Star Wars: Daisy Ridley Isn’t Sure If She’ll Ever Play Rey Again
After wrapping up the Skywalker Saga in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Daisy Ridley isn’t sure about the possibility of reprising Rey again.
When asked about the chances of her reprising Star Wars’ Rey during her interview with Josh Gad on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the actress wasn’t able to give a straightforward answer. Ultimately, she said that while she’s not totally closing the door on the idea, for her, The Rise of Skywalker effectively wrapped up her story.
“I mean, the world is a crazy place right now. 10 years seems an awfully long way away. I think never say never, but to me, Rise of Skywalker was tied up with a bow.”
Ridley’s answer is perfectly understandable. At this point, the idea of The Rise of Skywalker was to cap off the Skywalker saga, meaning there aren’t any more movies planned that are set on that premise. That said, Lucasfilm has had these kinds of pseudo-endings before with Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith. Eventually, they revisit the lore and build on what’s been established previously. Gad talked about a ten-year time-frame regarding this possibility, which is a long time for fans to want to see more of the remaining key characters in the Star Wars universe. If anything, The Rise of Skywalker left the franchise in a place where there’s a string of narrative opportunities to tackle.
It’s odd to think that while Rey was the primary lead character in the sequel trilogy, it feels like there’s still so much about her character that’s unexplored. Perhaps it has something to do with the rushed resolution of her heritage mystery or the myriad of things that The Rise of Skywalker also needed to address. She didn’t even get to properly wield her yellow-bladed lightsaber, although she was at least able to ignite it. Given this, if Lucasfilm wants to delve deeper into the character, they don’t really need to revisit the Skywalker saga films; just give her a Star Wars Disney+ spin-off that only focuses on her and it would also work.