Did Star Wars' Adam Driver just accidentally reveal the identity of Rey's parents?

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Oct 30, 2017

One of the most pressing questions to be answered in Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is "WHO THE HECK ARE REY'S PARENTS?!", closely followed by "Who is Supreme Leader Snoke?" and "Will the Porgs live up to the immense hype around them?" But more importantly, fans of the galaxy far, far away want to know who would be mean enough to simply abandon Daisy Ridley's character on Jakku all those years ago.

Well, about that ...The mystery may not have to wait until the film's released on December 13 in order to be answered.

In a recent interview with GQ, Adam Driver (Sith lord and First Order member Kylo Ren) said something interesting.

"I remember the initial conversations about having things 'skinned,' peeling away layers to evolve into other people, and the person Kylo's pretending to be on the outside is not who he is," Driver told the magazine. "He's a vulnerable kid who doesn't know where to put his energy, but when he puts his mask on, suddenly he's playing a role. J.J. had that idea initially, and I think Rian took it to the next level."

And here's where it gets even more interesting, folks:

"You have, also, the hidden identity of this princess who's hiding who she really is so she can survive and Kylo Ren and her hiding behind these artifices."

So Rey has royal origins, eh? Let that sink in, because, if true, that means that, counter to popular theories, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), her mentor and trainer, is not her father after all. Still, Driver's statement, however illuminating, creates more questions than it answers. 

Are her parents some king and queen presiding over some unknown throne in a kingdom somewhere in the galaxy? If so, why abandon their daughter on a desolate desert planet? Was it for own protection when she started to show signs of being powerful in the Force? Did they want to hide her from the First Order? Or could she be Leia's long-lost daughter? It wouldn't explain why Leia didn't seem to know her in The Force Awakens, but hey, it's obviously an option.

It's also interesting because this would make Rey the second main princess of the franchise, after Carrie Fisher's Leia. A Jedi princess? It's like Luke and his sister were to go through Jeff Goldblum's matter transporter and morph into one being.

Needless to say, December can't get here soon enough!