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Daisy looked great in a black suit as she walked the red carpet during the 11th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards on February 25, 2016 in Santa Monica. She accepted an award as one of the honorees of the ceremony. ‘The Force Awakens’ director J.J. Abrams said during his speech that “Daisy’s life is a bit like Rey’s: She’s on a crazy adventure, and it’s just beginning” and we couldn’t have said it better, congratulations Daisy!

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E! ONLINE – Who knew Daisy Ridley wanted a singing career?

The 23-year-old Star Wars: The Force Awakens star apparently has quite the pipes.

“One day on set, she just started singing and had the most beautiful voice I ever heard,” Star Wars director J.J. Abrams said last night at the U.S.-Ireland Alliance’s Oscar Wilde Awards, where Ridley was among this year’s honorees.

Just the other day, Ridley told Abrams, “On Saturday, this weekend, she is going to record a song with an unnamed person, but let’s just say a massive superstar.”

What a tease!

Ridley showed off her voice when she and her Star Wars co-star Oscar Isaac sang a duet of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” while promoting their movie during a Twitter chat in December.

Ridley will then present at the Oscars on Sunday before going back to the U.K. to star as Rey again in Star Wars: Episode VIII. “The other day she looked at me and said in the sweetest Daisy-est way, ‘What is my life?'” Abrams said, continuing, “Daisy’s life is a bit like Rey’s—she’s on a crazy adventure and it’s just beginning.”

Ridley didn’t mention her singing aspirations last night, but did marvel at how much her life has changed since being cast by Abrams in the what has become the biggest box office hit in Hollywood history.

“I can never thank you enough for your faith, your patience, your kindness and your guidance throughout this crazy incredible thing,” she said to Abrams.

Also honored last night the event, which took place at Abrams’ Bad Robot offices in Santa Monica, were James Corden, Snow Patrol, Room director Lenny Abrahamson and Penny Dreadful actress Sarah Greene.

Interviews

IRISH EXAMINER – Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley has seen a lot of changes in her life since she was rocketed to fame in The Force Awakens.

Daisy, who plays Rey in the series, will soon serve as a presenter at the Oscars but said she has received helpful advice on staying grounded from Simon Pegg.

Speaking at the US-Ireland Alliance Oscar Wilde Awards, she said: “Since the film came out it feels like I haven’t had time so it’s just another thing to add to the roly-poly weirdness. The hindsight is going to be more clear than it is right now.”

Addressing how her life has changed since the blockbuster was released, she added: “It’s different now because people have seen me in a film but people don’t tend to recognise me that much because I don’t tend to look like this and I’m filming a film which is what I was doing before anyway, everyone really freaked me out but really it’s fine.

Simon Pegg said, in the wise words of Han Solo, “here’s where the fun begins” and he just said “enjoy it”, it’s nice because even the days when people recognise you it’s for a good reason.

Daisy is currently filming the eighth film in the series, which is being directed by Rian Johnson.

Comparing Rian to The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams, Daisy said: “It doesn’t feel that different, they are both Star Wars fans and kind of nerds and both warm and funny.

“They are obviously different in their whole lives but both really kind and you see that in the crew and once again I feel very warm and welcomed into a crew.”

Movies, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Videos

Movies, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Videos

Appearances

VARIETY – Six previous Oscar winners are among the 17 presenters announced Friday by Oscarcast producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin.

The winners who will present at the Feb. 28 Academy Awards are Patricia Arquette, Cate Blanchett, Common, Russell Crowe, Louis Gossett Jr. and Eddie Redmayne.

Also on board are Abraham Attah, Emily Blunt, Louis C.K., Chris Evans, Jennifer Garner, Michael B. Jordan, Rachel McAdams, Dev Patel, Daisy Ridley, Sarah Silverman and Sofia Vergara.

“Through their work, these artists have shown us the unique, transformative power of cinema,” said Hill and Hudlin in a statement. “We are delighted they will be joining us on the Oscars stage this year.”

The 88th Oscars, hosted by Chris Rock, will air live on ABC.

This is the third announcement of presenters. The first group was unveiled Jan. 28. The second group, announced Feb. 1, includes Steve Carell, Priyanka Chopra, Quincy Jones, Byung-hun Lee, Jared Leto, Julianne Moore, Olivia Munn, Margot Robbie, Jason Segel, Andy Serkis, J.K. Simmons, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon.

Movies, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

TOTAL FILM – Despite getting its release date pushed seven months back to December 2017, Star Wars: Episode VIII has kicked off filming only a month later than originally planned. While several key shots were filmed late last year – to link the film to its predecessor The Force Awakens – Rian Johnson’s eagerly-awaited sequel has officially started principal photography today.

The news hails from Disney CEO Bob Iger, who made the announcement to investors during Disney’s quarterly earnings call. “There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products,” he said. “Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in theaters December 2017. And production of Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun.” John Boyega, who returns to play stormtrooper-turned-Resistance fighter Finn, also confirmed the start of filming on Twitter.

As for the Colin Trevorrow-directed Episode IX, Iger’s comments aren’t exactly definitive. Does this mean it’s already entered pre-production? That seems a stretch, given that the movie isn’t due to hit cinemas for another three years. Seeing as Trevorrow is wrapping up work on his next film The Book Of Henry, it’s likely that he’s just diving into the story and concept stage for Episode IX.

Iger then goes on to discuss Gareth Edwards’ anthology tale Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. “Filming is virtually completed and we absolutely love what we’ve seen so far. This is the first of a set of planned stand-alone stories and we’re already in preproduction on our next one, for release in May of 2018.” That “next one” is the young Han Solo movie which has Phil Lord and Chris Miller attached to direct.

Directed by Rian Johnson, and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Benicio Del Toro, Star Wars: Episode VIII opens on December 15, 2017. The Gareth Edwards-directed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16, 2016. Star Wars: Episode IX opens on May 24, 2019.

Media

Daisy and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ are among the nominees for the 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards, which will be held on March 12 at 8 p.m. Make sure to vote here!

Favorite Movie
Ant-Man
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Cinderella
Daddy’s Home
Jurassic World
Pitch Perfect 2
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2

Favorite Movie Actress
Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect 2
Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2
Scarlett Johansson, Avengers: Age of Ultron
Lily James, Cinderella
Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect 2

Eagle Huntress, Other Projects

DEADLINE – In the final feather in the cap of a memorable dealmaking Sundance Film Festival, Sony Pictures Classics acquired North American rights to The Eagle Huntress, in a mid-seven-figure deal that includes select international territories including Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Germany, Scandinavia and Asia. SPC will plot a significant theatrical release for one of the best reviewed docus of 2016 Sundance, and this is just the first step for a film whose themes of female empowerment will allow it to travel far.

I’m told that Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley will narrate the documentary, this coming days after she signed on to be executive producer to use her clout to help boost the film. At the same time, several companies are negotiating for the right to turn the story of 13-year-old Aisholpan Nurgaiv and her eagle into an animated feature, and Ridley will provide the voice for the young heroine. CAA brokered the deal for the docu, and will make the deal for the animated feature.

This caps a storybook festival finish for the first documentary to premiere in the Sundance Kids section when it debuted January 24 at the Prospector Square Park Theatre. What director Otto Bell captured on screen is unprecedented, and the film will be a buzz title come the next awards season. The deal means that SPC’s Michael Barker and Tom Bernard walked off the mountain with four films, including the Frank Zappa docu Eat That Question, the Wall Street drama Equity, and the John Krasinski-directed The Hollars.

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