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Rian Johnson Says We Probably Won't Find Out Who Rey's Parents Are in 'Rise of the Skywalker'

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Whether you loved The Last Jedi or you hated it, you were likely left with one question that the film didn't answer: Who are Rey's parents? Fans who had been developing theories on Rey's parentage since The Force Awakens came out were left disappointed and wondering if we'd ever discover her origin. 

While some people believed that the final film in the Skywalker Saga, The Rise of Skywalker, would answer the question, The Last Jedi director says that the final film isn't undoing anything he did in his movie, including saying that Rey's origin didn't matter.

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Who are Rey's parents? Rian Johnson says nobodies.

In The Last Jedi, it almost seemed like fans would get an answer to the question of Rey's parentage. Kylo Ren insisted that he knows the answer and he revealed to Rey that her parents were "nobodies" who sold Rey off for drinking money when she was a child. Fans had been expecting a big reveal about who Rey was related to and, instead, it seemed that Rey was related to nobody, or at least nobody we'd ever met in the Star Wars saga.

There had been a ton of fan theories about Rey's parents since The Force Awakens and more are being added all the time. One of the most popular is that she is Kylo's sibling and Leia and Han's daughter. This one was particularly popular because, before Disney bought Star Wars, it was canon in Star Wars' book series that they had twins named Jacen and Jaina. When they grew up, Jacen went dark and Jaina went light.

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This theory fell apart a bit when it was revealed that the two aren't the same age so the twin theory can't happen. Also, there's a hand touch scene in The Last Jedi that Rian calls "the closest Star Wars will ever get to a sex scene," so here's hoping they never turn out to be siblings. 

Another popular theory is that Luke is her father, but it seems unlikely considering he never so much as mentions having kids in his backstory in The Last Jedi. Others believe Keri Russell's new character, Zorii Bliss, who is making her appearance in The Rise of Skywalker could have something to do with Rey's parentage or might just be her mother. 

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Will we find out in The Rise of Skywalker?

The answer appears to be no or at least not in the way we want. Rian Johnson spoke at the BFI London Film Festival to discuss how The Last Jedi fit in with the full story of the trilogy. He's been somewhat accused of going rogue and that perhaps he had written a plot that wasn't what the trilogy was initially supposed to be. But he confirmed that Lucasfilm, as well as The Force Awakens's director J.J. Abrams, had all been consulted for the film.

Because J.J. had agreed with Rian on the choices for The Last Jedi, including the choice that Rey's parents not be connected to the characters we already know, Rian says that J.J. will not be changing that in the final film.

Following The Last Jedi, there were rumors that said that J.J. was unhappy with what Rian had left him to work with for the final film, but J.J. says that's simply not true. In an interview with Empire, J.J. stated that he would not be "retconning" what The Last Jedi created.

“I never found myself trying to repair anything,” he told Empire. “Having worked on television series, I was accustomed to creating stories and characters that then were run by other people. If you’re willing to walk away from the thing that you created and you believe it’s in trustworthy hands, you have to accept that some of the decisions being made are not gonna be the same that you would make. And if you come back into it, you have to honor what’s been done.”

While it may be possible that we'll find out more about Rey's parents in The Rise of Skywalker, it seems like the answer isn't going to be Luke or Leia or Han or anyone we already know. 

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