- Daisy Ridley thinks concerns about sexism within the Star Wars community are often blown out of proportion, based on her own positive experiences with fans.
- The franchise aims to move beyond nostalgia and focus on new stories and inclusivity, regardless of the gripes on social media.
- The upcoming slate of new Star Wars movies will explore different narratives in hopes of satisfying a varied fan base, though Rey Skywalker’s story and many details remain unknown.
Although the Star Wars franchise is renowned for its spectacular on-screen battles, some of the fiercest exchanges happen off-screen in the world of social media. With a vocal and opinionated fan base, various accusations of the franchise being toxic, racist, or sexist have arisen. In response, actress Daisy Ridley has come forward to voice her perspective on the topic.
Ridley, who will reprise her role as Rey Skywalker in the upcoming film New Jedi Order, recently discussed the issue of sexism within the Star Wars community. She believes it is frequently exaggerated, considering her own experiences have largely been positive and supported. This is a stark contrast to the impressions often formed through online debates.
The discussion regarding the sequel trilogy’s reception has resurfaced in anticipation of Ridley’s return, with some fans voicing unrest and expectations of disappointment for the new movie. The naming of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy as the film’s director seems to have ignited these discussions and renewed accusations of sexism. However, Ridley has never experienced this issue herself and does not believe it is a problem for the majority of fans.
In an interview with NBC News, Ridley emphasized the warmth and encouragement she has received from most fans. When asked specifically about online opinions, she stated: “I think my take is, things get blown out of proportion and the interactions I’ve ever had with people have been nothing but wonderful and supportive. I’ve only ever been embraced. And I think we’re going to make a great film.”
Ridley’s involvement in the new Star Wars movie is more than just a continuation of her character’s story. It also symbolizes a reassurance to fans that the franchise is evolving beyond the movies from the ’70s and ’80s, focusing on fresh narratives and becoming increasingly inclusive, despite the negative comments found on social media.
Ridley’s return as Rey Skywalker is anticipated to deliver a fresh and engaging story for fans. However, specific details about the film’s plot are yet to be revealed. As just one aspect of the upcoming slate of new Star Wars productions, the focus on diversity in storytelling is aimed at satisfying as many fans as possible. Whether these upcoming projects prove successful remains to be seen and will not come to light for several years.
Currently, the entire Star Wars franchise is available for streaming on Disney+.