Who is Rey, exactly?
She’s definitely not a Skywalker, nor is she a member of the Kenobi clan; as a matter of fact, after Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we know Daisy Ridley’s scavenger is a nobody – a luckless orphan cast astray on the sands of Jakku.
It’s a fairly shocking (and bold!) move on Rian Johnson’s part, who made a conscious effort to remind viewers that, in Star Wars, heroism isn’t contingent on one’s heritage, which is a pretty huge departure for a franchise so caught up with “chosen ones” and destiny.
But even despite the answers that The Last Jedi brought us, there are still those who don’t believe Rey is really just a nobody. And one individual who thinks we may get some more info in the next chapter of the saga, Star Wars: Episode IX, is none other than the movie’s composer, John Williams.
Speaking to KUSC in a recent interview, he said that he doesn’t believe Kylo’s lies about Rey’s parents and even revealed that her mother and father “might be identified in the next film.” Whether he’s hinting at something here or simply just speculating is hard to say, as we don’t know how much information Williams is privy to, especially at this early stage in the production process. But still, given how involved he is in the franchise, it’s certainly interesting to hear that he thinks there’s more to the mystery surrounding where Rey comes from than what we were told in The Last Jedi.
After all, with J.J. Abrams stepping in for the next chapter in the saga, he very well could make some changes to Rey’s parentage. Or at least, give us some kind of twist that allows him to mess around with her origins so that they’re not exactly as Kylo told her they were. Then again, who really knows?
Rey might truly be no one special and just another ordinary person thrust into extraordinary circumstances like so many protagonists before her. And if that’s the case, would that really be so terrible? We certainly don’t think so, but either way, all will be revealed when Star Wars: Episode IX blasts into theaters on December 20th, 2019.