Daisy Ridley rules out returning as Rey for next ‘Star Wars’ trilogy

Star says Episode IX will be the "right time to round it out"

Daisy Ridley has indicated that she has no plans to play her Star Wars character Rey beyond Episode IX.

Ridley made her debut as Rey in 2015’s The Force Awakens and will return for next month’s The Last Jedi and the yet-unnamed Episode IX in 2019.

After it was recently announced that there would be a new trilogy of films that will “introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored,” Ridley has now stated that she wouldn’t be interested in reprising her role for these movies.


“No,” she said when asked of the possibility by Rolling Stone. “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.”

“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.”

On returning as Rey in the distant future, Ridley said: “Who knows? I honestly feel like the world may end in the next 30 years, so, if in 30 years we are not living underground in a series of interconnected cells… then sure. Maybe. But again, it’s like, who knows. Because the thing I thought was so amazing, was people really wanted it. And it was done by people who really love it.”

“How old will I be?” she added. “55. Fuck, I can’t think that far ahead.”

Earlier this week, Ridley revealed that she was surprised by the plot of The Last Jedi, explaining that her surprise came from how “there’s a few storylines that [are] sort of coming together and connecting.”


Elsewhere in the Rolling Stone interview, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has revealed the “one thing” that he hopes fans will be surprised about with the new film.