Daisy Ridley's anticipated comeback in a new Star Wars era, know more

    Daisy Ridley's Rey returns 15 years post Rise of Skywalker to rebuild the Jedi Order. Obaid-Chinoy sets a milestone as the first female and person of color to direct a Star Wars movie.

    Daisy Ridley (Source: British GQ)

    Daisy Ridley (Source: British GQ)

    Over the past decades, the cinematic galaxy has witnessed stories that echo for generations. Today, as we walk down memory lane, let's revisit the moment when Daisy Ridley was announced to return as the beloved Rey, nearly 15 years after the dramatic conclusion of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. One could feel the anticipation and excitement at Star Wars Celebration when the news broke out. Ridley was set to dive back into the cosmic realm with an all-new movie, exploring the trajectory of Rey's life after the Skywalker trilogy.

    Lucasfilm's maestro, Kathleen Kennedy, dropped hints about the movie's landscape, stating, "Well we’re 15 years out from ‘Rise of Skywalker,’ so we’re post-war, post-First Order, and the Jedi are in disarray.” The ensuing narrative was intriguing: Rey, amid the scattered remnants of the Jedi, striving to rebuild the revered order, aligning with the promises she made to Luke Skywalker.

    A familiar spirit lingers on

    While the possibility of Mark Hamill's iconic Luke Skywalker making an appearance remained ambiguous, the essence of his character was bound to be influential. "Certainly, the spirit of what he represents to her is going to be significant," assured Kennedy.

    Daisy Ridley (Source: People)

    Conversations with Kennedy at the Celebration revealed a gleaming Ridley, filled with ecstatic enthusiasm. In her words, Ridley was “out of her mind excited” to reunite with the franchise. Such passion and zeal clearly showcased the profound connection actors, and creators alike, share with this monumental series.

    Breaking new ground in the galaxy far, far away

    Ridley's comeback wasn't the only headline-stealer. The announcement held significance beyond the realm of the protagonists. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's involvement as the director symbolized a monumental leap in the Star Wars narrative, making her the first woman and person of color to be at the helm of a Star Wars movie. This move reiterated the franchise's evolving stance towards inclusivity and breaking conventional norms.

    As Jon Favreau, the mastermind behind Disney+'s The Mandalorian series, aptly put it, "It’s just exciting. It shows you how strong that community is and how big of a bond you develop. For Daisy to come back... I’m excited to see where all at what happens there." It's evident that the Star Wars legacy remains unfazed, continually enchanting fans old and new, and making strides in more ways than one.

    (Several parts of the text in this article, including the title, were generated with the help of an AI tool.)