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Daisy Ridley: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' backlash was 'fair'
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July 4, 2019
July 4, 2019 11:18 AM EDT
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi star Daisy Ridley admits the backlash against the film was “fair.”
The actress discussed the lukewarm reception the sci-fi film received from fans, who gave the film a poor audience score on review compilation website Rotten Tomatoes, with USA Today.
“I wasn’t surprised, no. It’s just a different thing,” she told the outlet when asked about the disappointing response. “Everyone’s going to have an opinion now anyway on the internet, but I also think it’s fair.”
Though Ridley understands the high level of expectation for the 2017 instalment of the beloved franchise, she stands behind director Rian Johnson’s vision.
“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.”
Ridley is set to reprise the role of Rey in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which hits cinemas in December.
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Daisy Ridley had a mini-panic attack during her first day on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens when she realized just how big the movie was.
The actress, who has played Jedi Rey in the most recent Star Wars movies, admits director J.J. Abrams warned her about the pressure of starring in a blockbuster but she had no idea just how great that would be until she turned up on set.
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During an episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, which was published earlier this week, she said, “It was pretty horrid. It was really scary. I felt just sick and I didn’t really know anyone yet.
“It takes me a really long time to settle down with people… and there were loads of people there and somebody had an umbrella over me and even that, like, ‘Oh someone’s holding an umbrella over you? OK (sic).’
“I remember thinking, ‘I can’t do it.’ Like, I can’t do this, this is not right.”
Even members of her family felt the pressure of the role when she started shooting: “Even my mum at the premiere of Force Awakens went, ‘I mean I’m nervous but there must be a reason why they cast you.’ Thanks Mum. It still sort of carried on, but I feel more confident now.”
Ridley will return as Rey in the final film of the latest Star Wars trilogy, The Rise of Skywalker, at Christmas.
Obi-Wan Kenobi 'Star Wars' series in the works with Ewan McGregor
Mark Daniell
August 16, 2019
August 16, 2019 12:45 PM EDT
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The Force is strong with Ewan McGregor.
The Scottish actor is in talks to reprise his role as Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new Star Wars TV series.
Variety reports the new series will air exclusively on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, which is set to launch later this year.
McGregor played a younger version of the character, first portrayed by Alec Guinness in 1977’s A New Hope, in the three Star Wars prequels The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. Rumours swirled that McGregor was poised to revive the character in a standalone film to be helmed by Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot and The Hours), but those plans were scuppered after last year’s Han Solo spinoff sank at the box office.
“I don’t know anything more about it than you do, I’m afraid,” he told the Sun at a press day for Christopher Robin. “I really don’t. But I’d be up for it. You know that.”
He hasn’t appeared onscreen in any of the newer episodes — The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and this year’s Rise of Skywalker — but he still relishes the opportunity to interact with Star Wars fans.
“Not long ago they did a Star Wars marathon. I’ve never done anything like this, but I was asked to come and I said I’d do it. I wanted to introduce the last one (Revenge of the Sith) and I went down there at 2:30 in the morning and there were people there who’d been watching movies all day. Those are the real Star Wars fans. They were really in their element and I enjoyed it.”
If the Obi-Wan series comes together, it will be the third live-action Star Wars show on Disney+. The streamer has already set Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian as well as a series based on the Rogue One character Cassian Andor, with Diego Luna reprising his role from the film.
McGregor is no stranger to TV. Last year, he won a Golden Globe for his work on the third season of the FX series Fargo.
He’ll be seen later this year as the adult Danny Torrance in The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep and next year’s Harley Quinn spinoff, Birds of Prey.
In an interview with the Sun last year, McGregor’s Star Wars co-star Hayden Christensen said he’d too be up for returning to the franchise as Anakin Skywalker.
“Absolutely. I would go back in a heartbeat if it made sense. I kind of feel that (Anakin’s) storyline was fully told, but you never know. They’re going to be making a lot of these movies and you never know.”
In addition to new Star Wars shows, Disney+ is expanding characters from its popular Marvel Cinematic Universe, with new series revolving around characters including Hawkeye, Loki, Scarlet Witch and Vision, and Falcon and Winter Soldier.
