Rolling Stone sat down with Daisy Ridley to discuss Star Wars: The Last Jedi in its recent Star Wars issue. In the interview, RS asks Daisy if she’ll be playing Rey after the events of Episode IX.
“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.”
So before anyone freaks out, it is important to look at a couple of facts. All of the actors of the sequel trilogy have not yet signed on for more films, and why is that? Well it’s pretty simple: the script for IX isn’t even complete yet. That means none of the actors truly know the fate of their characters and where that could lead after Episode IX. I would imagine that if someone is offered enough money and a reason to continue playing a certain character, they would be open to that. I find it really hard to believe that Lucasfilm will be retiring characters like Poe, Finn, and Rey so soon. There is a lot of story left I would imagine after Episode IX. Another thing to look at to is this: the sequel trilogy could potentially be the end of the Skywalker Saga. In the same article with Rolling Stone, J.J. Abrams was asked if Episode IX could close out the Skywalker Saga.
“I do see it that way,” he says. “But the future is in flux.”
While Rey’s parentage is not yet revealed, lots of evidence points to Rey not being a Skywalker. (That is my thinking anyway.) So technically even if the Skywalker Saga does end, that doesn’t mean Rey, Finn, and Poe have to end with it. I think everything is too early to really say if Ridley is done with Rey, or if the Skywalker Saga is indeed coming to a close. There is always that possibility that Rey could die in Episode IX, but I highly doubt they will go in that direction. Rey is a pretty beloved character now, one that has so much potential. We’ll see how this pans out over the next few years, and we will be sure to cover any new updates. For now, we can enjoy Star Wars: The Last Jedi in just 15 days.