A new, brief interview with J. J. Abrams from Clayton Sandell (our friend who reports for ABC News) reveals that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker does show that there is indeed more than meets the eye about Rey’s parents… But not so fast! It’s not going to completely undo The Last Jedi‘s devastating twist about them, either – so don’t expect Rey to related to anybody that we’ve already met in previous films.
Sandell spoke with Abrams rather recently, following the debut of the official title for The Rise of Skywalker and the trailer and teaser poster that went with it. The subject of Rey’s heritage is something that sparked interest since before the release of The Force Awakens, and some were left unsatisfied with the most shocking reveal of all in The Last Jedi: that Rey’s parents were objectively terrible people of no importance who sold her into slavery. The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi seem to disagree on what happened next; in the former, Rey’s parents used her as payment to get off of Jakku, and in the latter, Kylo Ren states that they used the money that they got from selling their flesh and blood for booze before dropping dead soon afterward.
While Ren’s explanations for the turn of events seemingly retcon the vision that Rey saw (which, as a vision, admittedly might not be 100% accurate to what actually happened), it appears as though Abrams will not be retconning Rian Johnson’s movie, or at least not directly. Per Sandell, Abrams will honor what happened in The Last Jedi while also pointing out that there’s still more to that story:
Asked about whether #TheRiseOfSkywalker will address Rey’s parentage, @jjabrams tells @paulafaris that Episode IX will honor Episode VIII, BUT: “there’s more to the story that that,” Abrams says. @GMA pic.twitter.com/yP828qCmTg
— Clayton Sandell (@Clayton_Sandell) April 12, 2019
This is how I imagined that they’d go about it if they wanted to go into that part of Rey’s story any more than they already have: they wouldn’t pull a fast one on us and reduce one of the best moments in The Last Jedi into a cheap ploy by the villain only to reveal that Rey is the result of a one-night stand between Boba Fett and Sy Snootles. Even still, it might not matter who Rey’s parents are so much as what they did, and who was influencing their actions. I was kind of hoping that they would move on and test Rey’s character in other ways, but if Abrams has a good plot-related reason to delve into Rey’s secret origins that can add a layer of depth to the story, then there’s probably no harm in doing that.
On another note, there’s a shot in the trailer that shows a transport flying into a dark, cloud-covered mountainous planet that is home to a big, fancy city. That part isn’t important. What’s important is the design of the ship that flies in, because it bears more than a passing resemblance to the same kind of ship that Rey saw leave Jakku in her vision:
You’re probably better off trying to look into the video itself, right before the screengrab, to get a better look at the ship, but it seems like there might be a connection here. It initially appears to be an A-wing, but from what we can see, the ship’s design is more rectangular in nature than the A-wing’s. We know from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi that flashbacks are no longer off the table for Star Wars movies, and with The Rise of Skywalker seemingly being about tying everything together and providing answers to questions raised in this trilogy, it seems like they will be completely inevitable. Hopefully, we’ll find out whether or not this ship belongs to Rey’s parents before the end of the year.
Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker arrives in theaters on December 20, 2019.