Published On: Thu, Apr 21st, 2016

Daisy Ridley talks ‘Star Wars 8’ Rey, being Jedi or not, is Jyn Erso her mother

Fans are still speculating over Daisy Ridley’s Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, especially after getting a tease of Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in this year’s Rogue One. 
“I’m not being funny you guys, but just because she’s white and got brown hair… do you know I mean…? It doesn’t mean she’s my mom,” Ridley told MTV News backstage at the MTV Movie Awards, although she did add, “Maybe she is!” with a laugh.
star-wars-the-force-awakens-rey-daisy-ridleyRidley has reason to be confident about the subject, admitting that she knows who Rey’s parents are, having found out during the shooting of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, although she’s unconvinced that it really defines the character.
“To me, it’s funny that people think it’s so important because, I guess it is, but I don’t really think it is,” she said.”Regardless of where you come from, where you go is the thing. You’re moving forward, and you can make family, you can find people you love. So the progression Rey’s making, the people she’s meeting, and the relationships she’s making now, are kind of more important than where she comes from.”

Ridley also hinted that next year’s Episode VIII is a “darker” movie than The Force Awakens, and dropped an unexpected tease of what’s ahead.

“I don’t think I am a Jedi,” she said. “I don’t think I am. We’ve had this debate as to whether Leia is because she uses her Force powers. Just because she’s not like, ‘Oh, I’m going on an adventure’ like Luke doesn’t make her any less Forceful.”

Director Rian Johnson takes over for J.J. Abrams with a largely returning cast to join Ridley: Adam Driver,Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o with newcomers Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern.

Original cast members Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels and Mark Hamill also confirmed to have roles.

Star Wars: Episode VIII will be released Dec. 15, 2017.

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