‘Rise of Skywalker’ Director, J.J. Abrams Says Rey is ‘More Confident’ During This Upcoming Star Wars Film

Will Rey and the Resistance finally defeat the First Order? Will Rey turn to the dark side herself? Not much is known about the upcoming Star Wars film, but, thanks to an interview with director J.J. Abrams, fans learned more about the future of this young Jedi. Here’s what we know about Rey and the third movie in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, entitled The Rise of Skywalker.

Fans learned more about Rey from the ‘Rise of Skywalker’s’ official teaser, trailer, and the D23 Expo clip

The force is strong with this character. She can make rocks float and she defeated the Elite Praetorian Guard with Kylo Ren. Rey even felt when Luke passed on during Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now, some fans are wondering what’s next for Rey on her personal journey and her mission to defeat the First Order.

Fans already got a peek at Rey from this upcoming movie, thanks to the official teaser and trailer, in addition to clips from the D23 Expo. However, J.J. Abrams gave a big hint regarding a personal transformation within this character during The Rise of Skywalker.

Daisy Ridley of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
Daisy Ridley of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ | Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

J.J. Abrams said that Rey is ‘more confident’ in the final movie of the sequel trilogy

During a profile of Daisy Ridley for Marie Claire, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams commented on the evolution of Rey and the actress behind the character.

“The confidence of the character has grown as, I think, the confidence of the actress has grown,” says writer and director J.J. Abrams of actress Daisy Ridley and her character, Rey. “It is hard for me to separate Daisy from Rey, and I know that when writing the character, I have Daisy and her rhythms in my head. Luckily, she is as sharp and thoughtful and funny as they come, so knowing I am writing for her always raises the bar.”

“The thing is, at the time this all came out, people were talking to me about how Rey made them feel and going, ‘Oh, my daughter wants to be like you,’ and I didn’t know how to take that. I kept saying, ‘That wasn’t me. J.J. [Abrams] wrote that,’” Ridley said of her character during the same article.

BB-8, Moderator Stephen Colbert, Director J.J. Abrams, Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Naomi Ackie (Jannah) and R2-D2 onstage during "The Rise of Skywalker" panel
BB-8, Moderator Stephen Colbert, Director J.J. Abrams, Producer Kathleen Kennedy, and the cast of Star Wars’ “The Rise of Skywalker” | Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Disney

When does ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ come out?

The wait is almost over, Star Wars fans. It’s been about two years since Lucasfilm and Disney premiered The Last Jedi. The last movie of the sequel trilogy is set to premiere this December. It stars cast members like Adam Driver (Kylo Ren,) Daisy Ridley (Rey,) and even clips of the late Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. Billy Dee Williams will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres in the United States on Dec. 20, 2019. Until then, fans can stream Star Wars movies and television shows, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Mandalorian, on Disney’s subscription service, Disney+.