With Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams help set up a new chapter of this franchise, introducing beloved heroes and villains alike. Several questions were raised that fans will be seeking answers to in Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is currently in production at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. One of these questions is who Rey's (Daisy Ridley) parents may be, with some theorizing that her mom is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story character Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones. During the MTV Movie Awards last night, Daisy Ridley was asked about these rumors, which she quickly shot down.
"I'm not being funny you guys, but just because she's white and got brown hair... it doesn't mean she's my mom. I think the amazing thing about [Episode VII] is that Finn and Rey don't come from anywhere, and they find a place. So to me, it's funny that people think it's so important, because I don't really think it is. Because, regardless of where you come from, where you go is the thing. You're moving forward, and you can make a family, you can find the people you love, so I think the progression Rey is making and the people she's meeting and the relationships she's making now, are kind of more important than where she comes from, but that's just me."
One of the most memorable moments in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is when Rey used The Force to grab a lightsaber during her battle with the nefarious Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Since Rey is obviously strong with The Force, many have assumed that she is or will become a Jedi at some point in Star Wars: Episode VIII or Star Wars: Episode IX, but since we know so little about the story, it's tough to tell. Daisy Ridley revealed that she doesn't think Rey is a Jedi in this new interview, while adding that Star Wars: Episode VIII is darker than Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
"I think it is darker, yeah. I don't know if I am a Jedi... I don't think I am. We've had this debate as to whether Leia is because she uses her Force powers. Just because she's not like, oh I'm going on an adventure like Luke doesn't make her any less Forceful."
The actress did admit that she knows who Rey's parents are, information she learned while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We don't know for sure if this mystery will be solved in Star Wars: Episode VIII, or if we'll have to wait until Star Wars: Episode IX to find out who her parents are. Do you have any theories about who Rey's parents may be? Chime in with your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more on Star Wars: Episode VIII.