Last week the world came to a quick and sudden halt as recent comments made by Star Wars actress and all around cutie Daisy Ridley were thrown into the spotlight, shocking more than just everyday fans. To summarize, Ridley’s comments were basically saying that she’s completing this sequel trilogy than moving on from the galaxy far, far away. Everyone, including myself, cried out in terror not just because we would miss her, but because what the hell it could mean for the story going forward. Well, we can all wipe that forehead sweat now as Ridley has come out with a bit of clarification on her comments.
With Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi just around the corner, the promo tour has officially begun for the film. Ridley, along with her director and co-stars, were at a recent even for The Last Jedi, where she took the chance to clarify the context of her comments in the interview with Rolling Stone Magazine:
“When I did sign up, I did sign up for three films and that’s where I sort of saw the story ending. I think everyone has perhaps taken that as me going, ‘I don’t want anything to do with it’ which is vastly untrue because this is awesome.”
These comments don’t exactly ease the mind, as they still don’t really change her stance on returning to Star Wars or not, but the clarification is still a good thing. Comments get taken out of context on the daily, but being that it’s Star Wars and about Rey, it was smart of Ridley to clarify as soon as possible. We don’t know what the plan is for the Skywalker saga after Episode IX. Will there be sequels? Will they happen right away or be gapped? Who will return? With the originals and prequels out of the way, when it comes to the Skywalker saga, there’s no other direction but forward, which means that there’s a good chance of having characters and actors/actresses carry over to the next movie/trilogy.
Like I said, it’s unclear what’s going to happen in just a few short years, but I know for myself I would absolutely love to see Ridley continue as our new favorite Jedi. Now, of course, that all depends on what happens in the next few movies. We don’t know where the characters and/or galaxy be at that point. For all we know, the plan could be to legitimately have Episode IX ride off into the sunset, which means the Skywalker saga would officially be over. But that’s hard to believe right? If or when we do see more sequels in this never-ending arc, here’s what Ridley said when asked if she’d come back to the galaxy far, far away after 30 years as Hamill, Ford and Fisher did with The Force Awakens:
“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.”
Hopefully we have many years of Daisy Ridley in the Star Wars universe going forward, but in the meantime, we get to enjoy looking forward to seeing her in Rian Johnson’s film in just under two weeks. Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits a theater near you on December 15th and also stars Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domnhall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro, and Andy Serkis.