Daisy Ridley is having the craziest year.
Catapulted to fame thanks to her lead role as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this weekend saw her step out onto the Academy Awards stage with Dev Patel to present the award for Best Documentary Feature.
An adrenaline which shows no sign of slowing, with the actor in the midst of shooting on Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII. Speaking to MTV News on the Oscars red carpet, she enthused about her second turn with the franchise, particularly the chance to finally interact with Luke Skywalker himself.
"Me and Mark have been rehearsing a lot, and it’s really amazing," Ridley stated. "When we went back to Skellig to do the opening of [Episode] VIII, it was so crazy doing the same scene with a different crew of people. He’s amazing to rehearse with, and I’m very excited to be doing the rest of the stuff."
"It’s such a good story,” she added. "Seriously. Luke is so cool in this one. Really."
She did admit, to her own disappointment, that the film won't just be two hours of the pair staring at each other; though Ridley's mention of a Skellig shoot's return to The Force Awakens' final scene won't be a revelation to anyone who saw the official production announcement.
Still, her enthusiasm over her work with Hamill does tease a strong narrative interlinking the two; as opposed to Rey's arrival at Luke's hideout to return his lightsaber being a simple drop-off job. Which is very good to hear.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is set for UK release 15 December 2017.