Rey’s true identity has been a lingering question even before The Force Awakens hit theaters, and it is now confirmed that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be addressing this mystery. Since Daisy Ridley’s first appearance as the Jakku scavenger, it has been theorized that she could be connected to just about everyone in the history of Star Wars. Whether she is the daughter to Luke, Han and Leia, the granddaughter to Obi-Wan, a reincarnated Anakin, or from a royal lineage, fans have suggested a number of possible answers.
The Force Awakens did little to address her backstory, only that she was left on Jakku at a young age. With her set up to be a prominent figure again in The Last Jedi, fans have been buzzing over the possibilities that come with her last name, but it was far from guaranteed that all questions will be answered. That still may not be the case, but Rey’s heritage is 100 percent going to be addressed.
GMA asked director Rian Johnson point blank whether or not fans will discover who Rey’s parents are. While he could neither confirm nor deny that their identities will be revealed, more about them will definitely come to light.
It’s something that is absolutely going to be addressed… The other part of it is there are lots of surprises in this movie and lots of twists and turns, and I really want people to experience those when they see the movie for the first time. How we address that and how you feel about it and what happens with that is one of them.
MTV went on to ask Ridley about this same topic, but instead of asking if fans will discover this secret in The Last Jedi, they asked her whether or not she was surprised when she found out.
The one thing I have seen, cause I did some ADR last week, was a little clip of something I didn’t know was going to happen in it and I was like, ‘Oh wow, okay.’ I think quite a few questions people have are answered in this.
The confirmation that more information on the mysterious heroine will be revealed is hardly a surprise thanks to how The Force Awakens set it up to be one of the burning questions audiences are left with, but these comments make it sound like it will be something that is completely unexpected. There is surely going to be a few individuals who predict her lineage correctly, but Lucasfilm knows how Star Wars fans think and the patterns of this franchise, so they could purposefully give decoy information to keep minds on a particular theory, when it actually is the exact opposite.
Whatever history is attached to Rey could have major ramifications on the plot, or if it is not a big deal – similar to Kylo being the son to Han and Leia – they could reveal it quicker than expected. Even though many people expected this to be a major plot point in the sequel, the film’s first trailer does not hint at these revelations coming. If the marketing can stick with that, then Johnson’s hope of this being a big surprise audiences experience in theaters may just come to be.