How Daisy Ridley & Adam Driver Created The Magic In The Rey & Kylo Force Connection Scenes

Star Wars: The Last Jedi featured numerous storylines, but the dynamic between Rey and Kylo Ren was arguably the highlight.


In the movie, Rey & Kylo Ren are seen on numerous occasions talking to each other through a mysterious Force connection (that is later revealed to have been created by Supreme Leader Snoke). It’s the first time we have ever witnessed anything like it in a Star Wars movie and each time Rey and Kylo connected, it was cooler and more meaningful than the last. How were Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) able to create such chemistry for such a dynamic? Rian Johnson spoke with People Magazine this week, and he explained that the two would actually sit face to face.

“Every single time we shot one of their sides, the other person was off camera,” he explains. “Even to the point where Adam flew to Ireland just to be off camera for Daisy’s stuff, which was essential because they’re such intimate conversations. And that also meant we had to shoot each of those scenes twice basically, which meant the rehearsal time was really important. And my editor Bob Ducsay did an amazing job then of making it feel kind of seamless after the fact.” – Rian Johnson (read the full interview here).

That’s a pretty awesome way of doing things, and it’s nice to hear of both actors’ dedication to going above and beyond. These sequences were vital to the further development of each character and where they are headed for Star Wars Episode IX. Star Wars: The Last Jedi keeps on rolling at the box office and has surpassed the $1 billion mark, making it the highest grossing film of 2017 while pushing Disney over a combined $4 billion in gross earnings for The Last Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, & Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Disney purchased Lucasfilm for approximately $4 billion in 2012. Star Wars fans anxiously await a trailer for May’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi won the Fans Choice Geekaward for 2017 Movie of the Year. What did you think of Ridley & Driver’s respective performances in Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Let us know in the comments below.


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