Daisy Ridley’s Darth Rey Is Shocking ‘In A Fun Way’

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Over the course of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Rey (Daisy Ridley) established herself as a sympathetic, good-natured presence, but all signs suggest she embraces some aspect of the dark side in The Rise of Skywalker. Asked about this transformation in a recent interview with Total Film, her response was uniformly enthusiastic. “It’s f**king awesome,” she said. “I already had an amazing emotional story. But, when [Darth Rey] was pitched, I was like, ‘That sounds amazing.’ It’s fun to do something a bit different… you get to do all of the human emotions, rather than just, ‘I am all baddie. I am all goodie.’”

As Ridley sees it, fans don’t necessarily need to be shocked by Rey’s dark side. After all, this is a continuation of longstanding Star Wars tradition. “The whole of Star Wars is about good and evil,” she explained. “With every character, you see some struggle… it’s the most human thing to see someone struggle with two things within them that are pulling them both ways. If you understand why someone is going on the journey, you will be on the journey regardless. So, hopefully, you’re shocked in a fun way, but you’re also emotionally with her.”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrives in theatres on December 19. Check out the trailer below.