DAISY RI­D­LEY GOOD GIRL GONE BAD

Will Rey join the Dark Side? Daisy hints it’s on the cards!

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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

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