Daisy Ridley Thought the Answer to Rey's Parentage Was in 'The Force Awakens'

Tuesday, 06 December 2016 - 1:31PM
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 - 1:31PM
Daisy Ridley Thought the Answer to Rey's Parentage Was in 'The Force Awakens'
We've said before that Star Wars is basically the longest-running, highest-grossing family soap opera of all time (Leia is your sister! Vader built C-3PO! Your evil father loved you!). Since Luke became a hermit, we've had to gossip about the Solo family and their whole weird parent-child relationship instead. But now that Rey has established herself as the main character and gotten one movie under her belt, the family-based fan theories are operating on a whole other level.

According to Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, she actually knows the identity of Rey's parents, but she's not sure if she's a Jedi. We got an extended explanation from J.J. Abrams himself about the meaning of the 'Forceback' scene in Force Awakens, but it still didn't give fans any major closure. Maybe Rey's the child of Obi-Wan. Maybe she's Luke's kid. Maybe she's a descendant of Emperor Palpatine. Maybe she's the imperfect clone of Leia who was implanted with false memories and sent on a mission to kill John Boyega. Any theory makes as much sense as the next.

But in a recent interview with Time Out Magazine, Ridley said she was surprised when her friends finished The Force Awakens and couldn't figure out the secret:

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'I thought a lot was answered in "The Force Awakens",' she said. 'Then after the screening I went for a drink with my agent and everyone, and we were chatting away and I realised that oh, in their minds it's not answered at all!'
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This implies that there were a bunch of hints (and possibly outright reveals, like the Forceback sequence) in the movie that point to Rey's parentage. Fans might have missed these or, more likely, noticed them but couldn't conclusively prove Rey's parentage on their merit alone. We have to remember that Ridley is working with a whole bunch of secret information that no one outside the production has access to, and that the patterns that seem obvious to her might not be for us. At this point, the secret to Rey's parentage is up there with who killed Tony Soprano.

The Time Out piece promises we'll learn more about Rey's parents in Episode VIII, but in the meantime, Ridley loves to tease:

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'I'd love to see the look on people's faces,' she says. 'But with answers come more questions, and there's definitely going to be enough to keep people going for another two years!'
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What's that supposed to mean? Curse you, Daisy Ridley! ARE YOU LUKE'S DAUGHTER? WE WANT THE TRUTH!

Star Wars: Episode VIII hits US theaters on December 15th, 2017.
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