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.
The 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.