While Star Wars: The Force Awakens was warping past the competition at the box office, the world was introduced to two new leading ladies in the galaxy, Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie). My fellow Whatcha Reading staffer Steven and I have divided loyalties toward the new characters. If you have turned to the Dark Side, you can read his reasons to love Captain Phasma/Gwendoline Christie here. If you see the light and want to be one with the Force, here are five reasons to love Rey/Daisy Ridley.
I. Introducing Rey!
Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley, born April 10, 1992 in London, England, has the potential as Rey to be this new trilogy’s Princess Leia for many viewers and fans, while also serving as a Luke Skywalker as well.
*Many girls and boys are sure to dress and cosplay as Rey this coming year! It’s amazing to see a character transcend boundaries and a fantastic credit to the smartly written character by JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.
II. The Scavenger:
Rey is as tough and hardened as the metal scraps she collects on the planet Jakku. She is a survivor and is not afraid to stand up to those who make trouble for her. Unlike Rey, Daisy herself has quite the family. “I’ve got sisters. I’m the youngest of actually five. We have been watching the movies again, and my middle sister is super excited. Last year when we were filming, everyone came round and we had dinner and watched Episode IV, A New Hope, which was super cool.”
III. That Girl With The Staff:
She can steer a speeder and fly a ship just as skillful as Han Solo. And she’s a skilled mechanic, as well as being adept with the defense staff she carries! Personally, I have never seen anyone fly a ship like her since Anakin Skywalker in the prequel trilogy. And, we all saw that climactic fight! The force is strong with this one.
IV. Simple Beginnings:
Rey is just a woman trying to make her way in the galaxy. Daisy has never had a lead role before Star Wars The Force Awakens and actually wanted to go into a different profession. “I actually wanted to be a zookeeper when I was 5, which is funny now because I’m actually against zoos.” She’s easily the break out star of this film and I can’t wait to follow her career.
V. Rey Has Heart:
Rey did not know a thing about BB-8 or Finn, but helps them anyway because it was the right thing to do. Along the way, she finds out more about her own self, which I won’t spoil for those that have yet to see Star Wars The Force Awakens.
There you have it, folks! If you have seen Star Wars The Force Awakens and instantly fell in love with Rey as I did, we probably share the same reasons. Have you seen the “Rey” of light in Daisy Ridley or has Gwendoline Christie turned you dark? Steven and I would love to hear what you, the members of the Star Wars universe have to say about these great new characters and actresses.