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A great disturbance was felt in the Force recently when Daisy Ridley made some comments that made fans wonder if she would be leaving the Star Wars franchise once Episode IX was completed. Now, the actress has decided those words require clarification. Any indication that Ridley will be leaving the Star Wars franchise entirely is pure speculation at this point, even by the actress herself. Ridley says she may have been misunderstood due to speaking after a long day of work. In reality, Ridley was simply talking about how her original contract only covered the new trilogy, so that initial agreement will be concluded with the trilogy. According to the actress...
That was end of a very long day, at the end of a very long shoot. It was pouring down rain in Montreal. We were talking about where the trilogy was going and... all I said was as far as I was concerned, when I signed on, I was signing onto VII, VIII and IX.
While the recent announcement that Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson will be helming a new trilogy following the current one confirms that we'll have plenty more Star Wars for the foreseeable future, the announcement of that trilogy promised an entirely new story with new characters. As such, we don't really know what's in store for Daisy Ridley or her character Rey. If Ridley has signed some sort of contract extension, she's not talking about it at the moment. Instead, she's focused on finishing out the trilogy. That's what she signed on to do and that's what she currently wants to get to complete.
Would Daisy Ridley be willing to hang around the Star Wars universe for years to come? At the point, she tells ET she's willing to leave the door open to returning. Even potentially waiting three decades to return as an elderly Jedi Master, as Mark Hamill has done with Luke Skywalker, though Ridley openly wonders if our culture will even still be making movies at that point.
Who knows? I honestly feel like the world may end in the next 30 years, so, if in 30 years we are not living underground in a series of interconnected cells ... then sure. Maybe.
While we know we're going to get a lot more Star Wars over the next several years, it seems that Disney and Lucasfilm are taking things as slow as they can, as not to commit themselves to things too early. The new characters introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens are certainly popular enough that we're guessing fans would love to see them again, and there's a good chance that we will, though it's impossible to know who we'll see again, or when that will happen. Right now, we can't even be certain that everybody will survive the current trilogy. We'll find out if Rey makes it out alive in 2019.