You may or may not remember Daisy Ridley’s recent interview with Rolling Stone where the star said that in her mind, Rey’s story is done after ‘Star Wars: Episode IX.’ Either way, Ridley has begun to back peddle into deep space, saying she was misquoted. The quote read:
“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.”
Ridley could have just been speaking candidly, saying that at that time, she was signing on for three films, so she isn’t sure what will happen after that. But Ridley has given a new interview where she clarifies what she meant, saying:
“Misquoted. I was misquoted. I was asked — by the way, at the end of a very long day, at the end of a very long shoot — I was asked how I felt going forward. And I said, in my mind, the story finishes at Episode IX. To me, ‘Star Wars’ is in threes. [Episodes] 4, 5, 6; 1, 2, 3; 7, 8, 9. So, for me, that’s what I was signing on to; VII, VIII, IX. So that’s really what I was answering. And I think, for now- I’m not saying forever. Obviously, Rey will always be Rey… and obviously I don’t know what happens in Episode IX, or even if I’m in it. But for now I think it would be- To me, IX was always the end of this chapter. So, it’s not me going ‘I don’t want to.’ It’s just that’s what I always pictured.”
Her comment makes sense, as there is generally a new character as the focal point of each trilogy. Whether or not Rey will be seen in future films is unknown to all, even Ridley. But her other comment to Rolling Stone regarding her future in the franchise was pretty definitive. Ridley said:
“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 […] How old will I be? 55. Fuck, I can’t think that far ahead.”
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ premieres December 15th.