'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' is finally upon us, and with it comes a returning cast of Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and others, as well as new additions to the cast such as Kelly Marie Tran and Laura Dern.
In this series of interviews, the actors - alongside director Rian Johnson - open up about their roles in this fantastic franchise, the extraordinary sets and scenaries they were placed in during filming, and just what it's like to be part of such a well-loved world.
'The experience has been inexplicable, I don't know that I can give it a definition', says newcomer Kelly Marie Tran, who plays Rose Tico in Episode VIII. 'I feel so many emotions all the time and I'm just trying to be really present.'
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After the thunderous reception for J.J. Abrams' Episode VII: The Force Awakens two years ago, writer-director Rian Johnson had a lot to live up to with Episode VIII. And he delivers more than anyone expected: a lucid, entertaining film that operates on four distinct planes, deepens all of its characters, enriches the mythology and constantly surprises the audience with twists and turns. It's a little overwhelming, a nonstop two and a half hours of action and intensity without any time to catch your breath. But there's also a steady stream of sharp humour to help keep things in perspective.
The story picks up straight away, as the First Order led by Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) presses its advantage to wipe out the rebellion for good. Snoke is playing his apprentice Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) off against General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) for maximum effect as they launch an attack. Rebel General Leia (Carrie Fisher) is trying to protect her scrappy army, with pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) trying against the odds to find a way to get them to safety. He sends rebel hero Finn (John Boyega) and mechanic Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) on a mission to track down a hacker who can give them a chance against the First Order. Meanwhile, Rey (Daisy Ridley) has tracked down Leia's brother, jaded Jedi master Luke (Mark Hamill), who is trying to teach her hard truths about the Force.
Each of these characters finds a surprising connection to others, derailing plans and sending each person on an unexpected journey. The way Johnson orchestrates all of this is remarkable because it's both coherent and compelling. And the actors beautifully inhabit the characters, offering telling glimpses beneath the surface. Driver has the strongest role, grappling with three other main characters to understand his destiny. It's dark and complex, and unnervingly moving. Ridley and Hamill also have powerfully gripping moments, while Isaac gets to make good on his scallywag promise in the previous film. And in her final role, the late Fisher brings a wonderfully knowing, sassy edge to Leia.
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Daisy Ridley at the European premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' held at the Royal Albert Hall. The film is the second installment of the new trilogy, and it has been directed by Rian Johnson - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th December 2017
She thinks the new movie has taken a Kurosawa turn.
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' has been one of the most anticipated films of the year, with millions of people set to flock to cinemas this weekend to see Rey on her latest space adventure. Daisy Ridley reveals what we can expect from her much-loved character.
Daisy Ridley at the 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premiere
First of all, everything we need to know about Rey is laid out in front of us; nothing has changed since we last saw her on 'The Force Awakens' as this sequel continues immediately after. However, there will certainly be a more badass transformation in the next film, with Daisy comparing the new look to that of typical Akira Kurosawa movies.
Daisy Ridley at the LA premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'. Directed by Rian Johnson, the movie is the second film in the new 'Star Wars' sequel trilogy, following 2015's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', and eighth film in the series altogether - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 10th December 2017
Robert Iger and Daisy Ridley at the LA premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'. Directed by Rian Johnson, the movie is the second film in the new 'Star Wars' sequel trilogy, following 2015's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', and eighth film in the series altogether - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 10th December 2017
The 25 year old star quit Instagram earlier this year.
The 25 year old star, who plays Rey in the upcoming eighth Star Wars film The Last Jedi, quit Instagram earlier this year and said she’ll “never go back on”. She spoke about why she did so, and about the negative impacts of being on social media on young people, in a new interview with Radio Times.
“The more I read about teenage anxiety, the more I think it's highly unhealthy for people's mental health,” she said this week. “It's such a weird thing for young people to look at distorted images of things they should be.”
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She's not closing the door on making a comeback after all.
The future of 'Star Wars' isn't something that's incredibly clear. Fans don't even know what to fully expect from this month's addition to the episode series, which comes in the form of 'The Last Jedi' on December 15. Still, something seemed pretty certain last week, when actress Daisy Ridley who plays Rey in the new trilogy of films seemed to confirm that these three movies would be her only three.
