Daisy Ridley took home the best breakthrough performance award at the MTV Movie Awards for her role as the lightsaber-wielding heroine Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“It feels especially amazing to be part of a film that represents all genders – two genders – all races and all ages in a positive way,” Ridley said as she accepted the award.
The weekend was extra special for Ridley, who turned 24 on Sunday.
“Bringing in my 24th year with JJ @mtv Movie Awards!” Ridley captioned an Instagram photo of herself alongside director J.J. Abrams. “Thank you so much to everyone that voted for Breakthrough and Movie #starwars #theforceawakens.”
We have added x1,369 HD Bluray Screencaps of Daisy in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens to the gallery …
We have added x02 new MQ photos of Daisy at the first full-cast table read for Star Wars VII The Force Awakens …
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has scooped 11 MTV Movie Award nominations. The J.J Abrams directed sequel is up for Best Action Performance (John Boyega), Best Villain (Adam Driver), and newcomer Daisy Ridley will compete for Best Female Performance for her role as Rey.
She will be vying for votes alongside Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect 2), Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) and Morena Baccarin (Deadpool).
This year’s nominations were announced via MTV’s Snapchat Discover channel, marking the second time the broadcaster has used a mobile app for the announcement.
Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart will co-host the ceremony which will be held in California on April 10th, 2016.
Daisy Ridley may have hit the motherlode of film franchises when the then-virtual unknown was cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the 23-year-old Brit actress is in the running for another icon: Lara Croft. Deadline understands that the fresh-faced Ridley is one of a number of actresses being considered for the Tomb Raider reboot that Warner Bros and MGM are partnering on to produce and release, with GK Films’ Graham King producing.
While conversations have taken place, this is still very early and there have been no official negotiations or offer yet, with the producers keeping their options wide open at this stage. This is one of THE plum gigs out there for a young actress. The role was famously played by Angelina Jolie at her most kick-ass and pneumatic. Based on the long-running video game franchise, Tomb Raider follows the English archaeologist Lara Croft through a series of adventures heavily inspired by Indiana Jones (and, to a lesser extent, Allan Quartermaine).
The latest adaptation, which has been in development for several years, received a jolt of adrenaline when the video game series was rebooted by game developer Square Enix with 2013’s Tomb Raider, which depicted Croft’s first adventure as an archaeology student, and follow-up Rise Of The Tomb Raider. That younger take on the character’s origin and path to derring-do are believed to have given the film’s producers some creative guidance.
Cassidy Lange is overseeing for MGM, with Drew Crevello doing so for Warners. Denis O’Sullivan of GK Films is overseeing the production.
Ridley, currently shooting Star Wars: Episode VIII, is repped by CAA. Her only confirmed post-Star Wars gig to date is her coming aboard The Eagle Huntress documentary as an exec producer.
Daisy attended and presented at the 88th Annual Academy Awards last night in Hollywood. We have added x178 photos from the rehearsal, red carpet and awards show. Plus x28 from the Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter.
Daisy was all smiles at the US Ireland Alliance Pre Academy Awards Party yesterday (February 25th 2016). We have added x105 photos from the event to the image gallery …
Are you excited to hear Daisy Ridley as Taeko and Dev Patel as Toshio in Only Yesterday next week? Ridley spoke about how she felt about the film in a short video interview with GKIDS, and commented on the progressiveness of it, even today:
For a film to center on a woman in the ’60s and ’80s, and have been already released 25 years ago and with cinema still being where it is today with people not being represented right…is very exciting.
The Studio Ghibli movie first came out in 1991 (it’s older than Ridley!), and its themes about country life, coming-of-age, and female childhood made it the highest grossing domestic movie in Japan that year. The story resonated largely with the audience in the face of the financial crisis, conformist attitudes, and the state of Japanese agriculture. All these factors might make you think United States viewers may find Only Yesterday dated, or not relatable, but Ridley thinks there’s something in there for everyone:
It’s funny because I guess Ghibli films, a lot of the time, are fantastical and everything–but the human stories are so human. They are what so many people around the world can identify with. I think the reason this is such a loved film and will continue to be so is because it doesn’t feel foreign. It feels exactly right, like, you know, ‘how do you make you dreams come true’ and stuff like that and, I guess, you live. You go day-to-day, try new things, and you meet new people, and eventually you’ll kind of end up where you should be, so I think anyone around the world–girl, boy, young or old goes through transitional periods of self-discovery and because of that this film will speak to everybody.
Only Yesterday is opening nationwide February 26th. You can also view screencaps, here.