Sunday, November 19, 2017

Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, and Rian Johnson Discuss Rey and Kylo Ren in 'The Last Jedi'

By: Dominic Jones

Entertainment Weekly has new cover story about Star Wars: The Last Jedi in their new issue hitting shelves on Monday, and, as they always do, they have some extended interviews with the cast and crew being released online for fans who want a deeper dive into the story of the new film.  The first of which is an interview with writer/director Rian Johnson, Kylo Ren actor Adam Driver, and Rey actress Daisy Ridley, about the two characters and their roles in the new film.

About why Kylo fell to the dark side, Driver suggested that his character felt his parents (Han Solo and Princess Leia) were more committed to their roles in rebuilding the Republic than they were to him.  According to Driver,

"I think the idea of someone whose parents are very much devoted to the cause, that’s something a lot of people could relate to, whether it be religion or politics or a business. Not identifying with [that cause] yourself, I think can give someone a complex."

Ridley, for her part, spoke about how Rey is driven to do the right thing, however she has no real connection to the Resistance, suggesting that Rey's quest for belonging may lead her elsewhere.  She told EW,

"The Resistance is really not that much to her. I mean, she’s been left her whole life, and very quickly is eager to sort of help other people, which is wonderful. She wants to be part of something. I mean, everyone wants to be part of something."

Driver also addressed the connections between the two characters, saying,

"[Kylo] has been aware of this ability in himself from such a young age, and I don’t think there’s a lot of people around him who are on the same level. I think that there is something familiar there, as well as something to be feared, or something … that he can’t quite place."

Finally, Johnson spoke about whether he thought Kylo Ren could be redeemed, telling EW,

"There’s a big part of the story yet to be written and not by me. But I don’t think it’s very interesting if the whole story is just ‘Will Kylo get his comeuppance?’ He’s a more complicated character than that and I think he deserves a more complicated story than that. I don’t see the point of trying to get behind his mask and learn more about him if all we’re going to learn is 'Yeah, he’s just an evil bad guy that needs to be killed.'"

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15th.  The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Daisy Ridley as Rey, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Amilyn Holdo, Benicio Del Toro as DJ, and Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata.  

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