During an interview with Rolling Stone, Daisy Ridley said something that made Star Wars fans a little worried. She basically said that she feels as if Rey’s story is done after Star Wars: Episode IX.
“I am really, really excited to do the third thing and round it out, because ultimately, what I was signing on to was three films. So in my head, it’s three films. I think it will feel like the right time to round it out.”
Seems pretty clear, right? She signed up for three films, and she believes that the third film wraps up the chapter she signed up for. You can take this as her being over the franchise, or you can take it as her trying to avoid coming off as greedy. Most fans took it as her being done with the franchise.
But she talked to ComicBook.com recently to clear everything up…
“Misquoted. I was misquoted. I was asked — by the way, at the end of a very long day, at the end of a very long shoot — I was asked how I felt going forward. And I said, in my mind, the story finishes at Episode IX. To me, Star Wars is in threes. [Episodes] 4, 5, 6; 1, 2, 3; 7, 8, 9. So, for me, that’s what I was signing on to; VII, VIII, IX. So that’s really what I was answering. And I think, for now- I’m not saying forever. Obviously, Rey will always be Rey… and obviously I don’t know what happens in Episode IX, or even if I’m in it. But for now I think it would be- To me, IX was always the end of this chapter. So, it’s not me going ‘I don’t want to.’ It’s just that’s what I always pictured.”
Sounds reasonable to me. She’s not saying she is done with the franchise forever, she’s simply saying it would make sense for the franchise to move in a different direction following Episode IX.