Daisy Ridley Trades in STAR WARS for Shakespeare with ‘Ophelia’

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Rey, as we know, is the central character of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Although, after two movies, the character still remains shrouded in mystery. The recent trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hasn’t shed any light on Rey’s origins, either. Conversely, it’s only fueled more speculation. Some even suspect that we got to see Rey’s parents’ ship in the Episode IX trailer. Notwithstanding, while the world focuses on her Star Wars character, Daisy Ridley continues to make a name for herself outside of the galaxy far, far away.

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Rey (Daisy Ridley) n STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

Daisy Ridley showed us her acting chops in Kenneth Branagh’s 2017 mystery Murder on the Orient Express as the “governess”. (That film’s sequel, Death on the Nile, comes out next year.) This time, however, she’s trading in Rey’s top knots for Shakespearean maiden’s braids. Ridley will star as the title character in IFC’s upcoming film Ophelia. You can watch the official trailer here:

Daisy Ridley Stars in Hamlet Retelling

The Ophelia trailer debuted earlier this week exclusively via USA Today. The film examines the tragedy of Hamlet, this time from the lady-in-waiting’s perspective. Hamlet, as we know, is the story of a Danish Prince whose uncle Claudius murders Hamlet’s father to usurp the throne. William Shakespeare weaves a woeful tale as Hamlet deals with murder, betrayal, love and madness. Ophelia (Daisy Ridley) is, of course, Hamlet’s ill-fated lover.  

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Daisy Ridley appears in the title role of Ophelia. (Image: IFC Films)

Despite Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy’s implications to the contrary, we don’t expect to see sequel trilogy characters like Rey, Poe or Finn to continue on following The Rise of Skywalker. Therefore, it’s nice to see Daisy Ridley taking on other, and certainly challenging roles. From what little we’ve seen of the actress in works outside of the franchise, we can tell she’ll have no problem finding work following Star Wars.

Ophelia opens in theaters June 28, with a rapid, follow-up release on digital media thereafter. Rey returns in Star Wars: Episode IX December 20.

Source: USA Today

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