Showing posts with label daisy ridley. Show all posts
Showing posts with label daisy ridley. Show all posts

Tuesday, 28 March 2023

Star Wars movies rumoured at Celebration

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was the last big screen instalment in the franchise before the pandemic. Rumours suggest there will be an announcement regarding at least three new movies at Star Wars Celebration Europe.

One of the movies is expected to follow either Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) or Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). Could this be directed by Taika Waititi (Thor: Love and Thunder) or Shawn Levy (Deadpool)?

There's even a suggestion that a Star Wars movie will drop exclusively on Disney+ during the 4-day event in London. Perhaps the first instalment in the Thrawn trilogy?

Whatever is announced, I'm looking forward to it.

As I've written previously, Star Wars Celebration Europe is fantastic fun (with a bit of judicious planning and budgeting) and a unique opportunity to meet fellow fans and forge new friendships through all things Star Wars. For example, I'm still in contact with fans I met from Australia in 2016.

We'll be covering the official Lucasfilm fan event that also celebrates the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. So stay tuned for further updates.

What are your thoughts regarding a new Star Wars movie? What would you like to see? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Daisy Ridley stars in Twelve Minutes

5 years ago, I was with friends at Star Wars Celebration Europe, which will always be a treasured memory.

Whilst the Star Wars sequel trilogy may have ended, Daisy Ridley (Rey) is starring in Twelve Minutes, an upcoming video game releasing for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

Read the synopsis:

“In Twelve Minutes, you keep living the same specific time period over and over again. While a man and his wife are sharing an evening in peace, a man comes in and claims to be a cop. He accuses the woman of murder. After this, the 12 minutes start repeating. You need to fully understand the situation and the underlying truth. You also need to find some clues and take a closer look at the details.”

Twelve Minutes, co-starring James McAvoy (X-Men) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man), will be available on Game Pass on 19th August.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Disney teases 'real' Star Wars lightsaber

"Light. Darkness. A balance." Disney revealed a first look at its 'real' lightsaber with a Disney Parks cast member cosplaying as Rey on Star Wars Day. The 13-second clip caused quite a sensation amongst fans (myself included) on social media.

"Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort will take you to a galaxy far, far away starting in 2022 for an all-immersive, two-night vacation experience that goes beyond anything Disney has ever created before."

Impressive. Most impressive.

Is Disney's new retractable lightsaber the ultimate Jedi cosplay accessory for Star Wars Celebration and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday, 8 March 2021

Star Wars' Daisy Ridley on Celebrity Bake Off

Everyone will be touched by cancer, directly or indirectly, at some time in their life.

Personally, I've lost family and friends to the insidious disease and continue to support related charities.

So, I'd be remiss in not mentioning this year's Celebrity Bake Off is back for Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) from Tuesday on Channel 4 with host Matt Lucas, best known to Doctor Who fans (myself included) as Nardole.

Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley is among the celebrity contestants and taught celebrity chef and presenter Paul Hollywood some lightsaber moves.

“The bonus for me is Daisy taught me how to use a lightsaber,” Hollywood says. “We used a rolling pin,” he admits, in place of the Jedi's iconic weapon.

The self-confessed Star Wars fan already has some experience of martial arts. “I used to work with a nunchaku, I trained with nunchuck. It’s a martial art weapon,” the 54-year-old says. “So, I was familiar with that movement, But I wanted to know how you do the spin. She showed me how it’s done. And it’s actually an optical illusion to make it look like it’s flipping around, but it was great. Everyone will see the truth!”

The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer starts 9th March on Channel 4 and you can catch up on All 4.

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Daisy Ridley reprises Rey on Comedy Central

Daisy Ridley reads fictional Star Wars quotes, as her character Rey, on Comedy Central whilst promoting the long-delayed Chaos Walking co-starring Tom Holland (Spider-Man: No Way Home).

Ridley's comedic timing is pitch-perfect, and she drops f-bombs with aplomb!

