Rian Johnson provides unique insight on Rey’s parents for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Who are you? Nobody. Words echoing from The Force Awakens full-length trailer left idling, leading up to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, regarding the mysterious Rey. She is uniquely strong with the Force, so assuming Rey’s parents must be something truly special is not a bad guess.
Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, even Emperor Palpatine are leading candidates for Rey’s parents. But, who could it be?
Finally, answers regarding Rey’s parents emerge in The Last Jedi, but of course, leaving us with lingering questions.
Rian Johnson — director/writer for The Last Jedi — explored this very topic, proving more insight to Rey’s parents in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.
For those who haven’t seen The Last Jedi, here is your warning to turn away now and save these juicy details for another time.
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Kylo Ren had the honor of dropping the details on Rey’s parents, in his efforts (attempting) to sway Rey to the Dark Side of the Force.
Kylo Ren: “You come from nothing. You’re nothing. … But not to me.”
Rey resisted Kylo’s advances, for now, but, we do know that her parents are nobodies.
Nothing special. Deadbeats who sold Rey for a fix of cash.
Whose life ended with the same unimportance, now buried in the outskirts of the backwater, desert world of Jakku.
Rian Johnson put deep thought into Rey’s parents, not giving her or the fans an easy path towards those secrets.
"The easiest thing for Rey and the audience to hear is, Oh yeah, you’re so-and-so’s daughter… The hardest thing for her is to hear she’s not going to get that easy answer."
The bubble burst on many Rey’s parent’s theories, possibly one reason why a majority of Star Wars fans are “Luke” warm in their initial impressions of the film.
There’s always the chance that Kylo Ren is full of lies, but, according to Johnson, that ‘s not the case.
"Kylo believes it’s the truth. I don’t think he’s purely playing chess. I think that’s what he saw when they touched fingers and that’s what he believes. And when he tells her that in that moment, she believes it."
J.J. Abrams has his work cut out for him, that’s for sure, which includes fine-tuning Rey’s parent’s rabbit trail.
Hopefully, the story group decides to keep Rey’s lineage as is. Kylo Ren fulfills the role as the remaining Skywalker (anti) hero. Having Rey as a “nobody” is just right for the story moving forward.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in theatres worldwide.