Daisy Ridley Opens Up About Filming Star Wars: Episode VIII

by : Tom Percival on : 05 Apr 2016 13:26

While we have no idea what the title of Star Wars: Episode VIII is, let alone the plot, we do know that filming has begun on the next eagerly awaited instalment of the sci-fi franchise.

Now Daisy Ridley has teased the next film by comparing the experience of filming it with The Force Awakens. Interestinglylike her alter-ego, Daisy seems to have become more comfortable with her new life shooting blockbusters, Entertainment Weekly reports.


She said: 

They’re honestly two very different things… [The Force Awakens] was like the beginning of the whole thing, and it was terrifying and incredibly rewarding. I felt like I pushed myself beyond boundaries I thought I had. Now I feel more together and present. Now I look at things and think, how are people going to react to that?

It’s nice to hear that Episode VIII will be it’s own thing, and it’s even better to hear that Daisy feels ‘responsible’ for both Rey and the future of the franchise.

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She explained:

Carrie [Fisher] calls herself the custodian of Leia, and now I feel like the custodian of Rey… I know what people liked in [The Force Awakens] and now I feel like I’m carrying that responsibility, which is nicer cause I feel like I’m more part of it. I couldn’t say I’m enjoying either one more. It’s all this incredible journey. And then if I am in 9, all three will be one amazing journey that involves thousands of people. I think of Episodes VII, VIII, and IX as part of one experience, not three different ones.

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When asked the similarities between her and Rey, Ridley replied that both her and her character ‘get attached to people’. She’s not wrong, in The Force Awakens, she spends at best a couple of days with Finn, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and General Leia but manages to bond with all of them.

Ridley also admitted that she’s seen Episode VII four times and that she still cries at Han’s big scene, but then again who doesn’t…

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Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

Topics: Film and TV


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    Daisy Ridley compares filming Star Wars: Episode VIII and The Force Awakens