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Daisy Ridley reveals Rey could have been a Kenobi

Almost a year after the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Daisy Ridley reveals Rey was almost a Kenobi.

"At the beginning, there was toying with an Obi-Wan connection, and then it really went to that she was no one," the actress told friend and Murder on the Orient Express co-star Josh Gad on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

"When it came to episode nine, JJ pitched me the film and was like, 'So yeah, Palaptine's [your] grandaddy.' Then, two weeks later, he was like, 'Yeah, we're not sure.' So it kept changing. Even when I was filming, I wasn't sure what the answer was going to be."

This has sparked further heated debate amongst fans about the divisive conclusion to the Skywalker Saga. Ridley was amazing as Rey and that's a testament to her acting ability. She stars next with Willem Dafoe and James McAvoy in upcoming video game 12 Minutes for PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

The Rise of Skywalker final battle begins TV Spots

The final trailer may have been released, but that hasn't stopped Disney's daily dose of TV Spots in the run-up to the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The latest, entitled "Adventure", features Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) dualling in front of Darth Vader's melted mask. The location is reminiscent of Cloud City and Ralph McQuarrie's original concept art for Star Wars.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens on 19th December in the UK.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Daisy Ridley talks to GQ about The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas this month and Daisy Ridley (Rey) talked exclusively to British GQ magazine about the emotional end of an era that began with director JJ Abrams' The Force Awakens in 2015.

You can read the full candid interview with Ridley here.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Daisy Ridley says 'Reylo' will be addressed in Star Wars

The sexual tension between Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) continues to fuel fan speculation in the run-up to the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this December. That tension reached boiling point in director Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

“It does not bother me, people writing theories,” Daisy Ridley said. “It’s really fun hearing them. Plus, because I know what’s sort of going to happen, I think it’ll be really interesting to see people’s reaction to [the final film]. Obviously, there’s this whole Reylo thing and some people are very passionate about it, some aren’t.”

Ridley goes on to suggest the romantic connection is addressed in The Rise of Skywalker. “J.J. does deal it [it],” she added. “It’s a very complex issue. People talk about toxic relationships and whatever it is. It’s no joke and I think it’s dealt with really well because it’s not skimmed over.”

Original trilogy fans (myself included) all too clearly remember Luke and Leia's tangled romantic relationship and how it was revealed they were twins in Return of the Jedi. Nice one, George!

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Rey turns to the dark side in The Rise of Skywalker?

During the D23 Expo, Lucasfilm dropped a special look at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Deftly mixing the legacy of the original trilogy with the prequels and sequels, the special culminates with Rey (Daisy Ridley) brandishing a Sith lightsaber, seemingly seduced by the dark side of the Force.

Disney+'s first live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian has piqued my interest, but may not be available until early 2020 in the UK. So, The Rise of Skywalker is my most anticipated franchise instalment for many reasons. It is the culmination of a cinematic journey that began in 1978, igniting a lifelong love of the creative arts, cherished childhood memories and friendships forged amidst the clash of lightsabers and John Williams' soaring strings.

Is Rey a clone as suggested in The Last Jedi and a puppet of Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid)? Let me know your theories in the comments below.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Daisy Ridley teases emotional ending to Star Wars

Whilst promoting her new movie Ophelia, Daisy Ridley (Rey) talked to USA Today about the backlash against director Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi and that Rey's parentage will be revealed in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: “[Director JJ Abrams] did say the question is answered. So at the end of the film, you do know what the dealio is.”

Ridley went on to describe how the final chapter in the Skywalker saga differs from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi: “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.”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas this December.

Friday, 28 June 2019

Daisy Ridley won't be in the new Star Wars trilogy

The first instalment in the next Star Wars trilogy, from Game of Thrones' David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, won't see the return of familiar faces from the sequels when it enters cinemas in December 2022.

