Daisy Ridley: “Last Jedi” Backlash Was Fair

Daisy Ridley Last Jedi Backlash Was Fair

Out talking up the release of her new indie drama “Ophelia,” actress Daisy Ridley has offered some new comments about the film that changed the “Star Wars” franchise forever – 2017’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”.

Rian Johnson’s follow-up to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” became a lightning rod for discussion of numerous larger issues regarding both the franchise and the larger world of cinema including topics like toxic fandom, nostalgia vs. freshness, maintaining vs. subverting expectations, social media manipulation, agenda-pushing, the Disney-fication of the franchise, and the overall future direction of both George Lucas’ creation and the theatrical experience itself.

Speaking to USAToday this week, Ridley was asked about the talk and controversy that still surrounds the film. She reveals that she wasn’t surprised by the reaction due to the polarizing nature of the movie itself:

“I wasn’t surprised, no. It’s just a different thing. Everyone’s going to have an opinion now anyway on the internet, but I also think it’s fair. 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 left social media several years ago due to sexist and bigoted comments thrown her way, and that was before ‘The Last Jedi’ came out. Ridley reprises her role of Rey in this year’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” which aims to wrap up the entire nine-film saga and potentially quell the unrest in fandom. Of the new film, Ridley says it sports a quite different tone to the previous two films:

“Genre-wise, it’s different from the other two, which will become clear when the film comes out. It’s quite emotional. There’s a different drive than the previous two films, but there’s a lot of fun. I really missed John (Boyega) during the last one, but we’re back together, and now Oscar (Isaac) is part of it. To me, it felt like kids going on an adventure.”

She also confirms the shots in the Vanity Fair article of her and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) fighting amidst torrents of water from either pounding rain or waves is a recreation of an actual scene – namely her biggest lightsaber duel in the film which was shot in November last year.

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” arrives on December 20th.