While filming Murder (in theaters now), director Kenneth Branagh offered to let Ridley use a lightsaber in a key scene (she declined) and co-star Josh Gad peppered her with Star Wars questions all shoot long.
USA Today had a few queries as Ridley gets set to ride as Rey again in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (opening Dec. 15). Here’s what we learned from the interview.
Ridley is so pro-porgs (Rey not so much).
The free world fell in love when the chubby porgs creatures made a screaming debut in The Last Jedi trailer last month. It hit Ridley, too. She lists a porgs toy as one of her prized possessions.
“It’s bringing a lot of pleasure right now,” says Ridley, calling the character “adorable” and “hilarious.”
The love affair started on set with the goofy looking puppet, operated by the same crew who handle droid BB-8. “It’s wonderful to be working around practical things on set that have such personality,” says Ridley,
But Rey won’t fall for the creature’s charms. “Rey, honestly, is too wrapped up in her own journey to pay attention to porgs,” says Ridley. “Which is a sad thing.”
Snoke will provide the worst kind of ‘test’ for Rey.
Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) ain’t pretty and acts worse. “He looks mental. Snoke is an evil guy, if you can call him a guy,” says Ridley.
Last Jedi’s trailer shows Rey screaming under Snoke torture. Ridley says the torture scenes were long enough to leave her hoarse. “It was painful. My throat hurt after that one,” says Ridley.
“Snoke is one of those tests for Rey,” she adds. “And when I say testing, it’s the worst use of testing ever.”
Watch for Kylo Ren and Rey time.
Is there something special going on with Rey and the Dark Side-dwelling Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)? The two seem to have a special connection in the trailers.
Ridley choses her words carefully.
“These are two people who represent two very different sides of life, good and evil,” she says. “That’s going to be explored more in this.”
Luke Skywalker is annoyed with Rey.
Rey is expecting Luke Skywalker to be thrilled to get his lightsaber back in Last Jedi. But he’s not happy to see her. “She thinks there’s going to be a warm welcome. But Luke went to this island to get away and he doesn’t want to be disturbed,” says Ridley.
Don’t fret. Skywalker takes “a tremendous journey from the beginning of the relationship to ultimately where they end up in the film.” Our personal theory: He had coffee.