Disney's Hollywood Studios just added Rey to its cast of characters in the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away live show. Daisy Ridley returns in December as the popular new hero in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is expected to finish post-production this summer. Rey continues to rise up the ranks of the franchise's most iconic characters.
Rey, who may or may not be Luke Skywalker's daughter, is perhaps the biggest key to the narrative of the next two Star Wars movies. So it only makes sense that she is gradually appearing more and more as part of other Star Wars properties ahead of the release of The Last Jedi, including the highly anticipated Battlefront II video game. But in the theme park realm, she was conspicuously absent from the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away live show at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida - until now.
The official Disney Parks blog announced on Friday that Rey is joining the character lineup of the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far, Away show as it returns to Disney Hollywood Studios after a brief hiatus. The blog describes Rey's appearance as the new hero "clenching a lightsaber in her outstretched arm," recreating the final scene of The Force Awakens. She joins Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, and BB-8, along with classic characters like Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and others.
Appearing several times a day at the Center Stage area of Disney's Hollywood Studios, the all-ages Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away show recreates iconic scenes from throughout the saga with live appearances from distinctive characters of all eras. The Disney Parks blog also announced new additions to the nighttime show, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, incorporating characters and moments that "put you right in the middle" of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Fans of The Force Awakens may view this move as overdue. The addition of Rey comes just in time for families flooding the park for their upcoming Fourth of July vacations, so fans of Rey will certainly be in for a pleasant surprise if they haven't heard the news.
Adding Rey to Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away certainly can't hurt Disney in their promotion of The Last Jedi. They were best served adding Rey to the list of characters from the new trilogy to be incorporated into the show. It's no guarantee that Rey's popularity will continue throughout the saga or that The Last Jedi will live up to the standard set by The Force Awakens, but Rey's addition to the live show is a welcome one nonetheless.
Source: Disney Parks
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