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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' director JJ Abrams appears to rule out Luke or Leia being Rey's parents

Daisy Ridley's character was introduced in last year's franchise film

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams addressed the subject of new character Rey's parents in a talk at Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Friday night (April 15).

British actress Ridley was introduced as Rey in last year's Episode VII: The Force Awakens. She will reprise the role in Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is expected to be released in 2017.

Speaking at a Tribeca Q&A, Abrams seemed to rule out either Luke Skywalker, General Leia (formerly Princess Leia) or Han Solo being a parent of Rey.

"Rey’s parents are not in Episode VII," he told the audience. "So I can’t possibly say in this moment who they are. But I will say it is something that Rey thinks about, too."

However, he later clarified to Entertainment Weekly: "What I meant was that she doesn’t discover them in Episode VII. Not that they may not already be in her world."

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There has also been suggestion that mysterious character Jyn Erso, who will make her debut in spin-off film Rogue One, could hold the key to Rey's parenthood. Ridley told MTV recently: "I’m not being funny you guys, but just because she’s white and got brown hair… it doesn’t mean she’s my mum".

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