An avid Star Wars fan does her best Daisy Ridley/Rey Skywalker impression in stunning cosplay images inspired by The Rise of Skywalker.
A Star Wars fan has done her best Rey impression in a stunning piece of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker cosplay. Following Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduced a handful of characters to Luke, Leia, and Han Solo. Like Anakin and Luke before her, the sequel trilogy’s protagonist, Rey (Daisy Ridley), was a Force-sensitive “no one” minding her business on a desert planet until fate intervened. Just four years after helming Disney’s first entry in their sequel trilogy, writer and director J.J. Abrams was brought in to wrap up Rey’s story and the Skywalker saga with The Rise of Skywalker.
The Rise of Skywalker reintroduced Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious as the figure behind Supreme Leader Snoke and the First Order. While retconning Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s notion that Rey’s parents were nothing but random junk traders, The Rise of Skywalker revealed Rey to be the granddaughter of Palpatine, the offspring of a “failed” clone. By doing this, the film leaned into Rey being yet another figure torn between the Dark Side and the Light thanks to some dysfunctional familial history. In the end, The Rise of Skywalker’s hero rejected the Palpatine name in favor of Rey Skywalker.
Reddit user and avid cosplayer Karenscarlet1 recently shared photos of herself dressed up as Rey in The Rise of Skywalker. The impressive cosplay images encompass Rey’s iconic costume and hairstyle, and show the cosplayer wielding Anakin and Luke’s lightsaber. The resemblance to Ridley’s Rey is strikingly uncanny, and the images got plenty of Star Wars fans talking online. Check them out below:
The Star Wars sequel trilogy was widely criticized by both reviewers and audiences for a lack of clear narrative direction, revitalizing appreciation for both the prequel films and original trilogy. Like The Force Awakens’ relationship to Star Wars: A New Hope, The Rise of Skywalker regurgitated familiar beats from the original films while tying up a chaotic number of loose ends by playing it safe. Irrespective of her lack of training, Rey’s journey in the sequels parallels that of Luke forty years ago. One could easily make the argument that there was more to Ridley’s character, and that the sequels only scratched the surface.
Regardless of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s critical reception, Rey remains a fan favorite and very important character in the Star Wars universe. As a representation of hope when all feels lost, she defies anything that threatens peace. Whether Rey’s story as a teacher continues either on screen or on the page remains to be seen. Until then, viewers will continue to express their love for the latest Skywalker by making fan art, buying merchandise and, of course, cosplaying as the iconic character. The above portrayal is just one stunning example, and surely one that would make Ridley herself proud.
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