J.J. Abrams talks 'Force Awakens' character Rey's parentage

She's strong with the Force to be sure and 'Force Awakens' suggests her parents are to thank.

Published Jan 12, 2016 11:15 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:02 PM CST
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Despite what the movie posters star billing says, Rey played by newcomer Daisy Ridley was the real star of 'The Force Awakens'. But despite following her substantial character arc, there's still a lot we don't know about her. Why does she seem to have such mastery of the Force? Could it perhaps be down to a strong Jedi bloodline? If you haven't had the chance to see the film yet - be aware of a POTENTIAL SPOILER:

J.J. Abrams talks 'Force Awakens' character Rey's parentage |

Speaking to the Television Critics Association via SlashFilm, one plucky reporter directly asked if Obi-Wan Kenobi might just be Rey's father. Abrams answered coyly, saying: "I know quite a bit, but obviously it's not for me to talk about in this moment because this is Rian's story to continue now. 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 he showed me."

Rian Johnson serves as director of the as-yet untitled 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' which will be released in May 2017.


Ben joined the TweakTown team in 2008 and has since reviewed 100s of movies. Ben is based in Australia and has covered entertainment news and reviews since 2002. A student of film, Ben brings a wide understanding of the medium to the latest happenings in entertainment circles and the latest blockbuster theatrical reviews.

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