USA Today interviewed Daisy Ridley about her new film, Ophelia, which is now playing in limited theaters. Talk quickly turned to the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, however, and the newspaper squeezed in a question about Rey’s parents.
USA Today mentioned that fans were not too happy with the reveal that Rey’s parents were “nobodies” in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but Ridley confirmed we’ll learn more. “(Director J.J. Abrams) did say the question is answered. So at the end of the film, you do know what the dealio is,” she said.
The newspaper didn’t stop there as far as addressing criticism of the film by fans, bringing up the fact that fans are petitioning to remake the film and redeem Luke Skywalker’s character. Ridley answered: “Everyone’s going to have an opinion now anyway on the internet, but I also think it’s fair. If people hold something incredibly dear and think they know how it should be and it’s not like that, it’s fair for people to think they were done wrong. It doesn’t mean they were – ultimately, Rian’s a filmmaker and one person can’t dictate how a film is supposed to be – but freedom of expression, sure.”
And how does The Rise of Skywalker compare to The Last Jedi? “Genre-wise, it’s different from the other two, which will become clear when the film comes out,” Ridley added. “It’s quite emotional. There’s a different drive than the previous two films, but there’s a lot of fun. I really missed John (Boyega) during the last one, but we’re back together and now Oscar (Isaac) is part of it. To me, it felt like kids going on an adventure.”
J.J. Abrams returns to direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio. The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast are Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Matt Smith, Dominic Monaghan, and Keri Russell, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.
Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, returns to a galaxy far, far away with The Rise of Skywalker, opening in theaters on December 20, 2019.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin. The crew includes Dan Mindel (Director of Photography), Rick Carter and Kevin Jenkins (Co-Production Designers), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Neal Scanlan (Creature and Droid FX), Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube (Editors), Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor), Tommy Gormley (1st AD), and Victoria Mahoney (2nd Unit Director).