Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the few movies to propel a previously-unknown actress to A-list stardom in a single film, and Daisy Ridley was lucky enough to have her career take off in the way that it did. Ridley is now talking about the difficulties that it took for her to bring her A-game to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Ridley spoke with Elle about her role in the upcoming Star Wars sequel, noting that she was personally critical of her own performance in The Force Awakens before going on to explain how The Last Jedi was actually a bit harder to pull off:
“I didn’t think I was good in the first film, and I was struggling with that… [The Last Jedi is] not this big adventure that I’m on with John [Boyega]. I was thinking I did the first one because I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into and I was having loads of fun, and suddenly I’m realizing what this actually is, and I can’t f**king do this. I’m highly dramatic – so it’s all ‘oh my God’…finally I was like ‘Oh yeah, this is working’.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is said to spend a lot of its time keeping its three leads — Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron — away from one another in order to give each character a strong character arc, before inevitably bringing them all together in the very end for a spectacular climactic battle. It seems as though the first two acts of the film keep Rey with Luke Skywalker on Ahch-To, which naturally seems like that would be a greater challenge for Ridley. However, the actress has proven her strengths before, and having a better grasp on the character, it’s likely that she did even better with the sequel.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will rise on December 15, 2017. The movie’s cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ”, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.
7 Reasons Why ‘The Last Jedi’ Could Be The Best ‘Star Wars’ Film Yet
We’re less than two months away from seeing where the story started by Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to go and we can all admit we’re more than excited. We haven’t seen much from Star Wars: The Last Jedi yet but what has been revealed so far has just accelerated speculation, intensity and the impatience of many fans.
But what will the movie be like? Will it be a great Star Wars film? Will people compare it unfavourably to The Empire Strikes Back? Will it severely disappoint? Well in this writer’s opinion, there is significant evidence to suggest that Star Wars: The Last Jedi could very well be the best Star Wars we might ever see. It’s a bold, ambitious statement that can’t be truly proved yet, but here in this list we will look at what is there before us to suggest such a thing could be true.
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