Daisy Ridley bust onto the scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, going from a relative unknown to one of the rising stars of Hollywood in just one movie.
But while Rey has become one of the most important characters in the new Star Wars trilogy, Ridley might not be sticking around when it ends. The actor revealed that her time with Lucasfilm could be ending in an interview with Rolling Stone.
With the Star Wars franchise planned to continue after the release of Star Wars: Episode IX, Ridley was asked if she would reprise her role as Rey in a new trilogy in the future.
"No," said Ridley. "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."
She reiterated her position when asked if it's possible she could come around.
"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," Ridley said. "So in my head, it's three films. I think it will feel like the right time to round it out."
While Kathleen Kennedy and Bob Iger have previously intimated that the core new characters of Finn, Poe Dameron, and Rey could stick around for future films, they might have to look at casting another actor for the role.
After Star Wars: The Last Jedi, J.J. Abrams will return to the trilogy he began for Episode IX, and he himself said he's treating the movie as the end of the Skywalker saga.
"I do see it that way," said Abrams. "But the future is in flux."
Whatever happens, the future of Star Wars is far from being in jeopardy. With more rumored spinoff films to be in development and the announcement of writer/director Rian Johnson creating a brand new trilogy, Disney is making good use of their $4 billion investment.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres on December 15, and Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled to hit theaters two years later on December 20, 2019.0comments