One of the biggest mysteries that still remains from Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the identity of Rey's parents. Many have speculated on who they could be, and now director J.J. Abrams has added even more wrinkles to the question.
Speaking to interviewer Chris Rock at the Tribeca Film Festival (via Entertainment Weekly), Abrams said Rey's parents weren't even in The Force Awakens, ruling out a few popular fan theories - before walking that statement back, somewhat.
“Rey’s parents are not in Episode VII,” said Abrams. “So I can’t possibly say in this moment who they are. But I will say it is something that Rey thinks about, too.”
Abrams later clarified his statements, saying “What I meant was that she doesn’t discover them in Episode VII. Not that they may not already be in her world.”
While Abrams's clarification no longer rules out anyone specific, his caginess on the issue shows that could be a much deeper mystery at the heart of that story.
Currently making the rounds in Star Wars circles is the notion that Felicity Jones’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story character Jyn Erso is a strong candidate to be Rey’s mother. Daisy Ridley responded to the speculation, however.
"I’m not being funny, you guys, but just because she’s white and got brown hair, it doesn’t mean she’s my mom," Ridley told MTV. "“I think the amazing thing about [The Force Awakens] is that Finn and Rey don’t come from anywhere, and they find a place. So to me, it’s funny that people think it’s so important, because I don’t really think it is.”
The still untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII, directed by Rian Johnson, is currently filming, and may shed some light on Rey's history when it is released on December 15, 2017.