Daisy Ridley Clarifies Her Statement About Being Done With Star Wars After Episode IX

As we make the increasingly quick journey to The Last Jedi, the cast of the film have been making the rounds on the press tour and making headlines worldwide – perhaps none more so than the always charming Daisy Ridley, who made an incredibly decisive statement to Rolling Stone about her involvement in Star Wars after Episode IX. Ridley was asked if she wanted to play Rey after IX and not once, but twice, said she was done playing Rey after the final film in the Skywalker Saga.


For everyone (myself included) whose heart breaks at the thought of Rey not coming back, there may be hope yet! Based on comments she recently made to the Press Association, she appears to have clarified her earlier statements in saying:

“When I did sign up I did sign up for three films… and that’s where I sort of saw the story ending, JJ (Abrams, The Force Awakens director) said the same thing. 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.”


As set in stone as her response in the original Rolling Stone interview may have sounded, I think this is ultimately what she meant when she was asked the question originally. It feels a little bit like how Harrison Ford wanted Han to die in the original trilogy because he felt like his character couldn’t really go anywhere else. Episode IX is simply where Daisy personally saw the story of Rey ending, but I don’t think that means she’ll never play the character again.


Obviously, if they can find a compelling reason to bring her back in another trilogy (a la Han Solo in The Force Awakens), then I think it’s a given that she would at least consider coming back to the saga. More Daisy can only be a good thing, and I would absolutely love to see her continue playing the role that made her a superstar.



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45 thoughts on “Daisy Ridley Clarifies Her Statement About Being Done With Star Wars After Episode IX

  • December 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    The inevitable walkback! A time honored tradition.

    • December 4, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      I don’t think there’s any walkback. It’s still kinda true to what she said before.

      • December 4, 2017 at 9:29 pm

        Her quotes before were pretty clear.

  • December 4, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I think she “clarifies” just to let the door opened (who knows, in 10-20 years maybe?), but the way things have been stated so far makes me think that she refused to keep working on Star Wars, and that’s why plans have changed:

    -Some months ago, KK saying “they where currently talking about what’s next for the saga.

    – A month ago or so: Ryan announced to be working on a trilogy out of the episodic saga and brand new characters and worlds (a bright way to avoid saying “the saga is over”)

    – Just few days after, Daisy saying she’s done after IX.

    • December 4, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Will Rian’s trilogy have anything to do with the saga? Will it take place in the distant past or something?

      • December 4, 2017 at 6:51 pm

        Not sure but he did say it’s from somewhere unexplored. There’s no other clue whatsoever from his interview. Only thing we can do is to wait for more news.

        • December 4, 2017 at 7:13 pm

          from sw.com : “In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.”

          KK : “Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”

      • December 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm

        It will have nothing to do with the Skywalker family. The entire point was to free itself from the saga. They made that much clear.

        • December 7, 2017 at 4:11 am

          Oh, okay. Thanks. I appreciate that.

  • December 4, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Good for her, she’s smart enough to know that if she lingers too long, she won’t have any other job. Just saw her on Murder in Orient Express and she is a good actress, gotta diversify.

    • December 4, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      If Daisy was in a position to also do Episodes X-XII from 2021-2025, why would that matter? She’s doing other projects at the same time, so why would Star Wars limit her?

      • December 5, 2017 at 3:59 pm

        Not time or money, but typecasting. Can you think of Hayden, Christensen, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew or even Carrie Fisher in other roles other than their SW ones? Must be hard for an actor that people only want to see you in one role.

        • December 7, 2017 at 4:10 am

          Yeah, I could see them in other roles. The problem is, I haven’t seen most of your examples in films outside of Star Wars. I saw Carrie Fisher in When Harry Met Sally, and I thought she was fine.

          I think actors like Daisy Ridley and Jennifer Lawrence are in a different boat because they make sure to do other types of films other than the blockbuster franchises they’re known for, such as dramas.

  • December 4, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    So… does this mean the Sequel Trilogy won’t wrap itself around Rey as the next “Chosen One”?

    I doubt Disney will want to wait long to make Episode X. The standalone films may make a lot of money, but the saga films are where it’s at.

  • December 4, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Wait, I’m confused. Does she like banthas or not?

    • December 4, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      She thought it was just a natural way to ease away from banthas but deep down she truly loves them and would happily ride/pet banthas again if given the chance.

