WARNING: This story contains major spoilers from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
Rey (Daisy Ridley) quickly captured the hearts of "Star Wars" fans everywhere when she made her debut in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." However, many questions surrounding the true identity of the new hero and her parents still remain. Director J.J. Abrams hinted that answers could be on the way in the next installment, "Star Wars: Episode VIII."
Abrams revealed that he knows "quite a bit" about Rey's real identity at the Television Critics Association press tour Tuesday. However, Entertainment Weekly reported that he wouldn't go into details of what he knew about "Episode VIII," which will be directed by Rian Johnson.
"Obviously it’s not for me to talk about in this moment because this is Rian’s story to continue now," Abrams said. "The last thing I’m going to do is reveal something that he would be upset about. I want to make sure that Rian gets the courtesy that he showed me."
While Abrams didn't go into detail, what he said suggests that Johnson could answer more questions about Rey in "Episode VIII." In December 2015, Ridley told Variety that she liked the script of the next episode of "Star Wars" and said it was "very, very good."
When fans walked out of theaters after seeing "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" many started to speculate who Rey could be and who her parents are. Some believe that Rey is the daughter of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) after the lightsaber that once belonged to Anakin and Luke called out to her during the movie. Others believe that she could be a relative of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Hopefully, fans will soon find out if any of these theories are true. If the new trilogy follows the pattern of the original films, the sequel will provide the answer. The original "Star Wars" sequel, "The Empire Strikes Back," revealed that Darth Vader was Skywalker's father, while having a darker tone than the original movie. Could "Episode VII" follow in the footsteps of "The Empire Strikes Back" when it comes to answering a major question about the main character's background?
"Star Wars: Episode VIII" is expected to be released May 26, 2017.