This year’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will address one of the most-discussed elements of the new trilogy: who the heck are Rey’s parents? Actress Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, told The USA Today that director JJ Abrams is planning to reveal more details about her parentage in the upcoming film.
“(Director J.J. Abrams) did say the question is answered. So at the end of the film, you do know what the dealio is,” she said.
In The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) told Rey that her parents were no one of significance; they were only “filthy junk traders,” according to Kylo Ren. Ren, who is the movie’s villain, told this to Rey in the middle of a tense, emotional scene where he was directly trying to manipulate her, so many have theorized that he was indeed lying.
Abrams said earlier this year that The Rise of Skywalker aims to offer a satisfying conclusion not only to the new trilogy that began with 2015’s The Force Awakens, but also for the entire “Skywalker Saga” that began in 1977. Part of this is revealing who Rey’s parents are, it seems.
Abrams said he doesn’t want to retcon what director Rian Johnson did in The Last Jedi with Ren telling Rey her parents were nobody, but there is more to the story. “I don’t want to say that what happens in Episode 8 [didn’t happen],” Abrams said. “We have honored that. But I will say that there’s more to the story than you’ve seen.”
Some of the theories about Rey’s parentage include that she is the daughter of Luke Skywalker, a Kenobi, or a descendant of Palpatine, among others.
The Rise of Skywalker releases in theatres in December. In addition to Ridley and Driver, the movie stars John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Mark Hamill as Luke, and Billy Dee Williams as Lando. For more, check out the movie’s first trailer and everything we know about Star Wars Episode IX.