Now that our attention is gradually being directed to the upcoming Star Wars spinoff Rogue One – A Star Wars Story, it somehow gives us some leeway to look back and reflect on some of the most important plot details of what transpired with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. One of the most crucial element in the film was the obviously skirted topic of Rey’s origins, or more accurately, the back story regarding her parents.
Star Wars fandom has offered a lot of theories, with most of it gravitating towards the possibility that they might have been revealed already by Director J.J. Abrams in The Force Awakens. However, in what seems to be a roller coaster ride of revelations, fans were somehow stirred into a frenzy when Abrams dropped a bomb of a reveal during his interview with Chris Rock last Friday Night at the Tribeca Film Festival.
During a Q & A portion, a young boy mustered his courage to ask a question that most in the audience were raring to ask: Who are Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) parents? Though it is understandable that this might not be answered satisfactorily until such time when Episodes VIII and IX hit the big screen, Abram’s response somehow placed a damper on some of the most accepted explanations within the Star Wars community. Abrams explains, “Rey’s parents are not in Episode VII. So I can’t possibly say in this moment who they are. But I will say it is something that Rey thinks about, too.”
As noted by Star Wars News Net, Abram’s reply caused a bit of an uproar. It baffled many devoted fans who religiously held to the idea that Rey could have already encountered her parents without her knowing it, such as the widely accepted theory that Rey parents could either be Luke Skywalker himself or General Leia Organa making her blood-related to Adam Driver’s impetuous Kylo Ren.
It’s a good thing that Entertainment Weekly was quick on its feet, catching up with Abrams during a backstage interview to clarify things up. Abrams took the opportunity to clarify what he meant exactly when he said that Rey’s parents “are not in Episode VII”. “What I meant was that she doesn’t discover them in ‘Episode VII’. Not that they may not already be in her world,” the veteran filmmaker told EW. Of course, Abrams is necessarily tight lipped on the matter, in spite of being in the know who Rey’s parents are. This clarification is a relief to the all the fans rooting for a Skywalker – Rey connection. This means that those fan theories about Rey being the daughter of Luke Skywalker or Leia may still hold water. Fans can sleep pretty well after that until they see the big reveal in Episode VIII when it hits US theaters on December 15, 2017.
In other news, Variety reported another unlocked achievement for the most recent Star Wars episode. Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens Blu-ray/DVD edition came out as #1 in the Top 20 NPD VideoScan overall disc sales chart for the week ending on April 10. VideoScan monitors DVD sales, including HD and Blu-ray sales, based on information collected from retailers. Variety also reported that the release of “The Force Awakens” also sent both the original “Star Wars” trilogy and the prequel trilogy back into the Top 20, with the former landing at #10 and the latter at #13. The Force Awakens apparently performed well on the home video scene, is in spite of the online leaks that film suffered a month ago.