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Here's what J.J. Abrams has to say about Rey's parents in 'Star Wars'

By Karen Butler
Here's what J.J. Abrams has to say about Rey's parents in 'Star Wars'
J.J. Abrams arrives on the red carpet at the "10 Cloverfield Lane" premiere on March 8, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Dennis Van Tine/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams offered a hint regarding the identities of heroine Rey's parents at a panel discussion in New York Friday night.

Abrams participated in a wide-ranging conversation about filmmaking hosted by comedian Chris Rock at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Asked by a young boy in the audience who Rey's parents are in the Star Wars mythology, Abrams replied: "Rey's parents are not in Episode 7 [The Force Awakens,] so I can't possibly, in this moment, tell you who they are. But I will say that it is... This is all I will say. It is something that Rey thinks about, too."

Daisy Ridley played Rey in the blockbuster, which also featured Star Wars icons Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill reprising their roles as Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. Ridley is set to return for the eighth movie in the franchise.

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