Daisy Ridley struggled to master her lightsaber

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 December 2017
Daisy Ridley at The Last Jedi world premiere

Daisy Ridley at The Last Jedi world premiere

Daisy Ridley has revealed that learning to wield a lightsaber for her role as Rey in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' was the "hardest thing" she has ever done as an actress

Daisy Ridley has admitted that learning to wield a lightsaber for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' was the "hardest thing" she has done as an actress.

The 25-year-old British star reprises her role as Force-sensitive Rey in the eighth film in the sci-fi saga and underwent a demanding training regime with fight coordinator Lian Yang which required her to really push herself.

Speaking to Vanity Fair at the world premiere of the eighth instalment of the franchise in the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday (10.12.17), Ridley said: "It was the hardest thing I have done physically. I really had to push myself. I was training around filming, but I was very, very happy with how strong I looked and felt. What you see in the movie is really me. No special effects."

The new movie - helmed by Rian Johnson - is focused on Rey and her relationship with Jedi Master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who she finds at the end of the last movie 'The Force Awakens'.

Hamill is not the only original trilogy character coming back in 'The Last Jedi' as the late Carrie Fisher is making her final appearance as General Leia Organa, following the actress' shock death last December at the age of 60.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 32min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Rian Johnson
  • Cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran
  • UK release: 14 December 2017

Rey (Ridley) meets Luke (Hamill) to learn all about the Force. Johnson expands on the casualties-of-war theme, making magnificent, roaring action sequences and leading the viewer through a blood-stained moral labyrinth. Driver returns with a vengeance, Dern is terrific and it hits the sweet spot between nostalgia and…

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