Rian Johnson says Star Wars: The Last Jedi will reveal secrets of Rey's parentage
The Last Jedi will reveal more about Rey’s family lineage – but a surprising fallout could occur (Picture: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has teased fans by claiming heroine Rey will find out the true lineage of her parents and upbringing.

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In The Force Awakens, Rey – played by Daisy Ridley – stated that she did not know her parents when she meets Finn, played by John Boyega.

Ever since that scene, fan theories have been going bonkers, with people speculating that everyone from Benico Del Toro’s DJ to the last Jedi himself, Luke Skywalker, may hold the key to the former scavenger’s upbringing.

However, Johnson has now attempted to deflect their theories, promising that the forthcoming movie will answer people’s questions – but will also provide some uncomfortable truths when the film hits cinemas in December.

Rian Johnson says Star Wars: The Last Jedi will reveal secrets of Rey's parentage

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Johnson said: ‘To me, it’s important insofar as it’s important to her. And I think it’s important to her in terms of what is her place in all of this?

‘What’s going to define her in this story? She was told in the last movie that the answer’s not in the past; it’s looking forward. But she’s showing up on this island to talk to this hero from the past.

‘You can be told [‘the answer’s not in the past’], but I think she still has a lingering hope that she’s going to find the thing that’s going to say: This is where you belong. This is where you are. I think she still holds onto the thought that where she comes from will help define where she’s going,’ he revealed.

Rian Johnson says Star Wars: The Last Jedi will reveal secrets of Rey's parentage
Christopher Andrew Leinonen was a big Star Wars fan (Picture: Lucas Film/Walt Disney)

Daisy Ridley herself also contributed, saying to Entertainment Weekly: ‘You can always look for answers and that doesn’t mean that the rest of your life is so easy.

‘It’s not like, “oh, I know who my parents are so now everything falls into shape”, especially in the Star Wars world,’ she explained.

Meanwhile, further theories on main bad guy Kylo Ren will also be answered: that is, is he a bad ass or a snivelling, petulant teenager?

Rian Johnson says Star Wars: The Last Jedi will reveal secrets of Rey's parentage

Although new images – which were released on Saturday – show Kylo Ren to look pensive, a far cry from the angry whirlwind that tore through The Force Awakens, Johnson has also hinted in the same interview the First Order leader could become ‘more unstable’ in the follow up.

‘The defeat that he had at the end of The Force Awakens, but even bigger than that, his huge defining act which, spoiler alert, is the murder of his father… that’s the more interesting thing to dive into.

‘How has he dealt with that in his head? Where is he at in terms of that act and what does that mean for him?’

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is released in UK cinemas on December 14 and in the US on December 15.

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