Daisy Ridley wowed audiences around the world with her portrayal of Rey in 2015's The Force Awakens. The actress instantly became a fan favorite, and we've been looking forward to her tenure in the Star Wars universe, even beyond Episode IX, which is expected to close out this new trilogy. Unfortunately, it seems like Ridley's adventures as Rey will come to an end with that movie.
It May Be Time To Say Goodbye To Rey After 'Episode IX'
Since #TheLastJedi is right around the corner, Ridley — along with #RianJohnson, #MarkHamill and Adam Driver — sat down for an interview with Rolling Stone. At first, the article seemed like the usual promotional interview, with the actors and director talking about their experiences and expectations.
Surprisingly, though, the article contained a revelation that's sure to disappoint plenty of fans. Ridley is saying goodbye to her lightsaber-wielding character after Episode IX:
"As far as Ridley is concerned, the future of Rey is pretty much set. She doesn't want to play the character after the next movie. 'No [...] For me, I didn't really know what I was signing on to. I hadn't read the script, but from what I could tell, it was really nice people involved, so I was just like, 'Awesome.' Now I think I am even luckier than I knew then, to be part of something that feels so like coming home now."
When asked about whether her enthusiasm meant she was willing to sign on for more films, the actress replied it didn't. Overall, she feels like three movies are enough for her:
"No. No, no, no. I am really, really excited to do the third thing and round it out, because ultimately, what I was signing on to was three films. So in my head, it's three films. I think it will feel like the right time to round it out."
What Does This Mean For Rey?
At first, Ridley stepping down from the #StarWars universe after Episode IX seems like a no-brainer, especially since Lucasfilm is moving on to a new trilogy that will set itself apart from the Skywalker saga. Here's the thing, though: Lucasfilm might not be done with Rey after this current trilogy ends. As #KathleenKennedy revealed during an interview with The Star Wars Show, the studio is eager to continue Rey's story after Episode IX:
"We're talking about the next ten years of Star Wars stories, and we're looking at, narratively, where that might go. Future stories beyond 'Episode IX' with these new characters, Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-8."
Ridley may be in a similar situation to Daniel Craig. After starring in Spectre, Craig was adamant about needing time away from the 007 universe, even going as far as to say he'd rather cut his wrists than to get back into the tuxedo and Aston Martin. Then Bond 25 came around, and the actor ultimately decided to sign on for one last ride.
Keep in mind, that's not wild speculation on my part. Pressed about whether she'd reconsider going back to the Galaxy Far, Far Away someday, Ridley jokingly said that she'd have to see how things turn out in life:
"Who knows? I honestly feel like the world may end in the next 30 years, so, if in 30 years we are not living underground in a series of interconnected cells... then sure. Maybe. But again, it's like, who knows. Because the thing I thought was so amazing, was people really wanted it. And it was done by people who really love it."
Was it a jokey statement? Yes, but it shows Ridley is keeping her options open, which is a smart move. While it's sad to know the actress is departing the Star Wars franchise (at least for now), we still have a lot of Rey to look forward to in the next couple of years.
For now, the hero will return to the big screen in The Last Jedi, which hits theaters on December 15, 2017.
How do you feel about Daisy Ridley saying goodbye to Rey and the Star Wars Universe after Episode IX? Do you think she could come back for future films? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: Rolling Stone]