‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Star on Rey’s Parents: ‘We Will See in a Year’
While Star Wars: The Force Awakens left us with plenty of unanswered questions, perhaps no question looms as big over the franchise as the lineage of Daisy Ridley’s Rey. Ever since the film was released, fan theories have run wild with the questions of why Rey was abandoned by her parents and how she may have come by her force sensitivity. Is she the daughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi? Is she the daughter of Luke Skywalker? What is the significance of that flashback sequence? Inquiring minds want to know.
And while Ridley might not be willing to let the cat out of the bag, she has hinted that Star Wars: Episode VIII will give us the answers we’ve been looking for. In a recent interview with Vulture (via Heroic Hollywood), Ridley hinted that the next film in the Star Wars franchise will finally share the story of Rey:
We will see in a year. Just sit tight on that question.
So there you have it. Either the untitled next Star Wars film will answer the question of Rey’s parentage, or Daisy Ridley owes one to the collective Star Wars fan base. While the actress was tight-lipped about the fan theories and rumors out there, she did weigh in and suggest that she probably is not the daughter of Felicity Jones’ character from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This is because she can do basic math:
I mean, I think historically it wouldn’t work, because she is … Darth Vader is there … so she would ultimately be my great-grandma; no, she would be my grandma.
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was first released, our own Matt Singer made a compelling argument as to why Rey as Luke Skywalker’s daughter would be something of a disappointment. “I’m also not sure I want to find out Rey is a Skywalker,” Singer wrote, “because it would basically mean all our favorite heroes from this franchise are deadbeat parents.” Sure, it’s sort of a joke, but think about it: The Force Awakens was all about bringing together two different Star Wars audiences and passing the baton to a younger generation. There’s a powerful story to be told using Kylo Ren and Rey about the failings of our parents, but I’m not sure that Disney — and these movies — are interested in souring our connection to the original Star Wars characters.
Either way, we’ll find out with the rest of the world on December 15, 2017. May the Force be with us all in these trying rumor-filled times.