Star Wars: J.J. Abrams Weighs In On Rey’s Parentage Debate


If talk of Rey’s parentage had gradually settled over the past few months, then the premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s first trailer ignited the debate all over again – and then some.

Much of that speculation stemmed from Rogue One‘s Jyn Erso, the tenacious Rebel played by Felicity Jones. Considering that Gareth Edwards’ prequel takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, some corners of the Internet stipulated that Erso is in fact Rey’s long-lost mother. It didn’t take long for actress Daisy Ridley to quickly step in and cool the rumors, though now J.J. Abrams himself has weighed in on the debate.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Abrams first noted that “Rey’s parents are not in ‘Episode VII.’ So I can’t possibly say in this moment who they are. But I will say it is something that Rey thinks about, too.”

Perhaps in an effort to keep the thick veil of secrecy in tact, the filmmaker later clarified those comments to Entertainment Weekly, stating that: “What I meant was that she doesn’t discover them in ‘Episode VII.’ Not that they may not already be in her world.” Whatever you deduce from Abrams’ nebulous comments, it seems we’re not much closer to discovering the identity of Rey’s parents – at least for now.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available now across Blu-ray and DVD. Meanwhile, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will act as the next installment in Disney’s reinvigorated universe, and Gareth Edwards will offer up a blast from the past on December 16.