14 Aug 2017 12:39 PM +00:00 UTC

Rian Johnson Confirms That Rey’s Parentage Will Be Revealed In The Last Jedi

Rey's (Daisy Ridley) parentage is one of the many mysteries of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and knowing how highly the Skywalker saga thinks of family, many fans are hoping that the young Jakku orphan's lineage is finally revealed in Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

There have been a lot of questions surrounding Rey's background ever since she first appeared in J.J. Abrams The Force Awakens, and fans have been hoping that The Last Jedi would settle the bet on whether the Force sensitive orphan is actually the daughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), or someone entirely else.

Speaking in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Johnson confirms that the mystery surrounding Rey's identity will be revealed in The Last Jedi saying that despite the fact that she's pushing forward, she's still hoping to find someone to tell her more about her past.


"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."

However, though her parentage is definitely going to be uncovered in The Last Jedi, Ridley says that the big reveal won't necessarily affect her character's journey as much.

"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."

She makes a good point – things got even more complicated for Luke after he learned that Vader was his father in The Empire Strikes Back. Not only did he lose his hand, the revelation also added to the conflict of the original trilogy.

New questions are bound to come up after Rey learns about her origin, like why was she left behind, and why did no one ever come back for her?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits cinemas December 15, 2017.

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