    • December 4, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      I heard she’s a reformed Porgaholic.

  • December 4, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Surprising no one.

  • December 4, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    A: Daisy can do whatever she wants as long as she doesn’t act like Natalie Portman and pretend she’s too good for the franchise. B: I don’t want to see a sequel sequel trilogy until 2034 at the earliest.

    • December 4, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      Spoilers I guess but… her character is dead. She didn’t even have to worry about going back. A lot of the actors were touchy about it. Least we forget the backlash against those movies. Poor Hayden is still trying to salvage his career.

      Not sure how she could pretend she’s too good for the franchise…

      • December 4, 2017 at 8:14 pm

        Spoilers I guess but, troll much?

        • December 4, 2017 at 11:45 pm

          I don’t think you understand how trolls work. Unless you’re honestly trying to say folks didn’t know about the fate of her character? That’s like calling someone out over the whole Vader thing…

          • December 4, 2017 at 11:55 pm

            HAHA! my bad, I misunderstood, I thought you were trolling around the fact that DAISY’S character dies at the end of the sequel trilogy and That’s Why she’s done after three movies…. If that were the case, then your Spoiler Alert would have felt a lot like a troll move 🙂

          • December 4, 2017 at 11:56 pm

            Oh lol. I was like… dang. What did I do!?

      • December 4, 2017 at 8:33 pm

        Yep, I’ve actually seen Revenge of the Sith. I’m referring to the credible reports that Portman’s role in Ep.3 was minimized because of the difficulty in working with her and her disinterest in reprising her role. She has also moaned that her performance in the prequels almost ended her career. Watch her reaction in this interview when asked her thoughts on TFA. First she recoils as if she vomited in her mouth, fakes excitement and then struggles to come up with anything to say. https://youtu.be/sXXi6LhblY8

        As far as I’m aware she’s had absolutely nothing to do with Star Wars since Ep.3 and she doesn’t seem to care about the franchise or the fans. One would think she could take a day to make an appearance at Celebration and greet all of the little girls that dress up as Padme. I’d be happy to be proven wrong on this point but she seems to think she’s above it. Which is a shame. I was a fan of hers for a long time after ROTS.

        Daisy seems to recognize how lucky she is to be involved with Star Wars. I’m simply saying that I hope she continues to appreciate the fans and her role in the franchise. Granted, her experience has been more positive than Portman’s, but if Hayden Christensen can put it behind him then so can Portman.

        • December 4, 2017 at 11:43 pm

          Again… I don’t blame her given what went down with the PT. I’m sure any little girl that comes up to her and says I love Padme… she’s perfectly kind to them. Look at Ford he was pretty gruff when it came to Star Wars. She’d just rather put it behind her. Nothing wrong with that. She’s gone on the be quite a respected actor… Hayden’s fallen into obscurity. I believe you can see the difference in how likely it’d be to get which person to come to an event.

          Plus let’s look at it from another angle. Why in the world would she embrace it? She wants to be a respected actor and her performance in the PT is abysmal. Most folks don’t dwell on their weakest performances. She has an Oscar… she is technically above it. You can’t just single her out. Even Ian McGuinness wasn’t kind to it.

          Much like Ford or McGuinness as she gets older/feels she’s proven her worth she’ll probably embrace it more. Just a bump in her career people are weirdly latched too.

          • December 5, 2017 at 12:23 am

            I’m curious as to who Ian McGuinness is. Do you mean Ian McDiarmid (Palpatine) and made a slight error or were you just making a joke? Not being nitpicky just really want to know if that’s who you meant.

          • December 5, 2017 at 12:48 am

            lol my bad. I meant Alec Guinness. A lazy google search on how to spell his name correctly and I had a brain fart 🙁

          • December 5, 2017 at 5:38 pm

            Why would she embrace it? Possibly to have one iota of class and grace about it. To not behave like a spoiled and pretentious puke. To express some humility and gratitude about a franchise that made her a household name.

            Every accomplished person experiences missteps along the way to becoming accomplished. People who are at all secure in their abilities can embrace their failures. Just like Thor she doesn’t mind taking the exposure and the paycheck but please don’t be so gauche as to mention it in her presence.

