Did Daisy Ridley reveal a secret Jedi mystery fans have been dying to know?
Actors Josh Gad, Judi Dench, Chris Pratt, Penelope Cruz and more try to get "The Last Jedi" actress to spill the beans.
Last week, shockwaves were sent through the universe after Disney announced that the name of the next installment in the Star Wars franchise would be "The Last Jedi." The film, picking up immediately after the events of "The Force Awakens," is being helmed by American director Rian Johnson and his longtime friend Ram Bergman, a prolific Israeli producer.
Rather than quell speculation and give momentary calm to a fanbase eager for each and every rumor, the name of the film only excited it; launching a million cries of conjecture into what it could all possibly mean.
One of those voices belongs to Josh Gad, an American comedian best known as the voice of Olaf in "Frozen" and Le Fou in Disney's forthcoming live-action reboot of "Beauty and the Beast." Unlike the rest of us throwing around theories in online echo chambers, Gad has access to one individual who actually has all of the answers: British actress Daisy Ridley.
While filming "Murder on the Orient Express" with Ridley, who plays the mysterious Rey in the new Star Wars trilogy, Gad took it upon himself to see if he might trick her into giving away secrets regarding the plot of "The Last Jedi." As you can see below his efforts, while noble, failed to produce the desired effect.
Gad, however, remained undeterred. One week later, under false pretenses of an apology, he again attempted to get Ridley to crack under pressure.
Yet again, much like her interrogation scene with Kylo Ren in "The Force Awakens," Ridley kept her cool and easily defeated Gad's attempts.
Not one to be dismayed, Gad later recruited the indomitable British actress Judi Dench to extract the truth out of Ridley.
"Have you been tested for Midichlorians? Is [Supreme Leader] Snoke Palpatine? Are you the last Jedi? What's the deal with Rey-Lo?" Dench says in the below video.
Finally, Gad unveiled his ultimate weapon: a celebrity ambush that included former Broadway star Leslie Odom Jr., "Guardian of the Galaxy" hero Chris Pratt, and a certain director behind "The Force Awakens."
"Does Luke finally get to say any lines in 'Episode 8'?", exclaims JJ Abrams. "Please tell me, Daisy."
While Ridley has remained tight-lipped, Mark Hamill, the multi-talented American actor who plays the heavily-bearded Luke Skywalker, has enjoyed being a bit playful in speculating about the film's title. In a recent interview with Uproxx, Hamill explained how he wasn't initially aware that the phrase "Last Jedi" appeared in the opening crawl of "The Force Awakens." He also seemed to hint that the title could be something of a misdirect.
"I saw on Twitter this morning, 'until Skywalker, the last Jedi, is destroyed.' I thought, well, I didn’t know that! I’ve only seen it twice – VII, I mean. And I was wondering why they would use that phrase if it was used that way, because it specifies me," he said. "And I think it’s very ambiguous. Is the last Jedi Leia? Is it me?
"Is it someone we’ve never met before?" he added. "Or is it Rey? Because she seems to have the force as well. So we’ll all wait and see."
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