‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’: Daisy Ridley Admits How It Feels to Play the ‘Worst’ Version of Rey
It’s almost time to head back to the “galaxy far, far away” for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Early on in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans meet Rey (Daisy Ridley), a scavenger living on the desert planet of Jakku. With her optimistic attitude, survival skills, and tragic backstory, Rey won over most of the Star Wars community in short order. The Last Jedi built upon this, taking the character further on her path toward mastering the Force.
Now Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker promises to tie up the Skywalker saga — and, by extension, Rey’s story — in a way that is “as cohesive as possible.” Still, this doesn’t mean fans should feel comfortable knowing where the character is headed. Especially not if that terrifying glimpse of “dark Rey” is any indication.
The mystery surrounding ‘dark Rey’
Star Wars fans who have been watching closely know The Rise of Skywalker is far from the first time the saga has flirted with Rey going over to the dark side. In fact, both of the previous films in this sequel trilogy have toyed with that possibility. But will she actually join Kylo Ren’s First Order and betray her Jedi teachings?
Probably not. The crux of this sequel trilogy appears to be getting at the balance of good and evil that exists in every individual. Just as Luke observed Rey’s touch of inner darkness, Kylo Ren has struggled with the bit of light he carries. We doubt Lucasfilm will take the heroic Rey down a dark path.
That said, the notion of “dark Rey” appearing in the film has intrigued fans. Even if she doesn’t turn evil, we have no clue in what context why Rey busts out a double-bladed red lightsaber. Could she have been cloned? Is this a Force vision?
Daisy Ridley talks about the character
Ridley isn’t saying how Rey winds up going all Sith Lord on us, black hood and all. But that hasn’t stopped the actress from talking about what it was like to play a vastly different version of her character. Here’s what she had to say about The Rise of Skywalker.
“It’s fun to play someone’s best version, and then the worst,” Ridley said to Adoro Cinema (via ComicBook.com). “It’s an amazing thing to do as an actress, but we can’t do it often. … I felt very good. That’s the most I can say, unfortunately.”
Ridley’s comments about tapping into the “worst” side of her character do give us something to work with. Whether “dark Rey” is a clone, vision, or something else, she does seem to embody the absolute extreme result of what Rey could become. In this way, she does serve as a manifestation of the character’s darkest fears.
Where will ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ leave us?
Chances are good Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be Ridley’s last time playing Rey, at least for the foreseeable future. As such, many fans are curious about how the film will conclude her arc. We already know the movie will not answer all of our questions.
While Ridley obviously didn’t divulge anything about the film’s ending, she believes the emotions on set were palpable.
There was a scene that touched me a lot. It was our last day shooting in Jordan, and the natural light was fading. And it was so exciting. It was just a short scene. We filmed very fast, but the crew was shaken in a way I had not seen before. And I thought, “My God, if this is people’s immediate reaction when the scene isn’t even ready, imagine what it will be like to see it in the movies, with the John Williams soundtrack and all that.”
Whatever does happen to Rey in The Rise of Skywalker, we’ll be curious to see where her allegiance to the Force lies by the end. We’re just as anxious to discover where the dynamic between Rey and Kylo Ren — the two figures who complement each other’s inner good and evil — will end. Will the pair find common ground and ride off into the binary sunset? The answers are coming.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20.