Everyone has Star Wars on the brain following the drop of the Rogue One trailer, but J.J. Abrams, the director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has people thinking about the next installment of the intergalactic epic already—and he may have let the cat out of the bag regarding one major character development.
In a conversation with Chris Rock at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 15, Abrams didn't shy away from a topic that's been on the minds of Star Wars fans since The Force Awakens hit theaters last December. When the directorial chat between Abrams and Rock was opened up to the audience for questions, one attendee inquired about the identities of Rey's parents, the mysterious figures that ditched The Force Awakens' heroine on her home planet when she was a child. (SPOILERS AHOY.)
His answer, according to The Hollywood Reporter: "Rey's parents are not in Episode VII. So I can't possibly say in this moment who they are. But I will say it is something that Rey thinks about, too."
Wait, what?! Theories started popping up about The Force Awakens and the tangled roots of the family trees of its characters since the movie came out, and two, in particular, concern characters we know, and know well. The idea of Luke being Rey's father has been bounced around, as has one that implies Rey is the daughter of Leia and Han, which makes her Kylo Ren/Ben's sister. This new info from Abrams cuts all of this off at the pass, as these are all characters who are very much so in Episode VII.
Abrams later couched his statement, saying that it wasn't his place to say anything as he's not the one in the Episode VIII director's chair. "Obviously it’s not for me to talk about in this moment because this is [Episode VIII director] Rian [Johnson]’s story to continue now," he said. "The last thing I’m going to do is reveal something that he would be upset about. I want to make sure that Rian gets the courtesy that he showed me." He went on to further clarify his statement to Entertainment Weekly: "What I meant was that she doesn’t discover them in Episode VII. Not that they may not already be in her world."
Hrmmmmmm. I'd try to figure out how to say "The director doth protest too much" all Yoda-like, but that would take awhile. The Force Awakens is out now on DVD/Blu-ray/your medium of choice, so re-watch it a million times and try to come up with your own theories before the next Star Wars film, Rogue One, drops in late 2016.