Daisy Ridley is breaking my heart. Already saying she wants out after episode IX?? And The Last Jedi hasn’t even come out yet?
Rey’s one of the best female lead-roles to come from the revolution of the leading actress. The character has depth. She can fight. Honestly, her crazy connection with the force is enough for me to never want her gone.
But she just recently told Rolling Stone “…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.”
This has a different feel to Ben Affleck’s nonsense with Batman, but we’ll get into that in a second.
The first thought for anyone has to be, “she’s worried about being typecast.” Understandable given she’s only 25 years old. Although, I’ve always been a bit confused by actors who get worried about that. If you’re good enough to portray a different type of character, there won’t be any problems. And if you are, take advantage of it and stick with what gets you paid a load of money.
It’s like a baseball catcher refusing to play first base in the twilight of his career. Guy can still hit well, but his catching went south, so the best place to stick him is first. But he’d rather not do that so he either creates problems in the organization or retires.
I’ll never be on that side of things, even if I can understand it to some extent.
It’s also different than Chris Evans saying he wants out as Captain America. She’s young. She’s off to a hot start. She can get various types of roles right now. Evans wasn’t much of anything at that point. A decent Human Torch in an awful Fantastic 4? Not Another Teen Movie? He still hasn’t done much else outside his role as Steve Rogers. But again, why’d he wan to be anyone else?
We know time can change a person’s mind. That’d be great if it helped Ridley. Certainly they could age the character in the next trilogy or terminate her in episode IX if necessary. Aging the character might be a bit tough, even though they make it seem like Rey’s only 18 in the films. Naturally, they’d have to be extremely particular with who took over.
But I really don’t want it to come to that. Not just because Rey’s good, but because she’s the ONLY Rey. There haven’t been two other women to portray her or anything like that. Ridley = Rey. No one else.
Doesn’t mean I couldn’t see Ridley portray a different style character in a different type of movie. All it means is, she’s Rey. No one else is and no one else ever should be.
Which is why I look at this differently than I do Affleck as Batman. There’ve been quite a few guys play the role before him. Great Bruce Wayne, but I like my Batman to be a bit less clunky and maybe more helpful. (I understand he’s older at this point and blah, blah, blah, NOT THE TIME FOR A BATMAN DEBATE.) Either way, he’s not a bad Batman, but other people have played the character — and others will again in time, maybe sooner than we think.
Ridley is the first Rey. If she decides to stay on, she could be the only Rey — until they remake the movies in 50 or whatever years, assuming we live that long, which Ridley doesn’t think we will.
There’s still a lot of time for her to change her mind. Maybe we’ll get lucky? If not, that presents the opportunity for a wrinkle we may not have initially anticipated.