Star Wars | Daisy Ridley Opens Up About Her Epic Duel with Kylo Ren in The Rise of Skywalker

Rey and Kylo Ren will battle it out in the mother of all lightsaber battles in the culmination of the Skywalker Saga.

Despite the traditional veil of secrecy being employed at Lucasfilm, Daisy Ridley has been doing the rounds of late and opening up about her final appearance as Rey in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The recent issue of Vanity Fair revealed several vivid images from the movie, but the one that caught everybody’s eye was the image of Rey battling it out with Kylo Ren during a torrential rainstorm.


In the weeks that followed, speculation about the epic duel has been rife, especially with the return of Emperor Palpatine thrown into the mix; so when prompted for a titbit of information regarding the duel, Ridley was eager to share what she could about the confrontation.

While speaking on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, the actress peeled back the veil of secrecy as much as she dared to reveal her love for the scene and how lighter weight lightsabers were key in producing the most authentic duel captured in the sequel saga to date.

“We have a great fight. A great fight. And I was really happy that the Vanity Fair pictures did show a bit of it. It’s a great fight. Like I’ve become such a better fighter and they made the lightsabers lighter, so it actually looks like we’re swinging light and not like heavy, heavy swords. This fight, we did, it was November, we had water being thrown at us, and I got a great deal of respect because I did not, I was ‘I’m not gonna complain about the cold, I’m just not gonna do it (laughs)—so it was like a real thing of stamina. It feels really epic, and it felt epic even at the time. Imagine, we had the waves like this, and they’re gonna make the waves bigger, and one can only imagine what it’s gonna look like.”


When asked about the tone of The Rise of Skywalker compared to The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi Ridley said:

“Genre-wise, it’s different from the other two, which will become clear when the film comes out. It’s quite emotional. There’s a different drive than the previous two films, but there’s a lot of fun. I really missed John (Boyega) during the last one, but we’re back together and now Oscar (Isaac) is part of it. To me, it felt like kids going on an adventure.”

She concluded the interview by touching upon the age-old question of Rey’s lineage. The mystery surrounding her parentage has been the dominant issue of the sequel saga, but Ridley went on to confirm that all will be revealed in The Rise of Skywalker:

“(Director J.J. Abrams) did say the question is answered. So, at the end of the film, you do know what the deal is.”

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This is a welcome update. Traditionally, Lucasfilm employs a strict non-disclosure policy concerning its upcoming slate of Star Wars movies, but this sudden loosening of the reigns is a refreshing change of pace. And, with Ridley willing to enlighten us and give us a small taste of what lies in store for us when the movie hits our screens this Christmas, anticipation will be higher than ever.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker concludes the Skywalker Saga on December 20th.


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