Last Jedi Director Says Truth About Rey’s Parents Is ‘Still Open’

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in theaters now.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi passed the $1 billion mark over the weekend, finishing 2017 at the top-grossing movie of the year, but writer/director Rian Johnson’s sequel continues to divide fans, not only with its depiction of Luke Skywalker but the apparent answer to a question that’s nagged audiences since before the release of 2015’s The Force Awakens: Who are Rey’s parents?

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It spawned countless theories, with some fans believing she’s a forgotten Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s granddaughter, or even a descendant of Emperor Palpatine. But in a shocking scene in The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) reveals to Rey (Daisy Ridley) that her parents were effectively nobodies, junkers from Jakku who traded their daughter for a way off that desolate planet. That answer only fueled more fierce debate; surely Kylo was lying, right?

Well, according to Johnson, the truth is in the eye of the beholder — or, rather, J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio, who are writing Star Wars: Episode IX. “Anything’s still open, and I’m not writing the next film,” he told The Huffington Post. “[Abrams and Terrio] are doing it.”

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Although Johnson has previously said Kylo was sincere in his remarks, he acknowledges that the truth has always been a little complex in the Star Wars Universe.

“With all of these movies, Obi-Wan’s whole speech about a certain point of view always applies,” he said, “so I think that you have to always think about the context of how information is given. But for me, dramatically, that’s why that reveal at that moment made sense.”

In theaters worldwide, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Benicio Del Toro as ‘DJ’, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, and the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa.