Daisy Ridley Will Not Return to 'Star Wars' After 'Episode IX'

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 - 7:18PM
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Star Wars: Episode IX
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 - 7:18PM
Daisy Ridley Will Not Return to 'Star Wars' After 'Episode IX'
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It's looking like Episode IX is the end of the road for Rey, despite the multitude of Star Wars films that are now coming out afterwards.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, Daisy Ridley insisted that she's definitely not interested in continuing to play the role as the new face of Star Wars after her initial three picture deal has concluded. As of now, she's not showing up in any immediate sequels or Rian Johnson's recently announced spin-off trilogy, and she's never going to appear in any new attempt to revitalize the Holiday Special (if Lucasfilm is foolish enough to ever try it). 

According to the interview, Ridley gave a firm "no" when asked if she'd stay with Star Wars after three movies:

Opening quote
"'No,' she says flatly. '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.'

"But, um, doesn't that sort of sound like a yes? 'No,' she says again, smiling a little. '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.'"
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This sounds like a pretty emphatic insistence from Ridley that her time of waving a lightsaber around is already closer to the end than the beginning.

Of course, it's worth bearing in mind that this could well be a shrewd negotiating standpoint from such a bankable star. When signing her initial contracts, Ridley was a nobody in the eyes of Hollywood, while now, she's very much in demand. The more she insists that she won't be returning for more Star Wars movies, the more money Disney may try to throw at her in order to convince her to return after her contract expires.

It's worth hoping, though, that Ridley really does mean this, and that she's not willingly going to step back into her familiar sandy boots as Jakku's heroic scavenger. It's actually for the best if Lucasfilm is forced to back away from continuing the standard Star Wars saga when Episode IX is finished.

At present, Rian Johnson is hard at work putting together his own new trilogy of movies set within the familiar Galaxy Far, Far Away that will bring to life a cast of brand new characters. We're not going to lack for Star Wars movies once Episode IX is finished, but the franchise will actually doing something new and fresh, which will be very welcome considering how by-the-numbers the initial framework The Force Awakens has proven to be.

It's better if the main line Star Wars trilogies become generational events, occurring infrequently in order to let a certain amount of hype build up around them. There's plenty of room to explore different tales within this setting, and keeping Rey and the Skywalker family out of these future movies means that the galaxy is able to show off the kind of grand scope that's always been hinted at before.

It certainly seems that this is the direction Lucasfilm is going to lean in the future, and with any luck, future anthology movies will be able to travel further away from the key events of the galactic civil war as well, potentially giving us some more far-flung Star Wars adventures.

If any of these happen to focus on the ancient Jedi Civil War and the rise and fall (and rise) of Darth Revan from BioWare's Knights of the Old Republic games, all the better.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out December 15, 2017, while Episode IX is scheduled for December 20, 2019.
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