Is Daisy Ridley going to be back as Rey in this upcoming Star Wars movie?
Daisy Ridley looked to be done with Star Wars after Rey seemed to complete her arc in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker. But, we all know that nothing in Star Wars ever really ends. If there is more story to tell with particular characters, they will find a way back into the universe. And a new report is saying that Rey could be popping up once again in a new Star Wars feature film.
Insider Daniel Richtman (via We Got This Covered) is reporting that Daisy Ridley could return to Star Wars as Rey in the new movie Rogue Squadron. Richtman is claiming that this film will be set after the events in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker and that there is an opportunity for Rey to be integrated into the story in some way. Otherwise, we don’t know exactly what the context of Rey’s inclusion in the story could be.
Having Daisy Ridley appear in Rogue Squadron might only work if it is in a cameo capacity. The new film from Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins is promising to be a much less lore-heavy entry in the larger Star Wars canon in the hopes of attracting a more general audience than simply the Star Wars faithful. Rey’s presence would color that a little too much unless it is simply a quick and clever appearance. Maybe it will be in service of setting up a potential movie that will focus solely on Rey?
It is undeniable that the sequel trilogy has caused a big rift in the Star Wars fandom, and Daisy Ridley is unfortunately attached to those feelings of divisiveness. If Rogue Squadron is attempting to be more welcome to Star Wars fans as well as casual viewers, it might be best to avoid as many connections to the sequel trilogy as possible. While Richtman claims that Rogue Squadron will be set after the events of Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, the original Rogue Squadron stories were set during the time of the original Rebellion. Does this mean the film will be ignoring that continuity and paving its own way forward?
Daisy Ridley will always have an important place in the Star Wars canon, and while some feel the sequel trilogy was a bust, others believe it offered some of the best Star Wars storytelling in a long time. It is very likely that Rey will make an appearance in a significant Star Wars project in the future, but Rogue Squadron feels like it might feel too out of place. that’s especially true if Patty Jenkins wants her film to stand on its own two legs outside of all the other Star Wars films and streaming series.
We will simply have to wait and see if Daisy Ridley does end up making a return to the Star Wars universe as Rey. It would be nice to see her get a more celebrated sendoff than what she received in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker. Will that happen in Rogue Squadron? Only time will tell.