Rey, the unassuming star without a last name from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," could be part of the legendary Skywalker family, but then again, she could be a Solo according to many theories. No one but the inner circle of "Star Wars" actors and creators know exactly who Rey is at the moment, and it's been a major point of speculation since the movie was released last December. While most fans have their opinions, director J.J. Abrams gave a few statements on the matter this week while at Tribeca, causing an immediate flurry of new theories about the matter online.

J.J. Abrams is forced to clarify his statement

J.J. Abrams caused the frenzy while answering a question about who Rey's parents are by an audience member at Tribeca, stating, "Rey’s parents are not in 'Episode VII,'" and followed it up with, "It is something that Rey thinks about, too." Many fans took this very literally that Rey is then definitely not related to Luke, Han, or Leia and therefore by extension not related to Darth Vader or Kylo Ren, formerly known as Ben Solo before his turn to the dark side of The Force.


Some fans even have theories that Rey could be related to someone on "Star Wars Rebels," and possibly the daughter of Sabine Wren. Abrams must have felt his statement wasn't complete or entirely true, or for purposes of obfuscation, he later told Entertainment Weekly that, "What I meant was that she doesn’t discover them in Episode VII. Not that they may not already be in her world." This leaves wiggle room that Rey may have met, but not discovered the shared lineage of her parents in "The Force Awakens."

Is Rey related to the Skywalker family?

Many fans have put forth they theory that the ship leaving Jakku during Rey's vision was owned and piloted by none other than Luke Skywalker. The fans cite a drawing in an old comic book from 1984 with a Rebellion era shuttle craft that Luke flew with crewmember Braxas to the planet Solay.

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The article at the "Star Wars" Wikia that hosts the information has labeled the title of the page that declares the craft to be Luke Skywalker's shuttle as conjecture. The ship in "The Force Awakens bears a remarkable resemblance to the shuttle from the comic book. None other than Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm Story Group almost immediately shot down the theory and claimed the ship was a new design for the film and followed up his denial with a tweet.

Is Rey neither a Skywalker or Solo?

Fans are left with a cliffhanger until December of 2017 when director Rian Johnson continues the new "Star Wars" story with "Episode VIII," still untitled. It's unlikely, but Rey could have no relation to Luke, Leia or Han, but could have other powerful parents who were strong in The Force. Then again, Anakin was born from a mother without any Force abilities at all, so anything is possible.

Fans speculated immediately after the trailer for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," was released last week that Rey might be the daughter of Jyn Erso, portrayed by actress Felicity Jones. The director of that film, Colin Trevorrow, said to Entertainment Weekly at a BAFTA event that the reveal of Rey's parents will be, "Deeply and profoundly satisfying."