Other than the fact that Rey is Force sensitive, The Force Awakens didn’t reveal much about the character’s past. She was left on Jakku when she was little, we know that. But how she got there, and whether or not she’s connected to the Skywalker family wasn’t touched upon.
According to Colin Trevorrow, who is directing Episode IX, those answers are on the way, audiences just need to be patient.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Trevorrow said Rey’s backstory will be revealed in due time, and once the answers come, they will be “deeply and profoundly satisfying.”
“Rey is a character that is important in the universe, not just in the context of The Force Awakens, but in the entire galaxy,” Trevorrow said. “She deserves it. We’ll make sure that that answer is something that feels like it was something that happened a long time ago, far away, and we’re just telling you what happened.”
Seeing as we know next to nothing about next year’s Episode VIII, Trevorrow is surprisingly open about what’s being planned for Episode IX, which doesn’t hit theaters until 2019. The fact that Rey is a character who is important to the entire galaxy suggests her lineage and connection to the earlier trilogies—and maybe even future Star Wars films—is a profound one.
There have been many fan theories suggesting Rey is the daughter of Luke Skywalker, and although Trevorrow’s doesn’t indicate one way or the other, his comments can certainly be interpreted that she is indeed related in some way.
In a recent interview, director J.J. Abrams revealed he already knows Rey’s backstory despite not revealing much in Episode VII (and not directing Episode VIII or Episode IX). A plan has very clearly been laid out for the character, but it doesn’t sound like audiences will get the answers they’re looking for until the final chapter in the new trilogy.