They mystery of who Rey’s parents are in Star Wars seems like it will be answered in The Last Jedi. It’s just that it might not end up being that big of a deal. Daisy Ridley asserts “it won’t matter very much.”
On Friday, Entertainment Weekly published new comments from Ridley and director Rian Johnson on the frenzy-inducing subject of Rey’s mysterious past. “To me, it’s important insofar as it’s important to her,” Johnson said. But, in line with his earlier comments about Snoke, Johnson downplayed the importance of this revelation on the overall plot of the film, a sentiment which Daisy Ridley echoed. “You can always look for answers and that doesn’t mean that the rest of your life is so easy. It’s not like, oh, I know who my parents are so now everything falls into shape,” she said.
In The Force Awakens, Rey stood on a literal plot cliffhanger. Many of the audience are still wondering if Luke Skywalker was in fact her father. Since then, numerous fan theories have postulated that Rey’s family could be connected to Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, or even Emperor Palpatine. And while a certain about of flippancy about Rey’s family seems appropriate from Ridley and Johnson, it’s also true that most of Star Wars has dealt with a giant dysfunctional family and the secrets they keep from each other.
So, if Rey does turn out to be Luke’s daughter, it sounds like she won’t let that change her personal decisions too much. Which, ironically or not, is exactly the way Luke Skywalker approached his relationship with his own father.
The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.