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Daisy Ridley on Last Jedi retcons: “It’s above my grade”

Daisy Ridley
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Somehow it’s been three years since Palpatine returned.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker was our last cinematic disappointment before the COVID-19 pandemic turned our lives into near-constant disappointment. While some of us used Chewbacca’s fake death as a cue to take a break from Star wars for a while others have continued to say, “No, seriously, Andor is really good.” One thing that The Rise Of Skywalker definitely did was end Star wars sequel trilogy that turned our social media timelines into a nightmare for the last decade.

Mileage may vary on these three Star wars movies, but they still feel too radioactive for Disney to do capitalizing on their success (these sequels grossed $4 billion). Well, outside of the theme park attractions that were clearly a decade in the making. Still, a common complaint with The Rise Of Skywalker was its handling of the conclusion of The Last Jedia retconning so blatant as to border on antagonistic.

Nevertheless, one person who believes both films have merit is lead actress Daisy Ridley. Although we’ve mostly stopped asking Adam Driver about his Star wars Daisy Ridley is once again forced to the front lines of one of the internet’s most unproductive conversations while promoting her new film, I think about dying. Luckily, Ridley is an old pro at this by now and responded Rolling stones‘s question about the last two Star wars movie diplomatic.

When asked if she appreciated the message from The Last Jedi was switched back off The Rise Of Skywalkershe said:

Well, JJ (Abrams) was the one who was like, she’s nobody’s business, so it wasn’t just The Last Jedi where that was the message. What was interesting about the last one, to me, was that you can be a hero and come from nowhere, or you can be a hero and come from literally the worst person in the universe. You are not your parents, you are not your grandparents, you are not your bloodline, and you are not the generations before you.

Honestly, this could have been a statement released about the nepo baby discourse. Or at least it would be if she didn’t keep saying she doesn’t write this shit. She just say the lines. “So I’ve always been like that, of course,” she said. “But it’s above my grade. I say the words, do the things. I love the version of you can be whoever you want to be, but I also love the version where you can fix mistakes and can’t help what you were born into.”

Will this revive the once fertile topic of Star wars? Probably not, but it adds up juice for the nepo baby conversation that we’everyone is dying to continue.

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