Star Wars: J.J. Abrams Knows Rey's True Parents

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Warning: The following post contains Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoilers.

One of the questions we hope Star Wars: Episode VIII will answer is "Who exactly is Rey?"

As we learned in, Rey (Daisy Ridley) was abandoned as a child on the desert planet Jakku, and is quite powerful in the ways of the Force. Her skill raises the question of whether she could be related to another familiar face from the original trilogy.


Most fans probably think that Rey is actually a Skywalker, pointing to the moment when Rey was drawn to the lightsaber that belonged to Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker before winding up in her possession. Another theory claims that Rey could be a relative to Obi-Wan Kenobi. You can watch the video that explains that theory here. A Star Wars videogame also revealed a clue that fuels this theory.

So how much does director J.J. Abrams know about Rey's true identity?

"I know quite a bit," he told reporters at the Television Critics Association's press tour on Tuesday. But Abrams wouldn't spill it out before the release of Episode VIII, which will be directed by Rian Johnson.

"Obviously it's not for me to talk about in this moment because this is Rian's story to continue now. The last thing I'm going to do is reveal something that he would be upset about. I want to make sure that Rian gets the courtesy that he showed me."

With that said, Abrams is just as excited about the sequel as fans are, "My enthusiasm for Episode VIII is enormous," he said. "I'm very much excited for and very jealous of anyone, especially Rian, who gets to work so closely with this extraordinary cast and crew, truly an amazing group. In that regard for sure, but I'm also relieved to have gotten a chance to do a Star Wars movie."

Star Wars: Episode VIII will be released on May 26, 2017. You can read about the suprising Episode VIII hint here.