One question that J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” established was that of “who are the parents of Rey (Daisy Ridley)?”. We know they abandoned her at a young age, that Force powers flow down family lines, and that this franchise loves to use its character’s lineage as a story point.
This has naturally led to plenty of speculation, with Mark Hamill’s Luke often being cited as a possibility. Well according to both director Rian Johnson and star Daisy Ridley, the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will answer that question – but it won’t be as important as you think.
Johnson tells EW because Rey is so determined to find out, the story of the new film will take us to a place where she will get closure of some sort:
“To me, it’s important insofar as it’s important to her. And I think it’s important to her in terms of what is her place in all of this? What’s going to define her in this story? She was told in the last movie that the answer’s not in the past; it’s looking forward. But she’s showing up on this island to talk to this hero from the past.
You can be told [‘the answer’s not in the past’], but I think she still has a lingering hope that she’s going to find the thing that’s going to say: This is where you belong. This is where you are. I think she still holds onto the thought that where she comes from will help define where she’s going.”
Ridley says Rey will ultimately find the answer, and then discover it doesn’t matter that much and won’t change who she is:
“You can always look for answers and that doesn’t mean that the rest of your life is so easy. It’s not like, oh, I know who my parents are so now everything falls into shape, especially in the Star Wars world. Yes, it would potentially change her mind, or at least give her a little bit more peace in moving forward. But ultimately what’s coming is coming, and whatever abilities she has are there. So, personally, I think it’s less important than even she may think.”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in December.