Although 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX will end the current trilogy of movies in the long-running sci-fi saga, we know there’s plenty more to come. As well the ongoing spinoff movies, Rian Johnson, who has directed next month’s The Last Jedi, is planning a brand new trilogy. Just don’t expect to see Rey actress Daisy Ridley in any of them.
Ridley, who first played the character in 2015’s The Force Awakens and stars in The Last Jedi, has told Rolling Stone that she plans to make Episode IX her final Star Wars movie–for now. “I am really, really excited to do the third thing and round it out, because ultimately, what I was signing on to was three films,” she said. “So in my head, it’s three films. I think it will feel like the right time to round it out.”
Ridley went to explain that if she did return to the franchise it wouldn’t be for 30 years–if we’re around long enough. “I honestly feel like the world may end in the next 30 years,” she said. “But if in 30 years we are not living underground in a series of interconnected cells… then sure. Maybe. But again, it’s like, who knows? Because the thing I thought was so amazing, was people really wanted it. And it was done by people who really love it.”
The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15 and also stars John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, and Andy Serkis. There has been plenty of promotional activity for the movie over past couple of weeks, including a TV spot in which Chewie smacks a Porg, and another that focuses on Luke’s relationship with Rey.
Star Wars: Episode IX will be directed by JJ Abrams, who previously helmed The Force Awakens. The movie was initially set to be directed by Jurassic World‘s Colin Trevorrow, but he left the production in September. It will arrive on December 20, 2019, having moved back from its original release date of May 24.
In related news, it was revealed this month that Disney is planning a live-action Star Wars TV show, which will be available on the company’s upcoming streaming service.