Daisy Ridley’s performance as Rey in the Star Wars sequel trilogy was a pleasant mixture of childlike hope and fierce determination. As the main character of the continuation of the Skywalker Saga, Rey gave us the opportunity to see both the light and dark side legacy of the Skywalker family from the perspective of someone who could see the good in the midst of the bad.
In this way, Rey served as a fitting metaphor for Star Wars fans hoping to love the sequel trilogy but finding much of it to be less than what they expected. In a story that felt at times unplanned and disjointed, Rey was the light in the darkness of the sequel trilogy, bridging the gap between what the Skywalkers were destined to do and the actual destruction of the dark side of the Force’s influence upon the galaxy through the Sith.
The Skywalker Saga ended with The Rise of Skywalker as Rey took the mantle of the Skywalker name, but in doing so, the story of the Skywalkers ending was also a new beginning in a way. Though Daisy Ridley has previously said that the time in her career as Rey ended with The Rise of Skywalker, even more recently, she has stated that she would be open to revisiting the character.
Even though the sequel trilogy officially ended the Skywalker Saga, it seems clear that Rey’s story is far from over. But what form could the continuation of her story take? Star Wars media, of course, began with live-action, but with the success of animated series like The Clone Wars and Rebels, it seems quite possible the continuation of Rey’s story could be told in a future animated series. And thanks to some impressive new fan art, we have an idea of what Daisy Ridley’s likeness would look like as Rey in a Clone Wars-style animation.
What Daisy Ridley could look like as a Clone Wars-style animated Rey
A fan art image of Daisy Ridley’s likeness as Rey in The Clone Wars-style animation was posted to Instagram by Barrett Digital, and it’s an impressive take on the character, especially in the way it adheres to the artistic style established by Dave Filoni in The Clone Wars and Rebels.
No announcements have been made about Disney even considering an animated series following the sequel trilogy characters post-TROS, and the image of Clone Wars-style Rey is definitely fan art, but it is enough to create excitement for the possibility of a future animated continuation of the Skywalker story. Perhaps Daisy Ridley could voice the character of Rey in an animated series, similar to the way Katee Sackhoff voiced the character of Bo-Katan Kryze in The Clone Wars and Rebels before portraying the character in live-action in The Mandalorian.
As for what an animated post-TROS story would cover, it seems likely that it would show Rey beginning to rebuild the Jedi order. Perhaps she’d travel the galaxy finding Force-sensitive children and start an academy for Jedi. The series could also show the wider galaxy as it copes with the end of the First Order’s oppressive rule.
The success of previous Star Wars animated series suggests that an animated continuation of the sequel trilogy story would be a great idea.