Abrams Talks Rey’s “Star Wars” Parentage

Since the premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” there’s been much talk about the parentage of Daisy Ridley’s Rey character – the young woman abandoned by her parents who were not seen on screen other than the back of their spaceship soaring away from Jakku in a vision.

Although the mystery of who Rey’s parents might be has inspired quite a few fan theories, J.J. Abrams made an announcement at the Tribeca Film Festival last week that seem to cut down that speculation when he told Heat Vision: “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.”

Very quickly after that, Abrams clarified his remarks to EW, saying he was taken to literally: “What I meant was that she doesn’t discover them in ‘Episode VII’. Not that they may not already be in her world.” Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will continue the storylines introduced in ‘Force Awakens’, but it’s unclear if the ‘reveal’ will take place in the next film.

Abrams spoke a bit more about his time on ‘Force Awakens’ at the fest, telling IGN that the main complaint people had about the film – that it was almost a direct remake of the first film – was valid as it was a deliberate decision:

“[‘The Force Awakens’] was a bridge and a kind of reminder; the audience needed to be reminded what ‘Star Wars’ is, but it needed to be established with something familiar, with a sense of where we are going to new lands, which is very much what 8 and 9 do. The weird thing about that movie is that it had been so long since the last one. Obviously the prequels had existed in between and we wanted to, sort of, reclaim the story. So we very consciously – and I know it is derided for this – we very consciously tried to borrow familiar beats so the rest of the movie could hang on something that we knew was ‘Star Wars.'”

Speaking of ‘Force,’ io9 has a detailed breakdown of the one shot comic “C-3PO #1” which explains the answer behind the character’s red arm in ‘Force’ – turns out it’s a tribute to a fallen droid who made the ultimate sacrifice. Don’t expect said story to end up on the big screen though.

Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars” film is currently filming and is scheduled for a December 2017 release.