With questions like these there’s always the matter of context, so Daisy Ridleys statement saying that she has no plans to play Rey beyond Episode 9 is worth chewing over.
Not so long ago, just days after finishing the latest James Bond epic, Daniel Craig said he’d rather slit his wrists than play Bond again, but we now know he will be back in the tuxedo. Harrison Ford believed Han Solo should have been killed off at the end of Return of the Jedi, and then came back to play Solo one last time in 2015’s The Force Awakens.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, Daisy Ridley made her statement.
“No, for me, I didn’t really know what I was signing on to. I hadn’t read the script, but from what I could tell, it was really nice people involved, so I was just like, ‘Awesome.’ Now I think I am even luckier than I knew then, to be part of something that feels so like coming home now.”
When pressed, Daisy was clear to reiterate her desire to step away from the role.
“No, no, no. 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.”
Bear in mind, with Rian Johnson’s trilogy on the horizon and nothing outside the walls of Lucasfilm known about its setting or subject there’s every chance that – if Rey turns out to not be a Skywalker – that she could be involved in that series.
And there’s always the prospect of a Ford-Hamill-Fisher return in three decades time, when the story is many decades beyond the current trilogy.