Star Wars: Daisy Ridley isn’t sure she would play Rey again

Rey (Daisy Ridley) in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Rey (Daisy Ridley) in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker /

Daisy Ridley commented on her Star Wars future as Rey

Daisy Ridley completed the sequel trilogy last year with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, ending her run as Rey. And to hear it from Ridley herself, it was very much the end for her character’s story.

While fans may not have been thrilled with how the new trilogy ended, Episode IX concluded a journey that began with 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Audiences saw Rey go from a nobody scavenger to Rey Skywalker, one of the most powerful Jedi in the Star Wars universe.

Then again, the appetite for Star Wars is insatiable so there is always the possibility for new chapters to be added to the Skywalker Saga. But when asked by Jimmy Kimmel Live! guest host Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley put the brakes on any rumors before they could get started:

Fans definitely picked up on that little nugget Daisy Ridley dropped about Rey’s parentage during her interview with Gad. The actress mentioned that one version had Rey as a relative of Obi-Wan Kenobi, a popular fan theory after the release of The Force Awakens. Ridley wasn’t even sure if Rey’s Palpatine connection was going to make the final version of The Rise of Skywalker.

On playing Rey in the future, Ridley left the door open slightly by acknowledging that 10 years is a long time from now and the world is a crazy place, so anything is possible. Yet the actress seems content with how Rey’s story ended and that there is no need to continue that story in a potential Star Wars Episode X.

Then again, that’s probably what Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford thought after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. But when enough time goes by and enough money is on the table, “no one’s ever really gone” to quote Luke Skywalker.

Daisy Ridley’s answer may have something to do with behind the scenes drama

Fans are likely familiar with some of the behind-the-scenes drama that came with The Rise of Skywalker. The sequel trilogy was on shaky ground after the divisive The Last Jedi and J.J. Abrams was called back in to direct Episode IX.

Some of the actors also seemed less than thrilled with the experience. Poe Dameron actor Oscar Isaac balked at the idea of working with Disney on another Star Wars project. Finn actor John Boyega has made headlines by criticizing the lack of depth for his character and the marginalization of minority characters.

It’s possible that Daisy Ridley had her own problems with the way The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker played out. The underwhelming response from some fans and the harsh criticism from other corners of the fandom may have also been a factor.

Then again, it could all just come down to the art and the storytelling. Ridley may truly be satisfied with how Rey became Rey Skywalker and the actress is ready to move on with her career. It’s likely comforting to know that if she ever changed her mind, Disney would be more than happy to give fans more Rey.

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