Some movie franchises can go on for a long time, like Avatar, which has a whopping four follow-ups ordered and set to film into 2025.
But nothing beats Star Wars for longevity. The original premiered in 1977, followed by two sequels in 1980 and 1983. Then came a set of prequels beginning in 2002, and more recently a comeback with 2015’s The Force Awakens, starring newcomer Daisy Ridley in the lead role.
But Ridley, who splashed onto the screens as the orphaned and Jedi power possessing Rey, does not see herself carrying on the force for the next 10 to 20 years.
The young actress embraces her involvement in the Star Wars legacy, but when Rolling Stone magazine asked her if she wanted to carry on with the franchise beyond 2019, her answer was pretty clear cut: “No.”
She elaborated a little, saying, “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.”
She’s already completed filming on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, premiering this year on December 15, and is set to star in 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX. But, according to Ridley… that’s it.
But when Rolling Stone asked if we could expect to see her make a comeback 30 years down the line, like Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, her answer was a little more ambiguous: “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.”
For now, we’ll be sad to see her go, but at least this way Ridley’s fans are prepared for the ending.
Of course, she may change her mind, but Ridley sounds pretty committed to her decision. And we’re excited to see what future projects will fill that Star Wars-shaped hole.
Currently, you can see Ridley in Kenneth Branagh‘s Murder on the Orient Express, in theaters now. She’s completed filming on Ophelia and Peter Rabbit, both coming out in 2018. She’s also wrapped the 2019 film, Chaos Walking, starring opposite Tom Holland (Spider-Man) and Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal).
Do you think Ridley’s right to bail out of the franchise after three films?