Episode IX – Rey & Kylo’s Lightsaber Duel in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
[Possible Spoilers Ahead] Star Wars hero Daisy Ridley — aka “Rey” from nowhere — took the world by storm this week; the actor continued a press tour supporting her current film, Ophelia. However, on each stop, interviewers attempted to pry information about the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker — aka Episode IX — out of the tight-lipped Ridley.
Daisy Ridley Talks Episode IX
That said, on the Happy Sad Confused Podcast, Daisy was feeling talkative and spoke about her upcoming film:
“We have a great fight. A great fight. And I was really happy that the Vanity Fair pictures did show a bit of it. It’s a great fight. Like I’ve become such a better fighter and they made the lightsabers lighter, so it actually looks like we’re swinging light and not like heavy, heavy [swords].”
An Epic Duel
Working off the interview, Screenrant noted:
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will see Rey and Kylo battle once again, as teased in a promotional image that was recently released in Vanity Fair. Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Ridley hyped up the fight and explained how it was both grueling to film (due to the water being thrown around), but also easier than previous fights… Based on the water surrounding them, it looks like this fight takes place amid the ruins of the second [?} Death Star, which was shown in the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, having fallen into an ocean on Endor [Again: ?]. Ridley went on to explain that the fight was filmed with water crashing around herself and Kylo Ren actor Adam Driver and that the stormy conditions will be enhanced even further with VFX.
Daisy on the Death Star?
“This fight, we did, it was November, we had water being thrown at us, and I got a great deal of respect because I did not, I was ‘I’m not gonna complain about the cold, I’m just not gonna do it (laughs)—so it was like a real thing of stamina. It feels really epic, and it felt epic even at the time. Imagine, we had the waves like this, and they’re gonna make the waves bigger, and one can only imagine what it’s gonna look like.”
In contrast to Revenge of the Sith (Episode III on the lava planet of Mustafar), Return of the Jedi (Episode VI above the moon of Endor) this water-logged setting in Episode IX could portend a whole lot of stuff; as could the maniacal laughter from Emperor Palpatine.
From my vantage point, I am not sure what planet or moor Rey and the crew are on. But it’s fun to speculate. So, why not check out some of my favorite speculation, from New Rockstars (Again, possible spoilers ahead):
The bottom line: I can’t wait to see this movie. How about you?