"I mean, I can say I’m not in the next trilogy," Daisy Ridley (Rey) told BuzzFeed News in a recent interview. "No. I think, 'cause Rian always said … if it’s the Rian one … or it’s the guys that did Game of Thrones. I’m not sure. Whichever one it was, they always said it was going to be a separate story. So I’m not. No."

Ridley wasn’t clear about whether or not she would ever return to the franchise after the conclusion of the Skywalker saga, in The Rise of Skywalker, this December. "I mean, it’s a great universe. I’ve had a great time,” she said. Here's hoping Ridley reprises the role, as she has previously with Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, for Disney+.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Win a signed Stormtrooper helmet with Comic Relief

Disney and Lucasfilm have donated a First Order Stormtrooper helmet from Star Wars: Episode IX, signed by director JJ Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver, in aid of Comic Relief.

Fans can donate to Comic Relief and enter the competition here. May the Force be with you.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Oscar Isaac at Star Wars Celebration Chicago

According to Fox 32 News and Good Day Chicago anchor Jake Hamilton, Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) will be attending Star Wars Celebration in Chicago this April. The first trailer for Episode IX is expected during an official panel for the conclusion to the Skywalker saga.

It's a pretty safe bet to assume other sequel trilogy cast members will be on the panel including Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn) and Daisy Ridley (Rey) alongside director JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

Attending Star Wars Celebration and would like to cover the event? Please contact me.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Star Wars: Episode IX wraps filming

Director JJ Abrams (The Force Awakens) announced last Friday that the final instalment of the Skywalker saga had finished filming in an emotional tweet that featured a photo of cast members Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn) and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) in a poignant embrace on set.

“It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on ‘Episode IX,’” Abrams said. “There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all.”

John Boyega, who plays Finn, a rogue First Order Stormtrooper who joined the Resistance in the sequel trilogy, also commemorated the occasion by sharing the same image to his followers on social media.

“That’s a wrap on ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ and the end to a chapter of my life that I couldn’t be more thankful for,” said Boyega in his tweet. “What a process! It really has been a joy to be in these movies surrounded by amazing people. J.J. thank you for making my dreams come true.”

Rumours suggest the teaser trailer and title will drop alongside Captain Marvel in March.

Star Wars: Episode IX will be in cinemas this December.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Star Wars: Episode IX begins filming

Director JJ Abrams took to Twitter to announce the start of filming for Star Wars: Episode IX.

"Bittersweet starting this next chapter without Carrie, but thanks to an extraordinary cast and crew, we are ready to go. Grateful for @rianjohnson and special thanks to George Lucas for creating this incredible world and beginning a story of which we are lucky to be a part. #IX"

John Boyega (Finn) can clearly be seen in what appears to be the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon alongside someone who may be Daisy Ridley (Rey).

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Keri Russell reunites with JJ Abrams for Star Wars

Variety reports Keri Russell (The Americans) is joining the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX.

Russell played the titular Felicity in director JJ Abrams' television series in the late nineties. An era that saw The WB network redefine US teen drama with Buffy, Dawson's Creek, Roswell and Felicity.

Abrams is writing and directing the final instalment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and rumours are rife Russell may play Rey's (Daisy Ridley) mother. The last time they worked together was on Mission Impossible: III and the role calls for "action-heavy fight scenes."

Episode IX is expected to start filming at the end of the month with actors Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver expected to reprise their roles.

Star Wars: Episode IX will be in cinemas 20th December 2019.

Friday, 12 January 2018

John Williams to score Star Wars: Episode IX

Hollywood composer John Williams, fresh from scoring Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is slated to compose Han Solo's theme for director Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story with John Powell composing the rest.

Speaking to trade paper Variety, Williams hopes to compose the entirety of Star Wars: Episode IX, which is currently in pre-production with JJ Abrams at the helm after Colin Trevorrow's departure. Thus completing an enviable body of work spanning 9 movies. The veteran composer is especially fond of Rey (Daisy Ridley) and her theme from The Force Awakens is a fan favourite.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

The circle is complete in subversive Star Wars

This review contains spoilers for the latest instalment in the Star Wars saga. The Last Jedi is best enjoyed free of such spoilers and expectations. You've had fair warning.

