‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Might Not Be the End of Daisy Ridley’s Rey After All

Behind the scenes, stars like Daisy Ridley — for better or worse — grappled with the end of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. And for the fandom, the discussion surrounding the movies has been less than exciting throughout. So it made sense for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to give way to a clean slate. Now, according to Ridley’s latest comments, that might not be the case.

Daisy Ridley at the 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' European premiere
Daisy Ridley at the ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ European premiere | Karwai Tang/WireImage

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ ended Rey’s story

From a story perspective, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker does conclude the story of Ridley’s Rey. The Force Awakens introduces her as a scavenger with potential. And by the end of the trilogy, she emerges as a full-on Jedi. Rey even stands up to her “grandfather,” Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), and restores balance to the Force, as Anakin (Hayden Christensen) once did.

On the other hand, the sequel trilogy barely scratches the surface of Rey’s story. Now she knows who she is and her destiny as a Jedi. So Ridley could have lots more to explore with that character. Still, most fans assumed that wouldn’t happen, given their divisive response and the presumed end of the Skywalker saga. Perhaps this was true only from a certain point of view.

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Now star Daisy Ridley seems open to coming back

Following the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, much of the cast seemed adamant they were done. Oscar Isaac particularly seemed over the saga. And John Boyega has been very vocal about his displeasure with how Finn’s story panned out. Ridley, however, seemed more amicable about her decision to walk away from Rey. Now she seems up for a return.

“I mean, never say never,” Ridley told Empire (via GameSpot). “I’m always open to a revisit. But also the beautiful thing is it’s this wonderful, huge universe with all of these stories that have yet to be told. I think there’s a lot of cool things to be made before any potential revisit.”

So Ridley isn’t quite ready to sign another three-movie contract. But she’s isn’t ruling it out. From a business perspective, it’s probably wise to keep her options open. And perhaps Lucasfilm will launch another legacy trilogy years from now. After all, Mark Hamill and company didn’t plan on returning to their original trilogy roles more than 30 years later.

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Will Lucasfilm make ‘Star Wars: Episode 10’?

At the moment though, Lucasfilm doesn’t seem to have any plans for another trilogy. Rather, the short-term focus is on developing more content for Disney+. In addition to The Mandalorian, the company has more than a half-dozen other series in the works. 

And of course, directors Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) are signed on for Star Wars movies. So fans might want to make their peace with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. For the time being, Star Wars: Episode 10 is not on the way, though that could change someday.