Daisy Ridley’s STAR WARS Role May Span All Three Films

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You know what happens when you get cast in a hot property like Star Wars?  Everyone wants to rep you.  Even though there’s a good chance you have yet to see Daisy Ridley in a single thing, she’s one of the most sought-after rising stars in Hollywood right now, probably in large part due to her Star Wars: Episode VII gig.

So far we know don’t know much about her role, but we will come to know her character very well over the years because it’s being reported that her character isn’t just Episode VII-specific.  The plan is to have her cross over into the second and third films as well.  Hit the jump for more.

star-wars-episode-7-castThe story comes from Deadline and is really just focused on the fact that UTA was the agency that won the war to rep Ridley, but, if you read on, you hit this part:

“Well, she is the female lead in the J.J Abrams-directed resuscitation of Star Wars, and the plan is for her carry through to the second and third films that will be directed by Looper helmer Rian Johnson. Ridley was hired for Star Wars: Episode VII after a worldwide casting search.”

Really, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise.  Anyone who was at that initial table read probably has a substantial role in Episode VII and it’s also likely that some of those people have a good shot at continuing on with the franchise.

So far, if the rumors are true, we know that Ridley’s character and John Boyega’s character find a Jedi relic, a lightsaber.  After deciding to hand it over to the “proper people,” they wind up with Han Solo and Chewbacca who ID the weapon as Luke Skywalker’s old lightsaber.  They haven’t seen Luke since what went down in Return of the Jedi, which, at this point, was 30 years ago, so the gang embarks on a mission to track him down.  Again, none of this has been confirmed, so we’re still treating it as a rumor right now, but the idea doesn’t sound half bad.

And did you catch the second bit of news in that piece?  We’ve known Rian Johnson is locked to write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII and do a treatment for Episode IX for quite some time now, but according to this article, he’s directing Episode IX as well.  Lucasfilm has lined up a top team of directors for their new Star Wars trilogy and those spinoff films, but when you get a guy like Johnson, why wouldn’t you hold onto him?  And especially considering it seems as though Episode VII will pass the baton to a new set of characters so that they can take the lead in VIII and IX.  For continuity’s sake, it just makes for Johnson to direct them both.  However, the one big thing that doesn’t make any sense is the timeline.  If Johnson really is helming both Episode VIII and Episode IX, he’s going to have an insane work schedule for the next few years.

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  • Guest

    I thought this was a given that Ridley would be in all three?

    • Farrell

      yeah, I’m not seeing a news story here…it was fairly obvious she and Boyega were the new leads of the franchise, and like Hamill/Fisher/Ford, would be in all three films. It’s a fucking trilogy, why wouldn’t she be in all three? They even said Ep.7 was a “passing the torch” film via Abrams’ rewrite of the script.

  • jack

    I thought it was obvious that she and Boyega were going to be in all 3…guess that info wasn’t confirmed

    • Vulcan

      yeah, I thought so too, I figured that at least one character will die in VII, but not Ridley or Boyega. Or Abrams can surprise us all, and kill all the good guys, and the bad guys win.

      • Doug_101

        You mean the bad guy, Luke Skywalker? – Zero confirmation on that, but it would be pretty cool.

      • Vulcan

        It was a joke. But there really is no confirmation on anything, so anything could happen.

      • MJ

        JJ is not going to take SW and go all Game of Thrones on us. He is not a risk taker.

      • Doug_101

        You’re probably right, but I think Lucas still had a hand in crafting the story, didn’t he? – I’m seriously asking, I’m not sure what’s what with this thing anymore – I think mirroring Vader’s tale of redemption with Luke might appeal to old George.

      • Vulcan

        It was a joke. It’s never going to happen.

  • Doug_101

    I think that part about Johnson directing Episode IX as well may be someone just jumping the gun a bit. It doesn’t sound like anyone confirming anything really, just spouting information they thought they read somewhere else. I’ll wait for the official word from the Mouse. Be great if it’s confirmed, though.

    • http://www.beatific-design.com Beatific

      Yep, this sounds like the article assumes he’s directing the next 2 episodes.

    • enderandrew

      It sounds like Johnson has the first shot at the Episode IX job in that he is allowed to submit a treatment for it, but he doesn’t have the IX job yet.

      And frankly, I don’t believe the ridiculous rumor that VII revolves around them finding Luke’s hand and lightsaber on Tatooine. Same rumor said Luke and Han had zero contact post-RotJ for no real reason.

      • Perry Rhodan

        Rian Johnson again in the overemphasized last paragraph…
        I have the feeling that Matt Evan Gold Dick Berg Son is the only person behind the collider page…

  • vitextreeradar

    if i ever have get a schedule i want that one

  • MJ

    Do any of us really think it’s an accident that the plot just happens to minimize Carrie Fischer’s role?

    • mattinacan

      have you seen carrie fischer, oh my. she could be playing chewbacca’s cousin.

      • MJ

        Yea, that’s kind of my point. Plus the poor lady is nuts.

  • 80sRobot

    I still wish that Saoirse Ronan had landed this role instead over this gal, who looks vaguely like Natalie Portman yet her character is apparently not related to Leia and Padme??

    • DARTH_MUPPET

      I feel fairly confident in telling you that you’ll almost certainly be eating those words when Episode VII is released. Also, no one ever said her character isn’t related to Leia or Padme… quite the opposite in fact.

      • enderandrew

        Some assume she is playing Jaina Solo, but I don’t think Abrams is taking a single thing from the EU sadly.

      • DARTH_MUPPET

        It’s possible they may keep the name Jaina, but I really, REALLY doubt it.

      • DARTH_MUPPET

        It’s possible they may keep the name Jaina, but I really, REALLY doubt it.

  • DARTH_MUPPET

    As someone who IS familiar with most of Daisy’s work prior to landing her gig in the new STAR WARS Trilogy, trust me when I say that we are all in for one hell of a treat. This girl has some serious acting chops. This may sound like hyperbole, but I firmly believe that J.J. struck cinematic gold when he found her.

    • James franco

      I hope your right. Since she is the only female character in the series she better bring her A game

      • DARTH_MUPPET

        Um, but she’s not the only woman in the film. There have been several women cast in the film since the initial casting announcement.

      • josephjoe

        I’ve no doubt that SW7 has all the right women signed on.

      • James Franco

        Who else is there?

      • Vulcan

        Lupita Nyong’o (who won Best Suporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne in Game of Thrones). This was announced a while ago.

      • James franco

        Oh right I forgot

      • Flurt

        Carrie Fisher?

  • mattinacan

    i really wish Rian Johnson was directing all three, i am stoked for his take on SW. JJ’s star wars, ehh i’m not as excited. his star trek movies aren’t very good.

  • Pk

    Would it kill jj to cast more female characters in this movie? It’s turning out to be a major sausage fest!

    • DARTH_MUPPET

      They did cast more women… several in fact.

    • Vulcan

      They also cast Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie. Along with a few unknown actresses.

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  • MainFragger

    I don’t want to start a rumour, but I am guessing that Ridley might be Mara Jade.

    • DARTH_MUPPET

      That may very well be the most absurd thing I’ve heard all day… Thanks!

    • DARTH_MUPPET

      That may very well be the most absurd thing I’ve heard all day… Thanks!

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    She is beautiful. I’ll watch this movie.

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