Beware Porgs.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens with a bombastic flourish reprising the space battle from Return of the Jedi and culminates in a last stand echoing the claustrophobia of the battle of Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. It’s what happens between these tentpole battles that elevates director Rian Johnson’s subversive and seemingly divisive sequel to The Force Awakens above standard Hollywood fare, and not only lays the foundation for Episode IX but also the director's own trilogy.

Johnson, like Irvin Kershner before him, approaches the space opera from a deeply psychological perspective and not without wit. The horrors are mostly of the mind. It's a thoughtful examination of hubris. From Supreme Leader Snoke's (Andy Serkis) folly for underestimating his apprentice Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) to Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) debunking of heroic legends and the Jedi order. The latter retrofitting the prequels with gravitas.

Luke Skywalker's heroic return is anything but. His father's lightsaber is tossed away and, as he resists training Rey (Daisy Ridley) in the ways of the Force, a chilling revelation regarding Ben Solo and how he became Kylo Ren is revealed.

Rey and Kylo Ren’s relationship is emotionally charged and there’s a palpable attraction. An attraction that borders on romance. Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley are the charismatic leads of the sequel trilogy and here they take centre stage as Johnson cleans house after JJ Abrams rebooted the franchise. Their lightsaber duet, not duel as many may have expected, in the wake of Supreme Leader Snoke’s demise after he's deceived by Kylo Ren, is a death-dealing ballet of choreographed beauty and brutality.

It was impossible to predict what would happen next as Kylo pleaded with Rey to join him on the dark side whilst Rey held onto the belief that the Master of the Knights of Ren could return to the light. Underscored by a sexual chemistry the prequels sorely lacked.

It’s not without flaws. The Canto Bight casino subplot was apparently a return to the prequels and as such dragged the drama to a crawl. In the midst of an assault on the Resistance fleet, Finn (John Boyega) and newcomer Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) go off for a day at the races and meet Force-sensitive children, which does have a payoff at the end.

General Leia’s (Carrie Fisher) use of the Force, whilst an honourable intention when viewed in the context of Fisher's tragic death last December and one fans have yearned to see since the original trilogy, resulted in Mary Poppins in space.

Captain Phasma, played by the imperious Gwendoline Christie, was given short shrift and an unsatisfying exit a la Boba Fett.

Minor gripes in an otherwise character-driven tour de force (I went there. Sorry not sorry). Johnson dared to take risks with a franchise that's all too easily homogenised and subverted established tropes.

The Last Jedi climaxes with the embattled Resistance, now significantly reduced in number due to Poe Dameron's (Oscar Isaac) hotheadedness, escaping aboard the Millennium Falcon with General Leia and Rey, who has taken the sacred Jedi texts in the hope of rekindling the order.

John Williams' soundtrack is the beating heart of any Star Wars movie. Here, the maestro excels himself with fresh takes on familiar, beloved, themes spanning an expansive body of work and hints at the future of a franchise for which he is intrinsically linked. Without Williams' timeless orchestral score for a New Hope in 1977, George Lucas' space opera would never have been as epic and my childhood adventures would have been all the lesser.

Illuminated by twin binary suns, Luke Skywalker’s death, following his Force projected confrontation with Kylo Ren, is a profoundly moving tribute from the director to the enduring 40-year legacy of Star Wars. The circle is complete and the saga continues...

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Watch John Boyega dance like Michael Jackson

Daisy Ridley requested, via a pre-recorded video message, her Star Wars co-star John Boyega to dance like Michael Jackson during an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Boyega previously showed off his dance moves at the Star Wars: The Last Jedi wrap party a few weeks ago.

Boyega reprises the role of renegade First Order Stormtrooper Finn in The Last Jedi this December.