teaser featured Finn wielding a lightsaber, but if the rumors we’ve heard are true, that was likely a bit of misdirection. And if Rey isn’t the daughter of Leia and Han Solo, then it would be pretty wild if Kylo Ren is actually a Skywalker who turned bad — and it wouldn’t be the first time that family has had issues.