Star Wars 8: Daisy Ridley shows off her lightsaber skills

Go ahead doubters, just try and call Rey a Mary Sue again; she's positively daring you to do it

Clarisse Loughrey
Tuesday 26 April 2016 08:31
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Daisy Ridley shows off her lightsaber-wielding skills

Oh look, it's just a casual video of Daisy Ridley crushing all those who dared doubt the heroic potential of The Force Awakens' Rey.

For anyone foolish enough to question how Ridley's character could have defeated Snoke's precious Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), even ignoring the fact he was grievously injured and an emotional wreck, here's your answer: she's an all-powerful badass Jedi-to-be, ready to wreck the dark side when she finally gets to grips with her newfound powers.

Which is exactly why Rian Johnson's Episode VIII is so tantalising, with the promise she's going to become one of Star Wars' most formidable fighters once her (presumable) training with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is complete. Ridley seemed to confirm Rey's future of ass-kicking with her latest Instagram post, which rounded off her cataloguing of her training for the film with a show of her lightsaber-wielding skills.

Ridley's martial arts trainer seen here is stunt performer Liang Yang, who she describes as a "Wushu fricking master". She continues, "I always try to get him to teach me things... this was today! Obvs not great but he's amazing and he's also featured at the end our stunt team are the most incredible group of people, so lucky I get to train with them!"

Action skills which might also come in handy if she does indeed sign on as the new Lara Croft in the rumoured Tomb Raider reboot. Star Wars: Episode VIII is set for UK release 15 December 2017.

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