J.J. Abrams Clarifies Comments on Rey’s Parents Not in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
J.J. Abrams sent fans into a frenzy on Friday night, April 15 when he spoke with Comedian Chris Rock during the Tribeca Film Festival. The Force Awakens Director was asked about Rey’s parents. His answer caught almost everyone by surprise.
While some questions regarding events in Star Wars: The Force Awakens are slowly coming to light, others won’t be revealed until Star Wars: Episode VIII or IX. The biggest of these, of course, is exactly who Rey’s parents are. The Director went on to explain:
“Rey’s parents are not in Episode VII,” he told the audience. “So I can’t possibly say in this moment who they are. But I will say it is something that Rey thinks about, too.” he said.
Obviously, Abrams’ comments caused an uproar and sent “Star Wars” fans into a frenzy, as many devoted fans suddenly became baffled as it goes against many popular fan theories on the subject. It even may have ruled out a number of characters that fans have been speculating about, including theories that Rey could be Luke Skywalker’s daughter or the daughter of General Leia Organa, which would make her related to Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren.
However, Entertainment Weekly caught up with the director to see whether or not he could clarify his statement.
The Director followed-up with what certainly alters the “not in Episode VII” comment considerably.
“What I meant was that she doesn’t discover them in ‘Episode VII’. Not that they may not already be in her world,” the filmmaker told the site. It means, those fan theories about Rey being the daughter of Luke Skywalker or Leia are still valid.
Abrams reiterated that he knew who Rey’s parents are. However, he remained tight-lipped about it. “So I can’t possibly say in this moment who they are. But I will say it is something that Rey thinks about, too,” he told the crowd.
Fans may find out about Rey’s parents when she returns for “Star Wars Episode VIII”. The upcoming installment, which will be directed by Rian Johnson, is set for release in the U.S. on December 15, 2017.
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