Daisy Ridley has revealed that she reacted emotionally when she found out J.J. Abrams was returning to the Star Wars director’s chair.
Abrams helmed the franchise’s acclaimed 2015 reboot Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He was succeeded by Looper director Rian Johnson on this year’s sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which opens on December 15.
It was announced in September that Abrams will complete the sequel trilogy by directing Episode IX, which is due in December 2019. Recalling how she found out, Ridley told Rolling Stone: “Everyone was saying it was going to be Rian and everything, so I was genuinely quite surprised. And was like ‘Oh my God!’ and I started crying immediately with three people in the office. And they were like, ‘What the fuck just happened?'”
Ridley, who plays franchise heroine Rey, continued: “So I emailed J.J. saying, ‘Oh my God I am crying.’ And he goes, ‘Oh my God, me too.’ And then we had a conversation a few days later and we stay in touch. But we stayed in touch the whole time anyway.”
Ridley has recently vowed never to go back on social media, which she dubbed “highly unhealthy for people’s mental health”.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that Ridley aced a three-day Star Wars lightsaber training session in just 90 minutes.
A new video sees the actress training for a scene that takes place on the same mountain she visited at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In the clip, the film’s assistant flight coordinator Liang Yang talks about how well Ridley took to her training.
“I was planning to teach her the whole routine in three days but she surprisingly learned everything in an hour and a half,” he said. “She’s a very quick learner.”