Star Wars: The Last Jedi is less than a month away and the cast is beginning to sit down and do press as we get closer to the release of the film.
Entertainment Weekly sat down with Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, and Rian Johnson to talk about where Kylo Ren and Rey are right now in their journeys through the Force.
Adam Driver started by talking about how his character feels somewhat self-assured in his abilities, specifically those that strike fear into others:
“He has been aware of this ability in himself from such a young age, and I don’t think there’s a lot of people around him who are on the same level. I think that there is something familiar there, as well as something to be feared, or something … that he can’t quite place.”
Daisy Ridley spoke of Rey’s own abilities, and how she really just wants to do right by the galaxy, even if it does not necessarily involve fighting with the Resistance:
“She doesn’t really know what she wants. She really is trying to do the right thing and morally, her compass is really pointing north.”
“The Resistance is really not that much to her. I mean, she’s been left her whole life, and very quickly is eager to sort of help other people, which is wonderful. She wants to be part of something. I mean, everyone wants to be part of something.”
Driver went on to talk about how being a part of a cause is something Kylo Ren has dealt with since he was just Ben Solo, with two legendary Rebel freedom fighters as parents, and how maybe not agreeing with that cause helped set Kylo on his dark path:
“I think the idea of someone whose parents are very much devoted to the cause, that’s something a lot of people could relate to, whether it be religion or politics or a business. Not identifying with [that cause] yourself, I think can give someone a complex.”
“Looking around and not seeing yourself and not identifying with what’s around you, I think, affects how we behave”
As far as the atrocities he has committed in the name of the First Order, Driver thinks Kylo is justified, or at least that is how he feels in a post-Han galaxy:
“From his perspective, what he’s done is hopeful. If anything he has justice. I think he’s surprised by how he would feel after Han Solo. He’s hoping for hope. He’s hoping for clarity.”
Will Kylo Ren turn good? Director Rian Johnson is coy on what the fate of the leader of the Knights of Ren will be, as he is giving the reins back over to J.J. Abrams for the next installment:
“There’s a big part of the story yet to be written and not by me. But I don’t think it’s very interesting if the whole story is just ‘Will Kylo get his comeuppance?’ He’s a more complicated character than that and I think he deserves a more complicated story than that. I don’t see the point of trying to get behind his mask and learn more about him if all we’re going to learn is ‘Yeah, he’s just an evil bad guy that needs to be killed.’”
On whether or not Rey will feel spurned by Luke Skywalker, Johnson offered the following life advice:
“This is very much about Rey trying to figure out how she fits into all this, much like any of us as we’re growing up, as we’re transitioning from childhood into adulthood. You’re going meet people who you think are going help who don’t. And help is also going come from unexpected places.”
In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released in theaters on December 15, 2017.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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