Star Wars fans are thankful for Ophelia…because that means we get to see Daisy Ridley in interviews talking about Star Wars! Today Vulture posted an interesting interview where Daisy talked about filming scenes with Carrie Fisher that are now being used in The Rise of Skywalker as well as her thoughts on returning to the franchise in the future.
In an interview with Rachel Handler, Ridley remembers filming scenes with Carrie Fisher for The Force Awakens that have been re-utilized for The Rise of Skywalker, including Carrie being as Carrie as possible:
VULTURE: In the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer, we see you and Carrie Fisher embracing, a tear running down your face. I know that that scene was compiled using unused footage from The Force Awakens, but do you remember the original context of that moment?
DAISY RIDLEY: I do! It’s not a million miles away from what this scene is. It was very sad. I found it very moving to watch it, because I do remember the original. And it’s a strange thing to do, for someone that’s not around anymore to be brought back to life. It’s eerie that it resonates so much with what the story is this time. It’s pretty amazing.
V: Do you remember how you and Carrie discussed playing the scene?
DR: She was actually whispering, “This is a fucking long hug.”[Laughs.] I was trying to do my acting, like, “Oh my god, Carrie!” There wasn’t any discussion about what we were gonna do.
Ridley expresses a sense of finality with Episode IX, and right now doesn’t see herself returning to the franchise in the future, but the window of opportunity is always open in Star Wars, because as Yoda once said, “always in motion is the future.” I think a lot of people would have bet money they’d never see Harrison Ford return as Han Solo.
V: When you look ahead at the Disney calendar, there’s a new Star Wars movie planned every other year until 2027. Carrie and so many other Star Wars stars continued to appear in the franchise as long as they could — do you imagine yourself doing so, if you’re given the chance?
DR: I can’t actually imagine it right now. The ending to Rise of Skywalker … Rise of the Skywalker? The Rise of Skywalker — sorry, jet lag — it’s very satisfying. It felt like an end. I don’t know what’ll happen in however many years. There are so many characters in the Star Wars world who’ve never been explored. There’s so much for the filmmakers to work on. So right now, I don’t think so. But who could say, really? An opportunity might present itself. I love how the movie hasn’t come out and people are like, “What about going forward?” [Laughs.] Right now, it feels like a really nice full stop on the Skywalker series.
I would be shocked if this is the last we see of Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars. She is still very young and I always saw this trilogy as more of a passing of the torch to the new generation. The original cast returned almost 40 years after the original Star Wars, so as a fan of Rey, and the potential future for her and these other new characters, I hope we don’t have to wait that long for their return! We can end the ‘Skywalker saga’ while still continuing on with Rey, Finn, Poe and the rest of the gang in new adventures.
For the full interview with Rachel Handler, where Ridley talks about other things besides Star Wars, head over to Vulture‘s full article here.