Newly realized Jedi Rey hasn’t even really started her training yet, but her story is quickly approaching an end. At least, actress Daisy Ridley’s time as Rey is approaching an end.
Ridley revealed to Rolling Stone in a story published Wednesday that she doesn’t want to play Rey past the current Star Wars trilogy. While it’s not totally unusual for a character to only be featured in one trilogy in the Star Wars universe, this news seems to go against everything Lucasfilm has recently confirmed about its future plans for the series.
When asked by RS if she’d continue on with Lucasfilm after the as-yet-untitled Episode IX, Ridley gave a firm, “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.”
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently revealed that Rey would continue on in Star Wars stories after the current trilogy. “We’re sitting down now, we’re talking about the next 10 years of Star Wars stories and we’re looking at, narratively, where that might go,” Kennedy said. “Future stories beyond Episode IX with these new characters, Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-8.”
This new revelation from Ridley, though, hints at a potential recast in the near future for Rey. It wouldn’t be wholly unusual for Rey to be aged up for the next trilogy, seeing as how there probably won’t be 30 years in between trilogies for Ridley to naturally age up like Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), and Harrison Ford (Han Solo). And since Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson was recently granted his own Star Wars trilogy to explore the universe in, it might not be a bad idea to shift timelines again, perhaps into the future with an older actress for Rey.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres in theaters on December 15.