Daisy Ridley Talks Her Return As Rey In New ‘Star Wars’ Film: “It’s Not What I Expected”

We’re starting to get some clarity on the future of Star Wars on the big screen. There’s whatever is happening with Taika Waititi’s movie, but more definitively we have a new movie from newly-minted Lucasfilm creative head Dave Filoni that will combine storylines from his Disney+ shows. There’s a movie set thousands of years pre-Skywalker Saga from director James Mangold. And then we have Daisy Ridley returning as Rey Skywalker in a new movie from Ms. Marvel filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. That one came out of left field.

Ridley spoke with Collider about the film, and of course, she couldn’t say much of anything. But what she could do was express her genuine excitement to return as Rey, and to express that she was just as surprised as we were to learn of it…

“It was such a nice reception,” Ridley said about the film’s reveal at Star Wars Celebration. “I was shitting myself before I went on stage, because no one knew I was going to that. No one knew I was going to Celebration, bar like Kathy [Kennedy] and there were a couple of people. I was so nervous. Oh my God. It was such a wonderful reception.”

“I’m very excited. The story is really cool,” Ridley added. “I’m waiting to read a script because, obviously, I don’t have any other updates. It’s not what I expected, but I’m very excited.”

The return of Rey is interesting because she started as such a popular character with a mysterious past that fans invested in. But as the trilogy went on and more was revealed about her, Rey’s story got muddled and fans reacted harshly. This could be a nice reboot of the character that spins her out into some unexpected territory.

Travis Hopson
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