Ridley spoke with Collider, telling the publication she was very nervous when she appeared at London’s Star Wars Celebration in April where it was announced that she would star in the new film, the first since 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker. Ridley said she hadn’t even been approached about the role as of February 2023, just weeks before the Star Wars event.
The upcoming film from Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, penned by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, will be set after the events of her previous movie in the franchise, Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, and as she builds a new Jedi Order. Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson were previously attached to the project.
“I was sh**ting myself before I went on stage, because no one knew I was going to that,” she said. “No one knew I was going to Celebration, bar like [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy] and there were a couple of people. I was so nervous. Oh my god.”
She added, “It was such a wonderful reception. I’m very excited. The story is really cool.“
When asked if the she thought the film would be the beginning of a trilogy, she said she’s only aware of one storyline so far.
“I know the storyline for one film. That’s not to say that that’s all it is, but that’s what I was told about. And I imagine it will be the next film, I think. I mean, again, I don’t know, post strikes and everything, how quickly everything will start up again. But yes, so far, I know the story of one film and I think people will be very excited.”