Daisy Ridley as Rey in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
Now in a new press junket, Ridley has spoken out once more and said that this isn't concrete, and that she was "misquoted" when she made those remarks. Clearly not putting 'Star Wars' at the back of her mind once she's done with the trio of flicks, it now seems she's not closed the door completely to making a return at some point down the line.
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With a new trilogy of films planned after Episode IX in 2019, the franchise's current star Daisy Ridley has said she doesn't see herself continuing as Rey.
With the eighth instalment in the Star Wars franchise just around the corner and excitement building about the recently announced new trilogy, Daisy Ridley has revealed that she will very likely not be taking part in any more Star Wars films beyond Episode IX.
Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine as part of a feature concerning Episode VIII, The Last Jedi, the English actress told the publication she is very unsure about returning to play her character Rey beyond her contractually obliged appearance in the ninth film in 2019, to be directed by JJ Abrams.
Asked whether she wants to portray Rey in the future, Ridley reportedly replied “no”.
It's the funniest edition of his talk show game yet.
Daisy Ridley and Jimmy Fallon got super over-excited when they played a 'Star Wars' themed Whisper Challenge on 'The Tonight Show' this week, and it's basically the game we're all going to be playing with our families this Christmas. We just hope we can do as well as them.
Daisy Ridley at the 'Murder on the Orient Express' premiere
The 25-year-old 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' actress absolutely smashed this Whisper Challenge out of the park - though, to be fair, so did Jimmy. They read out selected quotes from the 'Star Wars' franchise and guessed them all correctly. Eventually.
The actress says she didn't know what she was getting herself into.
Though she was met with universal acclaim and respect following her debut in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' as Rey, Daisy Ridley was never a fan of the original performance she gave. In fact, she says that the pressure of filming the franchise's eighth episode, subtitled 'The Last Jedi' was partly because of just how much has changed in the behind-the-scenes process, and her memories of the 2015 flick.
Daisy Ridley in upcoming flick 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
Whilst we saw Rey developing a close kinship with John Boyega's character Finn, the two will be split apart for 'The Last Jedi', as Rey goes out in search of the exiled Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill); a man who's happy living in solitude and less than impressed to be bothered.
The latest adaptation of Agatha Christie's 83-year-old classic whodunit, this lavish, star-studded film is old-style entertainment. Director-star Kenneth Branagh lets the story unfold with attention to detail while filling the screen with eye-catching images, from the spectacular mountain settings to the opulent costumes. And while the story is too familiar to stir up too much suspense, it's played with a strong sense of emotional resonance. And the moral question is provocative.
The Orient Express sets off from 1934 Istanbul with a colourful collection of passengers. A last-minute addition is noted detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh), who has just solved a thorny mystery in Jerusalem and is now heading to London. Even though he shouldn't be working, he begins to weigh up the odd collection of passengers around him, including a gangster (Johnny Depp), countess (Judi Dench), widow (Michelle Pfeiffer), governess (Daisy Ridley), maid (Olivia Colman), salesman (Wille Dafoe), assistant (Josh Gad), butler (Derek Jacobi) and doctor (Leslie Odom Jr.). Then in the middle of the night, one of them is violently murdered. And when the train becomes lodged in a snowdrift, Poirot has the time to dig further into each person's clearly suspicious back-story.
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The actress hopes the fans will "enjoy that moment".
Before the year comes to its conclusion, 'Star Wars' fans will be gifted the next entry into the episodic movie series in the form of 'The Last Jedi', and it looks as if we'll be finding out a lot more about Rey (Daisy Ridley) and her parentage. In fact, if Ridley's recent comments are anything to go by, there will be a standout "moment" in the film that allows for a big reveal.
Daisy Ridley as Rey in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
Rey was first introduced in 2015's return to the franchise, 'The Force Awakens', and instantly became a fan-favourite thanks to Ridley's brilliant performance. From the moment she hit the big screen, there were rumours and theories about how she may be related to some of the other big names that have helped bring such success to the movie series, but nothing has ever been confirmed.
Date of birth
10th April, 1992
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