Since The Rise of Skywalker brought the Skywalker Saga to a highly controversial close last December, there's been a wide array of responses from stars involved regarding potential returns to the franchise. Both John Boyega and Oscar Isaac have completely shot down the prospects of reprising their roles, with the former having some blunt words for the treatment of his character. Mark Hamill has also confirmed that he's hanging up Luke Skywalker's Jedi boots.
Naomi Ackie, who played newcomer Jannah in Episode IX, seemed to be more interested, even discussing potential future stories for her character. Billy Dee Williams reprised his role of Lando Calrissian in the film, and a recent rumor indicates that he'll be putting on the cape yet again for a series starring he and Donald Glover on Disney+. But what about the Sequel Trilogy's main character? It sounds like there's a chance...
In an interview with Josh Gad on Jimmy Kimmel Live! via Twitter user Sleemo, actress Daisy Ridley didn't reject the possibility of returning as Rey:
"Never say never, but to me The Rise of Skywalker was tied off with a bow."
Ridley's full interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! can be watched below:
WHAT THIS MEANS
Essentially, it's still up in the air. Should the opportunity present itself, and certainly it will, it wouldn't be surprising in the slightest to see Ridley return as Rey. For the time being, the actress is likely setting her sights on other projects, but give it a decade and it's conceivable that Ridley, and even some of her currently reluctant co-stars, could be compelled to return given the right story.
Rey got to do it all in The Rise of Skywalker, so it's no surprise that Ridley feels her character's story was wrapped up, despite the ending marking a new beginning. Controversial opinions and preferences aside, Ridley gave it her all in all three of the sequel films, providing a young generation of little girls with a hero to look up to. Should the time come when Rey is needed again, it's a good bet Ridley will be there, ready to give a performance that will inspire generations to come.