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Daisy Ridley Says Star Wars Return Is “Not What I Expected”

Love her or hate her, the Force is strong in this one.

Fans of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy received a pleasant surprise in April when it was announced that Daisy Ridley (Murder on the Orient Express, Peter Rabbit) is set to return to a galaxy far, far away as Rey Palpatine Skywalker in a new film that takes place after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

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Since then, there has been little news as to what the movie will cover, although there are rumours and expectations that it will chart her journey in rebuilding the Jedi Academy and more. Recently. the Chaos Walking actress gushed to Collider‘s Steve Weintraub about excited she was to surprise fans at the Star Wars Celebration, and is extremely thrilled with the plot of her new film, despite it not being what she expected.

Daisy Ridley reprises her Star Wars role as Rey

“I will tell you, Steve, when I saw you in Park City, I had not been approached. I was asked some, not by you, but I was asked something when I was there, and strangely, people were asking me stuff, and I was like, “No, I’m not doing another one,” recalled the actress.

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“Then it all happened after I came back. It was such a nice reception. I was shitting myself before I went on stage, because no one knew I was going to that. No one knew I was going to Celebration, bar like Kathy [Kennedy] and there were a couple of people. I was so nervous. Oh my God. It was such a wonderful reception. I’m very excited. The story is really cool. I’m waiting to read a script because, obviously, I don’t have any other updates. It’s not what I expected, but I’m very excited.”

There has been speculation whether Ridley’s reprisal of the scavenger-turned-Jedi will be a standalone or the spark that would ignite a new Star Wars trilogy. The Ophelia star was rather coy with her response when asked if she knew what the future held for her character.

“I know the storyline for one film. That’s not to say that that’s all it is, but that’s what I was told about. And I imagine it will be the next film, I think. I mean, again, I don’t know, post strikes and everything, how quickly everything will start up again. But yes, so far, I know the story of one film and I think people will be very excited.”

Well, one thing is for sure: she cannot wait for fans of the Star Wars franchise to catch a glimpse of the upcoming film.