'Star Wars' Actors Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver Drop Hints About Rey's Parents

Monday, 30 October 2017 - 9:16PM
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Monday, 30 October 2017 - 9:16PM
'Star Wars' Actors Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver Drop Hints About Rey's Parents
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For the past couple years, one of the biggest questions surrounding Star Wars discussions has been about Rey's parents - as an orphan who was abandoned on the Tatooine-esque planet of Jakku, it's heavily implied in The Force Awakens that somebody of narrative importance abandoned her as a small child, and they might be a Skywalker, Kenobi, Palpatine, etc. 

And there's a good chance we won't know until The Last Jedi comes out in December, as director Rian Johnson has promised that the movie will answer some questions about this, even if it doesn't give us the whole story. But Rey's actress Daisy Ridley does know the answer, and was recently able to say a little about it, when asked about Rey's parents for the hundredth time. Possible spoilers ahead.

In an interview with Yahoo Japan, Ridley implied that the moment Rey's parents are revealed had left her feeling very moved. Note: this is translated from Japanese, with some translations also claiming she called the moment "unpredictable," which has a ton of other implications if true:

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"Whatever the answer, I just hope that the moment everyone finds out is an enjoyable experience for viewers. And, though I have known the answer for several years now, the series that Rian Johnson created has turned out to be spectacular beyond even my imagination. To be honest, I was very moved. I think it will be a moving moment for everyone else as well."
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While this is very little, if you're a Star Wars fan, then you're no stranger to speculation so here we go: if it truly is a dramatic moment that's coming up in The Last Jedi, then the chances of Rey's parents being new, previously unknown characters are slim. "Rey's parents are nobodies" was another common belief that makes the rounds in these circles, and that'd be a huge anticlimax compared to the catharsis that Ridley is promising.

It was Kylo Ren, er, Adam Driver, who gave a possibly more interesting reveal. Speaking to GQ, Driver was asked mostly about his own character, but he brought up some parallels to Rey as well. Here's what he said, and note that it's not immediate whether he's being literal or metaphorical:

Opening quote
"I remember the initial conversations about having things 'skinned', peeling away layers to evolve into other people, and the person Kylo's pretending to be on the outside is not who he is. He's a vulnerable kid who doesn't know where to put his energy, but when he puts his mask on, suddenly, he's playing a role. JJ had that idea initially and I think Rian took it to the next level… You have, also, the hidden identity of this princess who's hiding who she really is so she can survive and Kylo Ren and her hiding behind these artifices."
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Because nobody knows if Driver meant Rey was literally a princess, this one is harder to decipher. If he means it just metaphorically, then it's an interesting take on a character who acts decidedly non-princess like. Rey was a fairly open book throughout most of The Force Awakens, so if she's hiding anything, she's kept it very well hidden.

And if Rey is actually a princess, that completely throws the fan theories for a loop. Since there's not really a king or queen of the galaxy in Star Wars, it could mean she's the daughter of an Imperial/First Order leader. Which could easily mean she's the daughter of Snoke, whoever he is. Or it could also mean Palpatine or Vader/Skywalker from the old Empire, so there's still plenty to speculate rampantly on.

Just get all that speculation out of your system now, because with any luck, we'll have the answer when Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out December 15, 2017.
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