DAISY RIDLEY GOOD GIRL GONE BAD
Will Rey join the Dark Side? Daisy hints it’s on the cards!
You do, like, eight thwacks one way, eight the other, eight up, eight down,” confesses Daisy Ridley. It’s her second time playing heroine Rey in the Star Wars franchise, and she’s describing how to slay with a lightsaber – something she had plenty of practise with in The Force Awakens. “They’re really heavy,” she says. “Three, four, five kilos?”
Yep, despite all the martial arts training she completed to take on this role, Daisy says they’re not as easy to swing around as they seem...
“The weight’s very unevenly distributed!” she chuckles.
Daisy, 25, has loads to say when we quiz her on lightsabers, but when it comes to deets on The Last Jedi, well, not so much... What we know is that we’ll discover more about who Rey is and where she came from, and that her journey will become a much more emotional one after meeting Luke Skywalker ( Mark Hamill) on Ahch-to Island in 2015’s The Force Awakens.
Yep, apparently things aren’t going Rey’s way as we discover Luke, who’d left his galactic city and attempted to restart the Jedi Order, isn’t exactly welcoming her with open arms.
Sigh – just another blow for Force-weilder Rey, who’s already struggling with abandonment issues after being deserted on Jakku as a child and losing Han Solo ( Harrison Ford) to the hands of his own son Kylo Ren ( Adam Driver), who, FYI, is falling deeper into the dark side of the Force.
“When all she wanted was parents, why would a person who has parents do that? It’s so beyond comprehension, it’s ridiculous,” says writerdirector Rian Johnson.
Despite the fact that Rey “drew Kylo’s family lightsaber to her hand”, cutting him up and leaving him to die on Starkiller Base at the end of the last ep, Adam says that Kylo harbours a secret admiration for Rey.
“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,” says Adam, 34.
“There is something familiar there, as well as something to be feared, or something... he can’t quite place.”
Regardless of the similarities between Kylo and Rey, Daisy says their differences are too strong to be ignored, however she isn’t ruling out a devilish dalliance with the Dark Side.
“[Rey] doesn’t really know what she wants. She really is trying to do the right thing and morally, her compass is really pointing north,” says Daisy.
“[But] the Resistance doesn’t really mean that much to her. I mean, she’s been left her whole life.” she adds.
Not even director Rian will dismiss the “Rey Going Bad” theory – which is gaining serious momentum online with fans – claiming it’s his job to “put [his characters] in harm’s way”.
“There’s a history in Star Wars of the attraction between the light and the dark, whether it’s the story of Anakin (the Jedi Knight who became Darth Vadar) basically turning from this sweet kid and seeing his seduction to the dark side, or even with Luke,” he says.
“Even though you never really believe he’s going to go over to the dark side, the whole revelation of ‘I am your father’ has to do with [Darth] Vader and this darkness that [Luke] thought he could just dismiss as ‘That’s the bad guy. I don’t have any of him in me.’ Suddenly he realises, ‘No, I come from him. I have quite a bit of him inside me.’”
With the The La Last Jedi shrouded in secrecy and Rian promising to lead our cast astray, we have only one question left: what will become of General Leia Organa, played by the late, great Carrie Fisher?
“[ The Last Jedi] sends her off in an amazing, amazing way,” John Boyega, who plays ys Finn, says. “And she is still kept ept alive in this franchise. That’s the beauty of it – she lives on n forever, in a sense.” Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out December 14