Ever since her character was first introduced in The Force Awakens, fans have been clamoring for details about Rey's (Daisy Ridley) past. Some have speculated she is a Skywalker, while others claim she is related to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Now, with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker only a few months out, it looks like fans will finally be getting some answers.
In an interview with Empire, writer Chris Terrio explained how the questions of Rey's lineage will be a central aspect in the final film in the "Skywalker Saga."
"[It] is a question that people not only wonder about quite literally, but wonder about in the spiritual sense. How can Rey become the spiritual heir to the Jedi?" he said. "We kept coming back to ‘Who is Rey?’, and how can we give the most satisfying answer to that not only factually – because obviously people are interested in whether there's more to be learned of Rey's story – but more importantly who is she as a character? How will she find the courage and will and inner strength and power to carry on what she's inherited?"
Rey's parentage was seemingly addressed in Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi after Kylo Ren revealed that her parents were nobodies and that she and her family were insignificant. However, many fans refused to accept that answer, claiming that it betrayed Rey's character and that Kylo Ren could have easily been lying to her.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives on Dec. 20.