‘Star Wars: Episode 9’ Director Colin Trevorrow Promises ‘Profoundly Satisfying’ Rey Reveal
One of the biggest questions we’re left with at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is who are Rey’s parents? There are a few popular theories floating around online, and while we’ll have to wait until Episode 8 or maybe even Episode 9 to get that answer, Colin Trevorrow promises that we won’t be disappointed when Rey’s lineage is revealed.
Earlier today, we reported on J.J. Abrams’ comments regarding Rey’s past and her mysterious parentage — or, we should say, lack of comments, since he would only confirm that he knows who her parents are and nothing more. Now Episode 9 director Colin Trevorrow has weighed in on the Big Rey Question, promising a “profoundly satisfying” answer during his chat with ET:
We’re going to make sure that that answer is deeply and profoundly satisfying. Rey is a character that is important in this universe, not just in the context of The Force Awakens, but in the entire galaxy. She deserves it. We’ll make sure that that answer is something that feels like it was something that happened a long time ago, far away, and we’re just telling you what happened.
But does this mean we won’t find out who Rey’s parents are and where she really comes from until Episode 9? Not necessarily. Trevorrow is working closely with Rian Johnson, the writer / director of Episode 8, and in turn Johnson is collaborating with Trevorrow on the Episode 9 screenplay to ensure that the sequels remain cohesive.
While Trevorrow couldn’t give any clues about the identity of Rey’s parent(s), he did say it’s someone we’ve already met in the Star Wars universe. The most popular theories: Luke (the obvious choice, though perhaps too obvious), Obi-Wan (the wild card), and Han and Leia (an interesting choice; perhaps Leia never told Han of the pregnancy and Rey was born after Han left).
Speaking of original trilogy characters, Trevorrow wants to give Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher more prominent roles in Episode 9. Hamill only appeared for about a minute or less at the end of The Force Awakens, and while Fisher played a key role, she didn’t have much screen time. For his part, Trevorrow says he’s excited to “find new places to take those characters,” and adds:
They are icons, but they’re also people that have suffered tremendous loss and challenge over the course of all these films. [Episode IX] is something that needs to honor a story that’s been told over a period of 40 years. I don’t want to ignore any of it, and I respect all of it. It’s something I think the fan base is going to embrace.