While most of Daisy Ridley’s non-“Star Wars” outings so far have either flown under the radar (“Ophelia”) or failed to impress through no fault of her own (“Chaos Walking”), things could change for her in 2023. She’s earned top marks from the Sundance premiere of her romantic dramedy “Sometimes I Think About Dying,” and will get to really showcase her versatility with her roles in Neil Burger’s thriller “The Marsh King’s Daughter” and Joachim Rønning’s biopic “Young Woman and the Sea” later this year. So, of course, people want to ask her about playing Rey again.
To her credit, Ridley gave a well-measure reply when The Hollywood Reporter popped the question:
“Honestly, I have no idea. I feel like Rey’s story ended in a wonderful way with [‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’]. It’s already been an insane three years since that film came out. I feel like quite a different person. We’ve all gone through a massive change in the last three years, with lots of crazy things happening. So I really don’t know if there are plans. I just don’t know. But ultimately, I loved my experience, I loved what I got to do and I love the people I got to work with. So, should that happen again, even once, amazing. Because the dream is to really be around nice people that make you feel good and feel heard while you do good work.”
Between Ridley’s recent career choices and “Star Wars” going places it’s never gone before with its streaming series on Disney+ (and not just “Andor,” either), I see little reason to rush and bring either her or any of the other sequel trilogy actors back so soon. The further we all leave “Rise of Skywalker” in our rearview mirror, the better.