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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Perhaps the only thing more unsettling than meeting your enemy is coming face-to-face with your hero.

That’s where the Star Wars saga left us at the end of The Force Awakens, with Daisy Ridley’s Rey standing atop a craggy, windswept island, holding out Luke Skywalker’s long-lost family lightsaber to the man she knew only as a legend. But in The Last Jedi, she actually has much further to go to find the warrior who inspired all those old stories.

This isn’t the Luke she’s heard about. It’s not the one we know either.

This is a broken man. One who would have preferred to stay lost. And he feels the same way about that lightsaber.

“The fact that Luke says, ‘I only know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi to end…’ I mean, that’s a pretty amazing statement for someone who was the symbol of hope and optimism in the original films,” Mark Hamill tells EW as part of our new cover story on the Dec. 15 film.

“When I first read it, my jaw dropped,” the actor says. “What would make someone that alienated from his original convictions? That’s not something that you can just make up in an afternoon, and I really struggled with this thing.”

Luke definitely does not give Rey the warm welcome he received when he went in search of Alec Guinness’ Ben Kenobi in 1977’s original Star Wars. She is warned. She is given an explanation. Nevertheless …

“She’s so hopeful to everything,” Ridley says. “And obviously there’s a hint of, ‘What the hell?’”

This rejection hits Rey’s abandonment issues. Hard.

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Cannes First Look: Daisy Ridley Is Hamlet’s Forbidden Lover in ‘Ophelia’ (Exclusive Image)

A dynamic reimagining of the Shakespeare tale tells the untold story of her tragic romance with the prince.
Daisy Ridley plays the forbidden love of Hamlet in The Hollywood Reporter‘s exclusive first-look image of Ophelia.

Set in the 14th century but spoken in a contemporary voice, Ophelia is a dynamic reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet that tells the untold story of her tragic romance with the prince.

Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, George MacKay, Tom Felton and Devon Terrell also star in the film, which follows Ophelia as the Queen’s (Watts) most trusted lady-in-waiting. Beautiful and intelligent, she soon captures the attention of the handsome Prince Hamlet (MacKay) and a forbidden love blossoms.

Owen plays Claudius, Felton portrays Laertes and Terrell plays Horatio.

Directed by Claire McCarthy, the adaptation comes from Lisa Klein’s 2006 book Ophelia; Semi Chellas wrote the screenplay. Daniel Bobker, Sarah Curtis, Paul Hanson and Ehren Kruger are producing.

Covert Media is handling international sales at the Cannes Film Festival. CAA is handling domestic rights.

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Daisy attended the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of The In-Between Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (May 1).

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It’s here! The official teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been released. The film is set to be released on December 15.

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Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled the first look at Star Wars Forces of Destiny, a new initiative celebrating the inspiring stories of iconic heroes from across the Star Wars universe. The new original series of animated shorts are about 2-3 minutes in length and will explore new adventures of key characters including Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano and others.

Developed by Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars Forces of Destiny will remain true to the Star Wars stories and show how the characters choices shape their destinies, opening up a whole new world of opportunities for each character. The series will launch in July and be available on Disney’s YouTube Channel ahead of its two-part TV special featuring eight additional shorts on Disney Channel in fall 2017.

Daisy Ridley (Rey), Felicity Jones (Jyn), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano) and Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata as narrator) reprise their roles by lending their voice to their animated characters.

Star Wars Forces of Destiny is for anyone who has been inspired by Leia’s heroism, Rey’s courage, or Ahsoka’s tenacity,” said Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm. “We’re thrilled that so many of the original actors are reprising their roles in these shorts which capture the small moments and everyday decisions that shape who these characters are. It is a fun new way for people to experience Star Wars.”

Additionally, each animated story will be supported with a line of toys from Hasbro, including new “Adventure Figures” – a fusion between traditional dolls and action figures, creating a whole new way to play Star Wars. 

Fans attending Star Wars Celebration in Orlando this weekend will get to see a sneak peek of Star Wars Forces of Destiny during the “Heroines of Star Wars” panel on Friday, April 14.

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Mark & Daisy announce three once-in-a-lifetime Star Wars experiences that you can win—one of which Daisy can absolutely vouch for. Maybe. ENTER: http://bit.ly/WIN-Star-Wars-40th

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Today, April 10th, Daisy is celebrating her birthday. I’d like to wish a Happy birthday to Daisy! Thank you for being a wonderful person and a fantastic role model for us fans!


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Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp and Judi Dench Enchant in First Footage From ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Audiences at CinemaCon 2017 got to see an enchanting sneak peek of Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” starring Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench and Michelle Pfeiffer.

The trailer for Fox’s remake of the 1974 mystery film is not yet available to the public. It opens with Ridley, Dench and Leslie Odom, Jr. sitting in the cafeteria wagon of the Orient Express. It’s lavish and beautiful and full of elegance, and the trailer soon skips to Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer making eyes at each other in the hallway of the train. However, the train soon comes to a screeching halt as it becomes evident there has been a murder on the train — and of course, everyone claims they are innocent.

At one point, the footage showed the perspective of detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh), who is interviewing the main cast of the movie. There’s crying, reiterations of innocence and pure shock as the passengers learn what has occurred on the train. 

Branagh is directing the remake. Ridley Scott of Scott Free and Simon Kinberg of Genre Films are producing with Mark Gordon and Branagh. Michael Green, who wrote the new “Blade Runner” movie for Scott, is adapting Christie’s 1934 detective novel.

The story follows gifted detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of an American tycoon aboard the titular train. Branagh stars as the detective, while Depp plays Ratchett, the murdered man.

Pfeiffer plays Mrs. Hubbard, a passenger aboard the train. Previously, Angelina Jolie had been attached to the role. Ridley stars as Mary Debenham and Dench portrays Princess Dragomiroff. Odom Jr., Lucy Boynton, Tom Bateman and Derek Jacobi are also part of the ensemble.

Christie’s novel was published in 1934. James Prichard and Hilary Strong of Agatha Christie Ltd. will executive produce.

The film is set for a November 22 release.

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