J.J. Abrams drops some intriguing intel about Rey's parentage in Star Wars

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Apr 18, 2016, 11:22 AM EDT

Though the story was all about finding Luke Skywalker, one of the big mysteries still lingering from Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the parentage of new star Rey (Daisy Ridley). Well, director J.J. Abrams just opened up a can of worms on that front.

While speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival, Abrams said he (not surprisingly) knows “quite a bit” about the character’s family tree. During a Q&A session, Abrams said "Rey's parents are not in Episode VII. So I can't possibly say in this moment who they are. But I will say it is something that Rey thinks about, too.” Whoa. Yeah.

Not long after he made the statement, however, Abrams walked it back in a follow-up with Entertainment Weekly, saying: “What I meant was that she doesn’t discover them in Episode VII. Not that they may not already be in her world.” Which, sure maybe he misspoke (though his exact, initial quote does seem pretty clear), or maybe he’s just trying not to step on Episode VIII director Rian Johnson’s toes in regard to the eventual reveal.

So let’s unpack this for a minute: If true, this tidbit would shoot down many of the most popular fan theories out there in regard to Rey’s parentage, i.e. Luke’s daughter, Leia’s daughter, etc. (though my money is still on a Kenobi connection!). Which, sure, it’s always been possible that Disney is setting this trilogy up in a way that it doesn’t just criss-cross back in all over the Skywalker family. Honestly, it’d be kind of refreshing if they didn't go the most obvious route with this one.

What do you think? Who are Rey’s parents?


(Via The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly)