For some Star Wars fans, the most exciting aspect of The Force Awakens was seeing old characters up on screen for the first time in thirty years, while others enjoyed seeing all-new characters and their fresh perspectives. While many audiences loved Daisy Ridley's portrayal of Rey, the actress shared with Elle that she was disappointed with her performance and that The Last Jedi presented her with even more challenges.
"I didn't think I was good in the first film, and I was struggling with that," the actress shared about how the first film compared to The Last Jedi. "It's not this big adventure that I'm on with John [Boyega]. I was thinking I did the first one because I didn't really know what I was getting myself into and I was having loads of fun, and suddenly I'm realizing what this actually is, and I can't f**king do this. I'm highly dramatic – so it's all, 'Oh my God'…finally, I was like, 'Oh yeah, this is working.'"
As seen in the trailers for The Last Jedi, Rey will spend much of her time with Luke an Ahch-To instead of aiding the Resistance alongside Finn and Poe. Some of the moments fans are most looking forward to are the potential confrontations between Rey and Kylo to be able to see how she uses her newfound Force abilities.
"What you should pay attention to is that The Last Jedi is putting out the message that things might not always be so clearly black-and-white," Ridley told Yahoo! Japan about the characters' relationship. "The dividing line between good and evil is becoming more and more ambiguous, and you could say that the relationship between Rey and Kylo symbolizes that."
A prominent theme in the upcoming film is that of the ambiguity of morals, epitomized by Luke Skywalker claiming that the Jedi "must end." If his devotions could waver, this would mean virtually anything was possible.
"Kylo actually believes that his own actions are correct. What about Rey?" Ridley questioned. "Will she make the right choice? Through such multifaceted characters, [the movie] brings out truths that have never been seen before. The ideas that [Rian] Johnson, the director, has are really amazing!"
We'll see how Ridley's performance compares to her debut when The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.