The biggest family drama in the entire galaxy is getting dicier. We’ve never met Rey’s parents in the new Star Wars films, but now, director J.J. Abrams says there is “more” to the story than has previously been revealed.
Speaking to ABC News in Chicago, just after the release of the new trailer of The Rise of Skywalker, Abrams was asked point-blank if Rey’s parents would be featured in the new film. In The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren talks about Rey’s parents, saying they were “filthy junk traders” who sold her into a life of servitude for “drinking money.” However, somewhat controversially, many have speculated that this isn’t the truth, or at the very least, isn’t the end of the story about Rey’s parents. And now, J.J. Abrams has said the same thing.
“I will say that we knew, going into this, that this movie, it had to be a satisfying conclusion. And we were well aware that that’s one of the things that’s been out there,” Abrams told ABC in a video interview. “I don’t want to say that what happens in Episode VIII [didn’t happen]. We have honored that. But I will say that there’s more to the story than you’ve seen.”
In the trailer, we see Rey embracing Leia, which though is pointed, certainly doesn’t mean Rey is Leia’s daughter. However, some fans have speculated that Leia could formally adopt Rey, thus making her a “Skywalker” without changing the story about her biological deadbeat parents in the previous film.
Having said that, Star Wars has a track record for parental fake-outs. In the original Star Wars film — A New Hope — Luke was told two separate lies about his father. His uncle told him that his dad was a “navigator on a spice freighter,” while Obi-Wan Kenobi told him his dad was “betrayed and murdered” by Darth Vader. Let that sink in. One Star Wars movie, two lies about somebody’s parents. Meaning, if J.J. Abrams has decided Kylo Ren was lying about Rey’s parents in The Last Jedi, he’d have a huge Star Wars precedent.
We’ll find out what he means on December 20, 2019, when The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters everywhere.