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Marvel honcho Kevin Feige to produce Star Wars film for Disney
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September 26, 2019
September 26, 2019 10:55 AM EDT
Marvel supremo Kevin Feige will develop a new Star Wars movie for Disney.
The Marvel Studios president has been at the helm of 23 blockbuster films – including this year’s Avengers: Endgame, which took $2.9 billion at the box office to unseat Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time.
According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has turned to the producer to work on a new movie in the next phase of the Star Wars universe.
“We are excited about the projects Kathy and the Lucasfilm team are working on, not only in terms of Star Wars but also Indiana Jones and reaching into other parts of the company,” Walt Disney Studios co-chairman and chief creative officer Alan Horn told THR. “With the close of the Skywalker Saga, Kathy (Kennedy) is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together.”
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Feige will work with Disney and Lucasfilm head Kennedy on the next phase of the Star Wars franchise, with the current trilogy – which began with J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens in 2015 – set to conclude with The Rise Of Skywalker in December.
Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009 and Lucasfilm in 2012. Since then, both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the new Star Wars sequels and spinoffs have garnered global box office success.
Feige joins The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on the roster of creative talent earmarked to work on future Star Wars projects.
Final 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' trailer teases epic ending
Mark Daniell
October 22, 2019
October 22, 2019 2:21 PM EDT
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Over four decades after it began, George Lucas’ Skywalker saga is coming to an end later this year. And to stoke anticipation for the last instalment in the mainline Star Wars series, Lucasfilm and Disney have released the final trailer for December’s The Rise of Skywalker.
The new clip opens with Rey (Daisy Ridley) running through a forest as Finn (John Boyega) says, “The Force brought us together.”
From there, we get to see plenty of new action-packed scenes, including Poe (Oscar Isaac), Finn and Chewbacca blasting their way through a swath of Stormtroopers, Rebels on horseback, and a fresh faceoff between Rey and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) on top of what appears to be the wreckage of a Death Star as a stormy sea swirls around them. But there’s also a brief sequence which shows the adversaries teaming up to destroy what some are speculating to be Darth Vader’s helmet.
“People keep telling me they know me… no one does,” Rey says.
“But I do,” comes Kylo’s reply.
After teasing the return of the evil Emperor Palpatine earlier this year, we hear more from the Sith Lord.
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“Long have I waited,” Palpatine says as a camera pans over an empty throne. “And now your coming together… is your undoing.”
Elsewhere, we get a glimpse of First Order TIE fighters speeding towards an icy planet and a squadron of Resistance ships, one of which Vanity Fair pointed out might be The Ghost from the Star Wars Rebels animated series, flanking the Millennium Falcon. Even more tantalizing, though, is a brief look at a Hammerhead Corvette, similar to the one that was featured in Rogue One.
Day one Star Wars fans will want to grab a hanky during a scene in which C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) is being rebooted or powered down when Poe asks him what he’s doing.
“Taking one last look, sir,” Threepio says with a note of sadness, “at my friends.”
There’s also voiceover from Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill): “Confronting fear is the destiny of the Jedi. Your destiny … The Force will be with you.”
“Always,” Carrie Fisher’s beloved Leia Organa adds. Fisher, who died before filming began on Episode IX, appears in the finished film thanks to unused footage she shot for 2015’s The Force Awakens.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director J.J. Abrams promises The Rise of Skywalker will deliver a satisfying conclusion for fans of the 42-year-old franchise.
“This is about bringing this thing to a close in a way that is emotional and meaningful and also satisfying in terms of actually answering (as many) questions as possible,” Abrams says in next month’s issue. “So if years from now, someone’s watching these movies, all nine of them, they’re watching a story that is as cohesive as possible… We went into this thing knowing it has to be an ending. We’re not screwing around.”
Joonas Suotamo is Chewbacca, Oscar Isaac is Poe Dameron, Daisy Ridley is Rey and John Boyega is Finn in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
Still, the new trailer doesn’t offer up any more clues as to the origin of Rey. We likely won’t get an answer to that mystery until the film’s opening day, Dec. 20.
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