Rey’s Parents: J.J. Abrams Tells Fans Where Not to Look

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Rey's parents are not in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

J.J. Abrams has dropped a big clue regarding the mystery of Rey’s parents

Although the mystery of who Rey’s parents might be has inspired quite a few fan theories since Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters late last year, director J.J. Abrams today made an announcement at the Tribeca Film Festival that throws a monkey wrench into most of the speculation.

“Rey’s parents are not in ‘Episode VII,'” Abrams said (via The Hollywood Reporter). “So I can’t possibly say in this moment who they are. But I will say it is something that Rey thinks about, too.”

UPDATE: It seems that Abrams’ words were not meant to be taken quite as literally as they may appear.

“What I meant was that she doesn’t discover them in ‘Episode VII,'” Abrams had clarified to EW. “Not that they may not already be in her world.”

It remains to be seen whether or not the mystery of Rey’s parents will be resolved in Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars: Episode VIII. The film, which continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, also welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. Joining the production crew will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Steve Yedlin (Director of Photography), Bob Ducsay (Editor), Rick Heinrichs (Production Designer), Peter Swords King (Hair and Make-Up Designer), and Mary Vernieu (US Casting Director). They will be joining returning crew members Pippa Anderson (Co-Producer, VP Post Production), Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Rob Inch (Stunt Coordinator), Ben Morris (VFX Supervisor), and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director). Look for it to hit theaters December 15, 2017.

Who do you think Rey’s parents will turn out to be? Share your thoughts in the comments below!