12:13pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Star Wars': Daisy Ridley Suggests Everything Fans Think About Rey Might Be Wrong
Bad news, speculative Star Wars fans.
While the franchise's has previously been a family saga, that doesn't mean the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is sneakily introducing Rey's mother in the shape of Felicity Jones' Jyn Erso. At least, that's what Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, says.
"I’m not being funny, you guys, but just because she’s white and got brown hair…do you know I mean…? It doesn’t mean she’s my mom," Ridley told MTV News backstage at the MTV Movie Awards, although she did add, "Maybe she is!" with a laugh.
Ridley has reason to be confident about the subject, admitting that she knows who Rey's parents are, having found out during the shooting of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, although she's unconvinced that it really defines the character.
"To me, it’s funny that people think it’s so important because, I guess it is, but I don’t really think it is," she said. "Regardless of where you come from, where you go is the thing. You're moving forward, and you can make family, you can find people you love. So the progression Rey's making, the people she's meeting, and the relationships she's making now are kind of more important than where she comes from."
Ridley also hinted that next year's Episode VIII is a "darker" movie than The Force Awakens and dropped an unexpected tease of what's ahead.
"I don't think I am a Jedi," she said. "I don't think I am. We’ve had this debate as to whether Leia is because she uses her Force powers. Just because she’s not like, 'Oh, I’m going on an adventure' like Luke doesn’t make her any less Forceful."
So does that mean Rey doesn't have the Force, or simply that she's not been trained to become a full Jedi yet…?
Star Wars: Episode VIII will be released Dec. 15, 2017.