Though Daisy Ridley’s Rey spent a significant amount of her time on the planet Ahch-To trying to convince Luke Skywalker to assist the Resistance, she also developed a strong force connection with First Order agent Kylo Ren. In an interview with People, director Rian Johnson discussed the force connection sequences and shared details on how those scenes were filmed for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Johnson explained why he felt it was important for both characters to converse as their force connection developed:
“For those force connections, I needed them to talk and I thought that the hardest thing that Rey could possibly be faced with is being forced to talk to this person that she completely despises. And also the audience, we hate him coming into it. She had to be our proxy and so that’s why in those first few conversations, she is just spitting in his face.”
The filmmaker also revealed that Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley were both present to act off camera during the filming of the other’s side of the scene:
“Every single time we shot one of their sides, the other person was off camera. Even to the point where Adam flew to Ireland just to be off camera for Daisy’s stuff, which was essential because they’re such intimate conversations. And that also meant we had to shoot each of those scenes twice basically, which meant the rehearsal time was really important. And my editor Bob Ducsay did an amazing job then of making it feel kind of seamless after the fact.”
Johnson also added that he was “really, really excited” to see where Rey and Kylo Ren’s story goes with J. J. Abrams at the helm of Episode IX.
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 is now playing in theaters!