Daisy Ridley wants to set the record straight: She has no plans to leave the Star Wars universe after Episode IX in 2019.
Speculation initially swirled that the 25-year-old British actress might be quitting the franchise once the current trilogy comes to a close after she recently told Rolling Stone, "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."
She has now clarified those comments to the BBC, saying, "When I did sign up, I did sign up for three films and that's where I sort of saw the story ending. 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."
The main players in these movies may end up leaving anyway not because they want to, but because their stories are over. There's no telling how IX will end, and then there's Rian Johnson's new trilogy to keep in mind. Maybe Lucasfilm will wait another 30 years to re-incorporate Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo into a newer trilogy like it did with Luke, Han, and Leia. Probably not, though.
Ridley plays the Jedi-in-training Rey, who, apart from being extremely powerful in the ways of the Force, remains much of a mystery to fans. Who her parents are and why they abandoned her on Jakku will hopefully be answered on Dec. 15 with Johnson's The Last Jedi.
The final film in the trilogy, the as-yet-untitled Episode IX, is set for a Dec. 20, 2019 release. It will be directed by J.J. Abrams, who took over directing duties when Colin Trevorrow got fired. Abrams also directed the first entry in the new trilogy, 2015's The Force Awakens.