Star Wars helped Daisy Ridley train for physical roles in other movies

She also hopes her co-star from Star Wars will make a return.
BAFTA Hosts Special Screening Of "Young Woman And The Sea"
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While on a press tour for her latest film, Young Woman and the Sea, Daisy Ridley explained how working in Star Wars prepared her for such a physical role. In this latest film, she portrays Trudy Ederle, the first woman to swim the 21-mile trek across the English Channel.

Sharing with The Hollywood Reporter, working on the Star Wars sequel trilogy did help prepare her as she did some stunt work for those films. She said, "I feel like, generally, the stuff I learned for Star Wars is transferable. I did an action movie [Cleaner] before Christmas with Martin Campbell, had to really beat some people up, and you’re learning new skills but they’re transferable, what you already have."

However, Young Woman and the Sea is "just so different," according to Ridley. “But swimming is just a different thing, so it felt like really starting at the beginning. And I remember a month into filming thinking, ‘Oh, I think I’ve actually figured out how to swim,’ but it takes a while.”

Star Wars action and swimming weren't the only things Ridley was asked about. When the topic touched on her upcoming Rey Skywalker film, directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, she was asked about the return of her sequel trilogy co-star John Boyega. Does she wish to have him back in her next adventure?

“Absolutely, of course. It feels like we should, yeah," she shared emphatically. However, this is not a confirmation of Boyega's return. Ridley still hasn't even gotten a script yet, according to Collider.

While it would be great to have Boyega back, I sure do hope better precautions are taken for him. He was the target of disgusting racist vitriol from people claiming to be "Star Warsfans" when the sequel trilogy came out. He very publicly called out Disney and Lucasfilm for their lack of protection, risking his own career in the process. Since then, there has been growth from the Star Wars front as the company stood by Moses Ingram during Obi-Wan Kenobi, doing a much better job of protecting her. With better steps taken, perhaps Boyega will return for the next journey in a galaxy far, far away.

Stay up to date with Daisy Ridley's upcoming Rey Skywalker film here at Dork Side of the Force.

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