'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' director JJ Abrams appears to rule out Luke and Leia being Rey's parents
Daisy Ridley's character was introduced in last year's franchise film
Getty Luke Morgan Britton, 16th April 2016 Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams addressed the subject of new character Rey's parents in a talk at Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Friday night (April 15).
British actress Ridley was introduced as Rey in last year's Episode VII: The Force Awakens. She will reprise the role in Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is expected to be released in 2017.
Speaking at a Tribeca Q&A, Abrams seemed to rule out Luke Skywalker and General Leia (formerly Princess Leia) being the parents of Rey.
"Rey’s parents are not in Episode VII," he told the audience. "So I can’t possibly say in this moment who they are. But I will say it is something that Rey thinks about, too."
However, he later clarified 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."
There has also been suggestion that mysterious character Jyn Erso, who will make her debut in spin-off film Rogue One, could hold the key to Rey's parenthood. Ridley told MTV recently: "I’m not being funny you guys, but just because she’s white and got brown hair… it doesn’t mean she’s my mum".