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Daisy Ridley: Done With STAR WARS After EPISODE IX?

Daisy Ridley: Done With STAR WARS After EPISODE IX?

With just about two weeks before the two year hiatus gives way to the release of Star Wars, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, publicity is picking up the pace. Rolling Stone just did a long piece and, in it, we found out about star Daisy Ridley’s hope for her cinematic future.

Asked whether she would like to play the role of Rey (whose lineage I bet we find out in two weeks), Ridley flatly said “no.” She then elaborated: “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.”

Pressed by the intrepid Rolling Stone, Ridley doubled down: “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.“

Fair enough, she’s worried about getting typecast and is looking at the careers of her predecessors Mark Hamill and Carrie Fischer perhaps of examples of what she does not want to happen. Indeed, Ridley is currently working on a Doug Liman project with Spider-Man star Tom Holland.

But is it too late? Can Radcliffe not always be Harry Potter? The success of these films can be the curse and the gift. And who knows what the future will bring? With Episode VIII director Rian Johnson set to put together three more movies after Episode IX, the gravitational pull of one of Hollywood’s biggest universe may prove too strong.

So even Ridley gives up. “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. But again, it’s like, who knows. Because the thing I thought was so amazing, was people really wanted it. And it was done by people who really love it.“

Are tou teady for Episode VIII?!

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film ‘The Lost Weekend’ is pure coincidence

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