At least for thirty years or so.
In a fantastic interview with Rolling Stone (which you should definitely read to completion), Daisy Ridley stated that after Episode XI, she’s planning on hanging up the Jedi robes and stepping away from Star Wars. At least for a good while. When asked if she had any interest in returning to the already iconic role of Rey after the trilogy’s completion, she had this to say:
“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.”
The interviewer thought this sounded like a yes, so they pressed her on the point, in which Ridley gave a firm no:
“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.”
At least, firm no for a few decades, barring the end of the world as we know it:
“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.”
So, in actuality, Ridley isn’t ruling out a return to the franchise, just don’t expect it anytime soon. Which, to be honest, shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. J.J. Abrams, director of The Force Awakens and the upcoming Episode IX, has stated he views his upcoming film as the conclusion to the Skywalker Saga as we know it. A trilogy of trilogies sounds nice, doesn’t it?
Disney sure seems like they plan on moving away from the Skywalkers for a while. After this trilogy wraps up, we can look forward to a new trilogy from Rian Johnson, one completely unrelated to anything we’ve seen before. Assuming that trilogy follows a similar production timeline to the current trilogy, those films could last us to at least 2025.
The point I’m getting at is, regardless if Ridley wants to return or not, it won’t be for a good long while. If Episode IX turns out to be the definitive ending for our favorite family of space wizards, then I’m all for it. If in thirty years, Disney decides to do a follow-up trilogy with Rey taking on the Luke Skywalker role to a new generation of heroes, then that sounds pretty cool too. Hell, for all we know, Rey could bite the dust by the end of Episode IX. We really have no idea.
We still haven’t seen the second installment in this trilogy of Star Wars films, so methinks it’s a little too soon to worry whether or not Ridley will be interested in returning to the role decades from now. We’ll certainly have plenty of Star Wars films to occupy our interests in the meantime.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15th. You have your tickets yet?