At some point, everything comes to an end. And when it comes to the Skywalker saga, that came at the end of 2019 when Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker was released.
Of course, that didn’t mark the end of Star Wars as we know it. And it definitely didn’t mean the end to Star Wars content on screen, including movies. But Lucasfilm made it be known that Episode IX would wrap up the stories of our original, prequel and sequel trilogy heroes — including that of Rey’s, played by actress Daisy Ridley.
Ridley — unlike Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and some others — wasn’t a returner to this franchise. That meant she would be here for the three movies in the sequel trilogy, and that would be it. (At least for now.) But in those few years of filming, Ridley became best of friends with castmates like the Golden Globes-nominated actor John Boyega (Finn), and we’re sure she made many other great memories along the way.
That’s why Ridley’s response to wrapping filming for The Rise of Skywalker and the Skywalker saga was no surprise. Speaking to PEOPLE magazine, the actress shared what it was like for her knowing those would be her final moments on set. And of course, it was quite the emotional response. Here’s what she had to say:
"When we wrapped [The Rise of Skywalker] I wept all day. I felt like I was going to pop a vein because I was crying so much.Obviously not to say that it was like grieving, but it was grieving something. I’ll always have it, and we’re all bonded by this incredible thing."
What’s next for Daisy Ridley?
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As the PEOPLE article mentioned, Daisy Ridley has said before that she thinks Rey’s story ended quite perfectly. So for her, it doesn’t look like she’s too eager to rejoin the franchise at any point just yet.
Other actors like Boyega and Oscar Isaac (Poe), have also expressed the same sentiment. Boyega, just recently, even mentioned that playing the same character in a franchise is like being in a “luxury jail” for actors — because you don’t get the opportunity to explore other characters and flex those acting muscles.
And because of that, we have seen these sequel actors move on to other projects. Ridley, for example, has voiced a character in the VR experience called Baba Yaga for the Occulus Quest. And she’ll also be appearing alongside Tom Holland in the film Chaos Walking, an adaptation of the literary series by the same name that’s set to come out March 5, 2021.
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