Warning: The following post contains some vaguely spoiler-ish discussions of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Star Wars fans just can’t stop obsessing over the possible parentage of The Force Awakens‘ Rey. I’m not sure it really matters, and realistically the list of possible parents is pretty short, but hey, it’s January. If there’s a time to sit around at home under a blanket dreaming up crazy Star Wars theories, it’s now.
Colin Trevorrow, the director of Star Wars: Episode IX, is fully aware of all the wild speculation, and admitted to Entertainment Tonight that’s he’s going to have to “practice” his responses to the fans’ pressing questions. He certainly is, because the answers he gave to Entertainment Tonight may have revealed more than he wanted to.
On the subject of Rey’s parents, he said:
“We’re going to make sure that answer is deeply and profoundly satisfying. Rey is a character that is important in this universe, not just in the context of The Force Awakens, but in the entire galaxy. She deserves it. What’s interesting is I’m not creating a host of new characters. I have a lot of characters that people really love that we’re going to make sure are all honored. No one’s going to be left behind.”
Okay, so, let’s unpack this. Trevorrow seems to be implying that we won’t learn the identity of Rey’s parents until Episode IX. In my mind at least, that rules out Luke as the father. Rey and Luke will likely be doing some serious hanging out in Episode VIII, so if Luke was the father, he’d mention it then. There’s also Trevorrow’s “I’m not creating new characters” comment, which implies we already know Rey’s parents. Personally, my money’s on Maz Kanata and Yoda as Rey’s mom and pop. Who’s to say how genetics do and don’t work in a galaxy far, far away?
Speaking of characters we know, Trevorrow confirmed Luke and Leia will have a major presence:
“[I want] to find new places that we can take those characters. They are icons, but they’re also people who have suffered tremendous loss and challenge over the course of all these films.”
Seems like we might be spared any more major original trilogy deaths in Episode VIII, hopefully. You take care of yourself, Chewie, and you keep practicing your answers, Trevorrow. I don’t think your Disney overlords are going to tolerate your dropping these kind of hints in every interview you do.
(Via Entertainment Tonight)