Will Star Wars: The Last Jedi Confirm Who Rey’s Parents are?

Warning: Could Contains spoilers!

When Rey (Daisy Ridley) delivers a lightsaber to Luke Skywalker at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (the rocky, remote planet was Ahch-To), speculation quickly rose about the orphan’s origins. Was Luke her father? Or Han Solo? Was she the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine? Or none of the above?

We were hoping our questions would soon be answered in The Last Jedi, but it appears as though director Rian Johnson is still keeping that information under lock and key. In an interview with ABC News, Johnson lightheartedly danced around giving a real answer, but promised that the story of Rey’s parents is “something that is absolutely going to be addressed in the movie.”

“There are lots of surprises in this movie and lots of twists and turns,” he added. “I really want people to experience those when they see the movie, for the first time. How we address that and how you feel about it and what happens with that is one of them.”

The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams also threw in some confusing hints last year at the Tribeca Film Festival, where he first told an audience member that “Rey’s parents are not in Episode VII [The Force Awakens], so I can’t possibly in this moment tell you who they are. But this is all I will say: It is something that Rey thinks about too.”

Signs would then point to Luke and Hans not being Rey’s father, except that Abrams later backtracked and told Entertainment Weekly that he meant. "She doesn’t discover them in Episode VII. Not that they may not already be in her world.”

You can check out the full clip of The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson below. Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15.


Hannah Yasharoff

Hannah Yasharoff is a journalism major at the University of Maryland. She was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. You can follow her on Twitter: @HannahYasharoff