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Star Wars composer John Williams debunks Rey's musical conspiracy theory

We're now on day 151 (it's true, I checked) of trying to definitively figure out who Rey's parents are, and the theories are continuing to pile up. One of the more interesting analyses currently making the rounds is that John Williams - who has provided the musical score for all of Star Wars' cinematic episodes - deliberately put musical callbacks to his popular Darth Vader themes in Rey's theme for The Force Awakens. But does the legendary composer even know who Rey's parents are?

During a performance with the Boston Pops Orchestra (via Indie Revolver (opens in new tab)), Williams told the audience in attendance his thoughts on Rey's parentage; "I never asked J.J. Abrams who Rey’s father is, but I think it’s Luke Skywalker. Your guess is as good as mine, though".

For context, here's the video the theory is based on...

Williams' theory is one many Star Wars fans share, and YouTuber TheSpanishComposer (opens in new tab) may be onto something with his video. While it could easily have been coincidence, Williams likely had a lot of direction from Abrams when composing The Force Awakens' themes. In any case, here's hoping Williams returns to a galaxy far, far away next year...

Directed by JJ Abrams and starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Adam Driver, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available on DVD & Blu-Ray now.

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Amon is a contributing editor and columnist for Empire magazine, but is also a Film and TV writer for GamesRadar+, Total Film, and others. He has also written for NME, Composer Mag, and more, along with being a film critic for TalkSport. He is also the co-host of the Fade to Black Podcast, and a video mashup creator. Can also do a pretty good Bane impersonation.