Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker star Daisy Ridley doesn't think that she will play Rey again in a future film. Ridley began her acting career in 2012, appearing in several TV series and short films. In 2015, she made her feature film debut in the low-budget horror movie Scrawl, but a few months later she appeared in the biggest film of her career: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
When Rey was introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, she was just a scavenger on Jakku before becoming entangled with Finn, Han Solo, and Chewbacca. Very quickly it was discovered that she was strong with the Force, and by the end of the film, she was even able to defeat Kylo Ren in battle. Fast forward to 2017's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Rey is being trained by none other than Luke Skywalker. The film further developed Ridley's character by giving Rey and Kylo Ren a strong Force connection, while also revealing that Rey's parents were just junk traders that sold her to get money for alcohol. By the time the movie was over, Rey had grown incredibly strong with the Force, making people speculate what will be in store for her in Episode IX. Now, it looks like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker might be Rey's last appearance in the Star Wars universe.
While talking with Vulture, Ridley indicated that she may not return for more Star Wars movies after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. When talking about other actors that have stepped back into their Star Wars roles years after their first appearance, Vulture asked if Rey might show up in a future Star Wars film. Responding to their question, Ridley explained:
"I can’t actually imagine it right now. The ending to Rise of Skywalker ... It’s very satisfying. It felt like an end. I don’t know what’ll happen in however many years. There are so many characters in the Star Wars world who’ve never been explored. There’s so much for the filmmakers to work on. So right now, I don’t think so. But who could say, really? An opportunity might present itself ... Right now, it feels like a really nice full stop on the Skywalker series."
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was announced, it was a monumental moment for Star Wars fans. Not only was it the first Star Wars sequel in 10 years, but it was soon revealed that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill would all be returning for the film. Star Wars: The Force Awakens heavily focused on Han and Leia, while also introducing fans to a new generation of heroes in Rey, Poe, and Finn; Star Wars: The Last Jedi saw Hamill return in a much bigger role than he had gotten in the previous film; and now, with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker inching closer, fans have already been pleased to hear that Hamill and Fisher will both be returning - the latter of whom will be returning by using deleted footage from the past two Star Wars sequels. Also, Billy Dee Williams will be returning as Lando Calrissian and Ian McDiarmid will return as Emperor Palpatine.
With all the great characters George Lucas created in the original Star Wars trilogy, it makes sense why several of them are returning for the sequel trilogy; and nostalgia has played a significant role in their return. While fans can't really be nostalgic about Rey just yet, it is certainly possible that Ridley could reprise her role decades later in a far away Star Wars trilogy. As for now, though, Ridley doesn't seem confident in returning for a sequel; though it's anyone's guess how her story will ultimately play out in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
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