It took approximately two seconds after the first image of Dark Rey was glimpsed by the internet for theories, complaints and excited squeals to emanate from Star Wars fans everywhere. Of course, we still have no idea how exactly the pale, cloaked version of Rey plays into the story, but star Daisy Ridley has now revealed what it was like to play the character in the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

"It's fun to play someone's best version, and then the worst. It's an amazing thing to do as an actress, but we can't do it often. [...] I felt very good. That's the most I can say, unfortunately."

Though Daisy Ridley understandably remains excruciatingly vague about the whole 'Dark Rey' situation, it is nice to know that she at least enjoyed the experience whilst the rest of us sat at home smashing our keyboards in frustration about what it all means. Is Dark Rey a clone perhaps? Or could she just be a vision in a sequence akin to Luke's realisation in The Empire Strikes Back? Maybe Dark Rey has been possessed by the recently deceased Snoke, or a resurrected Palpatine?

Or maybe, just maybe, The Rise of Skywalker really will see our beloved Rey turn her back on her friends, pick up a double-sided red lightsaber, and turn to the Dark Side.

Despite Ridley's short and unrevealing answer, it certainly seems to suggest that Dark Rey will feature in the film for a substantial amount of time, rather than being merely comprised of a non-speaking, flashing image or quick glimpse into a possible future. Perhaps poor, put-upon Rey will be battling more than just Kylo Ren in a battle of lightsabers and force-pushes. The dark and light sides of Rey have been an ongoing theme throughout this new trilogy, and it is exciting to know that her struggle will take centre stage in this final outing.

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The Rise of Skywalker picks up a year after the events of The Last Jedi as the last remaining remnants of the Resistance face down the First Order once again. Reckoning with the past and their own inner turmoils, the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith heads towards its climax, as director J.J. Abrams brings the Skywalker saga to a definitive end.

Alongside Daisy Ridley and both light and dark side of the force Rey, The Rise of Skywalker also stars Carrie Fisher in her final role, as well as Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E Grant, Keri Russel, Ian McDiarmind and Billy Dee Williams.

Though it may have felt like forever, We can finally put all the theories and speculation to rest once the film hits theaters on December 20, 2019. This comes courtesy of Adoro Cinema.

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