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Simon Pegg reveals J.J. Abrams had a different choice for Rey’s parents – will we see them in Star Wars 9?

After all the fanfare, theories, and speculation surrounding Rey’s parental reveal in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (opens in new tab), they turned out to be… two nobodies. Surprise?! That may not be the end of the tale, though. J.J. Abrams is back on board for Star Wars Episode 9 (opens in new tab) and, as Simon Pegg has recently revealed, he wanted to go in the complete opposite direction for the identities Rey’s mum and dad.

Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast (opens in new tab) (H/T Comicbook.com (opens in new tab)), Pegg (who had a cameo in Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens (opens in new tab)) explains that the now two-time Star Wars director had something very different in mind.

“I know what J.J. intended or at least [the idea of] what was being chucked around. I think that’s been undone slightly by [The Last Jedi],” hints Pegg. “There was some talk about a kind of ‘relevant lineage’ for her… But I honestly don’t know, and I don’t know if anyone knows, we’ll see.”

My first thought? She’s a Skywalker. Lineage is something pretty sacred in a galaxy far, far away – and there aren’t many more prominent families than the Skywalkers. Now that Luke (and possibly Leia) have bitten the space dust, having Rey and Kylo Ren as the only remaining Skywalkers would make a heck of a lot of sense.

Whether that will actually happen is anyone’s guess. Simon Pegg is in the dark – as are the rest of us. However, with Abrams at the helm again, Star Wars 9 can reverse some of the seemingly irreversible issues that some fans had with the movie, including the issue of Rey’s parentage.

It could easily be waved away as Kylo being a lying little scamp and then, lo and behold, Rey is Luke’s daughter. Simple, right? Except nothing ever is in the Star Wars universe…

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Bradley Russell
Bradley Russell

I'm the Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.