            It would be nice if she wanted to be involved with the fandom (perhaps she would have sold a few more tickets to Jackie) but I really don’t care. My point is she has a poor attitude about it. There are better actresses in Hollywood who are more grounded than her majesty.

          • December 5, 2017 at 7:08 pm

            Like Ford and Alec? Look I’ve been over this. She isn’t a special case. You guys are being weirdly hard on her. She’s not beholden to anything. I’m not even a Portman fan. My favorite thing she did was Leon the Professional.

            If she wants no part of the legacy… she doesn’t have to be. Folks like you make it seem like a wise choice. Look at the weird levels of hate Daisy gets by a VERY vocal minority.

            That’s one thing I like about this site. The hate doesn’t get out of hand or irrational.

          • December 5, 2017 at 8:19 pm

            How am I getting lumped in with people “hating” Daisy when my original point is that she should do what she wants to do but I hope she doesn’t do what some are implying she is doing and acting as if she’s too good for the role which is what Mrs. Portman has done.

            I’ll reassert that I don’t care if Natalie is involved with Star Wars. A lot of actors have moved on after their role has ended. However, It’s not cool to work with a large group of people on a project, take the money and then turn around and disparage the final product.

            I make no special case for Natalie Portman. Dennis Lawson was famously a dick about Star Wars until he recently decided he’d like to cash in. If anyone was actually above Star Wars it was Alec Guinness but he too doesn’t deserve a pass for being shitty about it. Don’t take the paycheck and the notoriety and then act like you’re too good for it.

            It’s amazing that expecting a privileged person to have class and respect the other artist they’ve worked with is tantamount to expressing hatred.

          • December 5, 2017 at 8:32 pm

            Sorry I meant no disrespect. I just jump to the conclusion that most people are slanted one way or another. A typically sound assumption online but not an infallible one.

    • December 4, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Daisy can do whatever she wants.

      Full stop.

      • December 4, 2017 at 10:34 pm

        Clap, clap, clap, clap. Such a brave distinction you make. Literal much?

        • December 5, 2017 at 3:24 am

          You don’t get to say what is okay for her to do. As long as you understand that.

          • December 5, 2017 at 5:03 pm

            Actually, I do. I literally get say anything I want about Daisy Ridley within some very limited legal constraints. That includes defining the parameters of what I consider expectable behavior to retain my support as a fan.

            Are you actually so dense that you don’t understand that I was expressing my support for her choices concerning Star Wars?

          • December 5, 2017 at 5:12 pm

            Are you actually so dense that you don’t understand that she can do whatever she wants and your parameters don’t mean anything to anyone at all?

            I have an issue with anyone telling someone else “

          • December 5, 2017 at 6:19 pm

            Apparently my parameters matter to you. You seem deeply offended by them and are investing an inordinate amount of time correcting that which you care not about.

            Hold on, do I actually possess some sway over Daisy that I’m unaware of? Good, then it will continue to be my desire that Daisy maintains a positive attitude about her involvement in the Star Wars franchise. How terribly paternalistic of me. Truly I have subverted her free will mwahahahaaha!

            While I’m at I also command her to take me go-karting and buy me a beer. Thanks, Daisy!

  • December 4, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I think Disney knows that they don’t want to upset the fans. They don’t want another Harrison Ford situation, so have her say “I am open to it” and “This is an honor” Nothing with my more man-babies mad and protest a film more than the lead actor acting like they are too good for the material. Disney isn’t stupid.

  • December 4, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    She signed for three films, not 6. This isn’t news. Why would she assume she will play Rey again after the three movie contract is up? Disney doesn’t know if they will need her again, no one knows.

  • December 4, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    everybody so sensitive these days

  • December 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Honestly. Did anyone really think, that the statement needed clarification…?

  • December 6, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I’m sure she will be back just like Adam driver Oscar Isaac and John. They are part of a new generation with Disney and there’s way more options open now

  • December 8, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Whether or not she really meant that she had no desire to keep playing Rey, I hope Daisy keeps bringing the same energy and enthusiasm to 8 & 9 that she did in TFA. In that film you could tell she was giving it her all, and I think that’s one of the reasons that she stole my heart, even if the film itself I’m not 100% in love with.

  • January 9, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Oh dear, how sad, never mind.

    Frankly I have no qualms in saying I find Rey a boring and overrated character anyway. So I won’t miss her.

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