Who are Rey’s parents?

We don’t know who they are, but we have a pretty decent idea of who they are not. Daisy Ridley, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, made the following comments:

“What I found funny is that I was the child. and I’m like people were so presumptuous and like your Han Solo’s daughter and I’m like; How do you know? Have you seen the film? Clearly not, because I wasn’t. That was a funny one.”

So, if Rey is not a Solo, could she be a Skywalker? While this is the impression that many viewers left the cinema with, the chances of Rey Skywalker have steadily diminished in the months since The Force Awaken’s release. The primary pieces of evidence against Rey Skywalker are twofold.

In Bloodline, a canon book by Claudia Gray, Luke is described as still travelling the galaxy with his Jedi apprentice Ben Solo six years prior to the events of The Force Awakens. No reference is made to his having a wife or child. And since Bloodline is set approximately eight years after Rey was left on Jakku, the idea of Luke travelling on a Jedi quest while his young daughter is lost seems deeply strange at best and completely illogical at worst.

J.J. Abrams, speaking at the TriBeCa Film Festival, answered a young fan’s question about Rey’s parents with:

“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.”

Since Luke, Han and Leia are all in Episode VII, J.J.’s comments would appear to disqualify them as candidates for Rey’s parents. While J.J. did attempt to walk back on his initial remark, the original statement was unequivocal and seems likely to have been a genuine slip-up on what is perhaps the biggest secret in the proverbial mystery box.