Daisy Ridley Returning To Star Wars As Rey For More Movies?
A noted Star Wars leaker has speculated that Daisy Ridley will be returning as Rey in future Star Wars films.
While Daisy Ridley’s character proved to be a controversial addition to the Star Wars canon, through no fault of the actress, a noted leaker believes she’s coming back. @TheDenofNerds on Twitter has proven to be accurate in the past, and this latest nugget of knowledge coincides with Ridley talking more and more about her Star Wars experience in interviews. For example, the star gave her feelings on Rey’s parentage in an interview with Variety, and recently gave advice to future female leads in a galaxy far, far away.
Daisy Ridley joined the Star Wars franchise at the start of the latest trilogy, taking place after Return of the Jedi. In The Force Awakens Ridley’s Rey is a scrapper on Jakku that comes across rogue stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) and gets wrapped up in the battle between The First Order and the Resistance. Past Star Wars characters, including Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Chewbecca (Peter Mayhew), appeared in the film as well, which is the rumored way that Rey will continue to be involved.
Later in his Twitter thread, @TheDenofNerds added more information, stating that the way Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac remain part of the Star Wars story will be as side characters and cameos instead of leads of a second trilogy. While the first film of the latest generation was a massive success, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker were both released to diminishing returns. Part of the problem was the disconnect between the Rian Johnson directed second film, and the J.J. Abrams films that bookend the trilogy.
Daisy Ridley’s character was the subject of fan theories after her first appearance, which were quickly dashed when The Last Jedi famously tossed aside the question of “Who are Rey’s parents?” Fan speculation included Luke Skywalker and his previously unseen love interest from the expanded Star Wars universe, Mara Jade, but nothing prepared movie-goers for the explanation from Emperor Palpatine (who somehow, had returned.) Disappointed or not, centering another trilogy on the same characters from some of the worst Star Wars films would be a tall order for anyone, so including them but keeping to the sidelines does make sense.
Another problem for the fourth trilogy is that the original characters have all been killed off, and while returning as Force ghosts is a possibility for two of the stars, another movie of repurposed Carrie Fisher footage may be a bridge too far for fans. None of that is Daisy Ridley’s fault, but rather the writers and producers behind Star Wars, no matter how much blame she takes for their poor choices. The next trilogy will likely be out fairly quickly and won’t take over 30 years, which means the returning characters will still look themselves and not the older, grizzled versions that moving the calendar forward would require.
Speculation of a potential plot for the 10th through 12th films can be found everywhere, but in addition to Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac returning, would characters from The Mandalorian also appear? While the series takes place 30 years before The Force Awakens, Gorgu is from a very long-lived species and is only a baby on the show, making him a prime candidate for the next trilogy. No matter what happens, let’s hope that the films give Ridley better closure on the journey of Rey, and maybe some better dialogue.