For those of you who are wondering if we will see the story of Rey continue past Star Wars: Episode IX, it doesn’t sound like it! During an interview with Rolling Stone, Daisy Ridley came out and said that she does not want to play Rey after director J.J. Abrams‘ Episode IX. Here’s how the conversation went down when she was asked about it:
“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.”
Does this mean the Skywalker saga will end with Rey if she doesn’t come back for more? Not necessarily. Who knows what kinds of twists and turns are in store for us as the story for this new trilogy continues to unfold! Plus, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said that there’s a possibility that more saga movies could get made after Episode IX. She previously said:
“I certainly foresee movies past nine. Whether or not we carry on the Skywalker saga… you know, George always intended nine movies, and whether we continue that or not is something we’re talking about right now. If the story warrants it, we’ll absolutely do it. If it actually inspires new ideas, then we’ll probably head in that direction. We just don’t know yet.”
But, seven months have passed since she gave this interview and maybe now they know what they are looking to do. Maybe the Skywalker saga will come to an end. J.J. Abrams told Rolling Stone that he felt that Episode IX was the end of the Skywalker saga that has driven the nine-film story. “I do see it that way,” he says. “But the future is in flux.”
With his last comment about the future being in flux, it sounds like they still aren’t exactly sure what they are going to do. I’m sure they can close it out at Episode IX if they want to, but leave it open enough to go back and tell more of the story if they feel the need at some point in the future.
The Last Jedi opens December 15. Episode IX starts shooting next year, with a release date of December 20, 2019.