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Daisy Ridley, on the promotional tour for her new film Ophelia, is understandably fielding plenty of questions and interest regarding her final Star Wars film The Rise of Skywalker which hits cinemas across the planet this coming December.

Speaking with USA Today she touched on a number of topics including the reaction to The Last Jedi which saw certain elements of the fandom divided in their opinion of Rian Johnson’s film.

Q: “The Force Awakens” was a familiar, fun reintroduction to the “Star Wars” universe, while “The Last Jedi” was a darker, riskier installment. How does “The Rise of Skywalker” compare?

Ridley: 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.

Q: Writer/director Rian Johnson received a ton of backlash online after “The Last Jedi,” with many fans petitioning to remake the film and redeem Luke Skywalker’s character. Were you surprised at all by the controversy?

Ridley: I wasn’t surprised, no. It’s just a different thing. Everyone’s going to have an opinion now anyway on the internet, but I also think it’s fair. If people hold something incredibly dear and think they know how it should be and it’s not like that, it’s fair for people to think they were done wrong. It doesn’t mean they were – ultimately, Rian’s a filmmaker and one person can’t dictate how a film is supposed to be – but freedom of expression, sure.

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