Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley talks ‘darker’ Episode VIII and says she doesn’t think Rey is a Jedi

Actress also discusses whether 'Rogue One' character Jyn Erso could be Rey's mother

Daisy Ridley has spoken about the next Star Wars film and more about her character Rey.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is expected to be released in 2017. British actress Ridley was introduced as Rey in last year’s Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Speaking backstage at the MTV Movie Awards in Burbank, California on Saturday (April 9), Ridley told MTV that the next film will be “darker” than Episode VII.

Asked if Rey was a Jedi-in-waiting, Ridley replied: “I don’t know if I am a Jedi… I don’t think I am.”

She continued: “We’ve had this debate as to whether Leia is because she uses her Force powers. Just because she’s not like, ‘Oh I’m going on an adventure’ like Luke doesn’t make her any less Forceful.”


Following speculation that new character Jyn Erso, who will make her debut in spin-off film Rogue One, could hold the key to Rey’s parenthood, Ridley said: “I’m not being funny you guys, but just because she’s white and got brown hair… it doesn’t mean she’s my mum”.

“I think the amazing thing about [Episode VII] is that Finn and Rey don’t come from anywhere, and they find a place. So to me, it’s funny that people think it’s so important because I don’t really think it is.”

Episode VIII will be preceded by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story this December. The film will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla).