Daisy Ridley Plays Coy About Apparent Dark Rey In Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Trailer

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The final installment of a film saga 40 years in the making hits the screen in December of this year.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is the ninth Star Wars film, and the trailer which aired a couple of days ago at Disney’s D23 Expo at Anaheim in California has sparked some debate.

The trailer shows Rey in what looks like Sith garb, and sporting a rather fancy double bladed red lightsaber. Fans will know that the red lightsaber is a sure sign of Sithyness, and the fancier the lightsaber the more Sithy the wielder.

The trailer prompted one slightly jaded fan to tweet a hilarious Sith army knife meme which has gone down well in the twittersphere –

Mainly the mysterious moment has caused much speculation among fans on what’s going on. The few seconds near the end of the trailer has no determinable context. Is it Rey-in-training’s own ‘Luke Skywalker on Degobah’ style vision? Is it a dream? Has Rey really submitted to the Dark Side and gone full Sith?

During an interview with Yahoo, Daisy Ridley was asked if the scene was just a bit of misdirection, and what she had to say might come as a bit of a surprise…

“I mean the evidence is on screen.” she said. “Take that evidence as you will. But there’s no smoke without fire.”

Some might have heard this with a sinking feeling, especially after 2017’s disappointing and episodic The Last Jedi. I can’t help thinking more than one fan will be going to see The Rise Of Skywalker just to see if J.J. Abrams can pull it back together.

Daisy Ridley is optimistic about how it will all be wrapped up. During the interview she told Yahoo “Just wait and see what J.J. and [co-writer Chris Terrio] did. It’s really impressive how they wrapped it up altogether and hopefully [with] a fitting ending.”

We will all be able to see if Abrams has managed to redeem the franchise when Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker hits cinemas on 20 December.

Carolyn Hucker