When J.J. Abrams cast Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he was following George Lucas’ example of casting relatively unknown actors to play main parts in the universe. The role, as a result, catapulted Ridley to superstardom, and made Rey a welcome addition to the Star Wars franchise.
However, the actress’s recent interview with Rolling Stone has given light to her possible departure from the franchise. Though the story within the Star Wars universe is slated to continue after Episode IX, Ridley seems to be content with ending her role as Rey at the third entry.
When asked if she would reprise her role she responded: “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.”
She was asked if there was any possibility of her changing her mind, to which she replied: “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.”
After Star Wars: The Last Jedi, J.J. Abrams will return to Episode IX to cap off the trilogy he said would be the end of the Skywalker saga.
“I do see it that way, but the future is in flux,” Abrams said.
Even though Kathleen Kennedy and Bob Iger have made it known that Poe Dameron, Finn, and Rey may return in chapters beyond Episode IX, they might need to put some thought into casting choices after Ridley’s departure.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15th, 2017, and Episode IX will be released two years later on December 20th, 2019.