By now the rumors about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – 61% abound and it is impossible to know with complete certainty what is true and what is not, but there is a rumor that goes back to months before the premiere of the film and that took hold after the premiere: that the production was problematic, that George Lucas ( Summer Madness – 96%, THX 1138 – 88%, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith – 79%) intervened to help improve it and that in the end Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm decided what was left and what was not in the final cut. From this rumor, what is confirmed even by those involved in the project (such as actor Dominic Monaghan and others) is that a lot of material was discarded, so it is a credible rumor.
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Daisy Ridley (Murder on the Orient Express – 58%, Ophelia, The Antics of Peter Rabbit – 62%), protagonist of the sequel trilogy, gave his best and his life changed completely after appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 92%, however the following two installments in which she participated divided the fans and it seems that even she herself has mixed feelings about it, especially for episode IX, since many of her most important scenes would have been eliminated by Kennedy.
According to a new rumor, Ridley is frustrated and upset with the Lucasfilm president because she and the others worked extensively on some of the sequences that were omitted from the final cut, such as a scene from Dark Rey that took place on the planet. Exegol, a Palpatine-induced vision in which Rey would confront herself. The actress is also angry with Kennedy for the box office results and the reception the film received, because she feels that her career was affected by it.
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Ridley recently recounted in an interview that after The rise of Skywalker She did several auditions and in none of them did she get the job, so she began to feel desperate, until she was hired as a voice actress in the video game Twelve Minutes. This does not confirm that the actress is furious with Kathleen Kennedy, but it would not be something strange either, since several informants have declared in recent years the displeasure that there was for the decisions of the president of Lucasfilm about the franchise.
The rumor that Daisy Ridley she is furious with Kennedy comes from the informant Mike Zeroh, who in the past has revealed accurate information about Star Wars, such as when in 2019 he revealed the end of The rise of Skywalker months before the premiere. What also gives some credibility to what Zeroh said is what the actress said on the podcast DragCast with Nina West (via Comic Book) in April:
Honestly, [la recepción del público] It has changed film to film, as 98% is so incredible, this last film was really complicated. January was not so pleasant. It was strange, before I felt all this love that they had shown us once, then I said ‘Where did the love go?’
Of the many rumors about the film, some even contradictory, what remains consistent is that the director had a clear idea of what he wanted, but the pressure from Disney to please the fans led Kennedy to intervene more. First it was called George Lucas, who was in charge of adding and modifying several scenes, but in the end the president of Lucasfilm decided to reject everything contributed by the creator of the franchise and she was the one who decided that several very important scenes for JJ Abrams and for the team in general were omitted.
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Will we ever know the truth of The rise of Skywalker? Let’s remember that Star Wars productions in the Disney era have gone through numerous controversies, such as the problematic filming of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – 85% and their reshoots, the firing of the directors of Han Solo: A Star Wars Story – 56% and then its failure at the box office, the dismissal of the original director of episode IX and even the dismissal of the first screenwriter of the series of Obi-Wan Kenobi. What do these controversies have in common? TO Kathleen Kennedy.
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Rumor: Daisy Ridley is furious with Kathleen Kennedy for ruining Skywalker’s rise