Daisy Ridley's Rey leads cast of female warriors in 'Last Jedi'

Daisy Ridley's Rey leads cast of female warriors in 'Last Jedi'

Daisy Ridley's Rey leads cast of female warriors in 'Last Jedi'

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters December 15.

When "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" opened and immediately became a phenomenon as well as the biggest (and most profitable) franchise in film history, Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia was not only romantic and attractive, but a warrior leader of the Rebel Alliance.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Episode VIII in the movie franchise that started in 1977) follows on from the 2015 film The Force Awakens, and opens with the Resistance trying to fight off Supreme Leader Snoke's First Order, which is trying to take over the galaxy. Add Star Wars as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Star Wars news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

It was a close call, but John Boyega made it the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi!

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Daisy Ridley, who returns to the big screen as Rey, told ABC News what it was like to be back on the carpet for her second "Star Wars" film. "As a girl growing up in London, I obviously knew there was a disparity".

Director Rian Johnson introduced the movie by bringing onstage the cast, and paid an emotional tribute to the late Carrie Fisher, the iconic General Leia Organa in the series, who died last December.

As a child playing in backyards of Denver, Johnson said he would invent Star Wars movies in his head while playing with toys.

"I think it's because the world we live in is a changing and evolving place that it retains the simplicity of those elements", she said. "The Last Jedi" is the late actress' final onscreen performance in the franchise. The most exciting part for me is the number of people saying they were surprised by The Last Jedi.

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