Daisy Ridley responds to negative reaction to The Rise of Skywalker
Daisy Ridley endured the complete Star Wars fan lifecycle during her time making the recent trilogy. What started as a fun experience quickly went south once people got a whiff of The Rise of Skywalker, a film that left many people disappointed and subsequently eager to lash out on social media. Ridley has finally opened up about the negative reaction via an interview with Men’s Health. Purchase your digital copy of The Rise of Skywalker here!
“[Reaction has] changed film by film honestly, like 98% it’s so amazing, this last film it was really tricky,” she explained. “January was not that nice. It was weird, I felt like all of this love that we’d sort of been shown the first time around, I was like, ‘Where’s the love gone?’
She explains that everyone involved gave it their all and was surprised by the backlash.
“I watched the documentary, the making-of The Skywalker Legacy, this week and it’s so filled with love; and I think it’s that tricky thing of when you’re part of something that is so filled with love and then people [don’t like it].”
Though, she still believes a lot of the reaction is a bit over-the-top.
“You know, everyone’s entitled to not like something but it feels like it’s changed slightly. I think in general that’s because [of] social media and what have you.”
We’ve seen this all before with the negative outrage thrown at the prequel series that soured even George Lucas’ love of the franchise, to the angry responses to The Last Jedi that forced actress Kelly Marie Tran to essentially go into hiding. But, I guess that’s just Star Wars fandom. At least Ridley hasn’t completely soured on Star Wars, as she appeared on Disney’s YouTube channel over the weekend reading the children’s book “BB8 on the Run.”
Returning cast members for The Rise of Skywalker include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast are Naomi Ackie (Doctor Who), Richard E. Grant (Logan), Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings), and Keri Russell (The Americans), who will also be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian. The role of Leia Organa is once again played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In addition to directing, J.J. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio (Argo, Justice League). Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, and Abrams will produce, with Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin executive producing. Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Rise of Skywalker.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available for digital purchase now and can be picked up on 4K UHD and Blu-ray.