Judi Dench As A Jedi Knight? Daisy Ridley Certainly Thinks So And Campaigning For It To Be True

Credit: Josh Gad

The Star Wars universe has already managed to assemble a pretty impressive ensemble over the (to date) nine films. We’ve seen the likes of Sir Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, James Earl Jones, Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jimmy Smits, and Samuel L. Jackson all travel to a galaxy far, far away. Not to mention that it launched the careers of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega, among others. However, if Ridley has any say in it, we could see another big name pop up in Episode IX.

Ridley revealed during an appearance on Good Morning America yesterday that she is hoping that her Murder on the Orient Express co-star Judi Dench will make an appearance in the upcoming film.

While some of her MOTOE co-stars were trying every trick known to man to get answers about next month’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi out of Ridley (yes we’re looking at you Josh Gad), Ridley shared that Dench wasn’t familiar with the franchise (how is that possible?!). Gad has famously shared a number of videos over the course of the film’s production where he is trying to extract The Last Jedi intel from Ridley to no avail. For a few of these, they attempted to incorporate Dench as well, with varying success.

“We did a few with her, literally crying with laughter. Like I thought there was no way we were getting through them,” Ridley said of the experience with Dench. “Like, she didn’t know what anything was. She kept asking, ‘How do I pronounce this?'”

So, apart from the fun they had together on the MOTOE set, what inspired Ridley to want Dench to join the franchise? Is it her stellar acting? Her character work? Nope, it was s scarf. “She put her scarf up, and no one told her to do that, and we said, ‘You literally look like a Jedi Knight,’ so we’re campaigning to get her into Episode IX,” Ridley confessed. Check out the video below and see if you agree.

Whether Ridley gets her wish or not we have a two-year wait to find out as Episode IX is not due in cinemas until December 20, 2019. Fortunately for us we don’t have to wait that long till our next Star Wars fix. Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits cinemas December 14 in Australia and December 15 in the UK and US.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. In addition to 4YE, she has previously worked at PopWrapped as a Managing Editor and the UK's Kennel Gazette as an Editorial Assistant. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works promoting and advocating for the Arts, Social Science and Humanities sector in Australia and New Zealand. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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