Rey has been one of the most iconic characters in Star Wars history. Even without much backstory, Star Wars fans around the world have grown to love her character and the unusal amount of raw force ability she has.
Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, sat down with Vulture magazine to answer some burning questions regarding ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ and her future with the Star Wars franchise:
“In the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer, we see you and Carrie Fisher embracing, a tear running down your face. I know that that scene was compiled using unused footage from The Force Awakens, but do you remember the original context of that moment?
I do! It’s not a million miles away from what this scene is. It was very sad. I found it very moving to watch it, because I do remember the original. And it’s a strange thing to do, for someone that’s not around anymore to be brought back to life. It’s eerie that it resonates so much with what the story is this time. It’s pretty amazing.
Do you remember how you and Carrie discussed playing the scene?
She was actually whispering, “This is a [expletive] long hug.”[Laughs.] I was trying to do my acting, like, “Oh my god, Carrie!” There wasn’t any discussion about what we were gonna do.
When you look ahead at the Disney calendar, there’s a new Star Wars movie planned every other year until 2027. Carrie and so many other Star Wars stars continued to appear in the franchise as long as they could — do you imagine yourself doing so, if you’re given the chance?
I can’t actually imagine it right now. The ending to Rise of Skywalker … Rise of the Skywalker? The Rise of Skywalker — sorry, jet lag — it’s very satisfying. It felt like an end. I don’t know what’ll happen in however many years. There are so many characters in the Star Wars world who’ve never been explored. There’s so much for the filmmakers to work on. So right now, I don’t think so. But who could say, really? An opportunity might present itself. I love how the movie hasn’t come out and people are like, “What about going forward?” [Laughs.] Right now, it feels like a really nice full stop on the Skywalker series.”
On a side note, when asked if she ever spoke to Trevorrow about his plans for Episode IX, Ridley confirmed Trevorrow’s version of Episode IX was “very different”:
“He was Josh [Gad’s] guest at [the] Murder on the Orient Express [premiere] and we went for dinner afterwards, and Colin sat next to me and I was like, ‘What’s this gonna be like?’ Because all I had heard—I didn’t know what had happened, I just knew that he wasn’t doing it anymore. And he did sort of tell me and sort of not… Actually no we had gone for dinner and stuff, we went for dinner with Michelle, who is a producer. So I sort of knew. I think everything happens for a reason I guess.“
Well, there you have it! As the release of ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ inches closer to theaters, coming this December, only time will tell if and when Ridley will return as Rey once again. I’m sure that once it sinks in that Episode IX will be the last Skywalker film we see in theaters, we will all be shedding a tear or two just like her.
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