During the 2023 Star Wars Celebration in London, Daisy Ridley surprised fans by announcing she’ll be returning as Rey in an upcoming movie that will be directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Ms. Marvel). The filmmaker teased the project will focus on Rey setting out to build a new Jedi Order. In an April 2023 interview with IGN, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy also revealed the film will take place 15 years following the events of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. While it’s still in early development, Kennedy has since shared a few more details about the project that is sure to excite fans. So, if you can’t wait to see Ridley return as Rey, here’s everything you need to know about her new Star Wars movie.

Plot Details

Obaid-Chinoy confirmed at 2023 Star Wars Celebration that Ridley’s upcoming Star Wars film will be “set in a Jedi academy with a powerful Jedi master,” referring to Rey. While speaking to IGN, Kennedy added viewers will see Rey in a “post-war, post-First Oder” era when “the Jedi are in disarray.” “There’s a lot of discussion around, ‘Who are the Jedi? What are they doing? What’s the state of the galaxy?'” Kennedy explained. “[Rey’s] attempting to rebuild the Jedi Order, based on the books, based on what she promised Luke, so that’s where we’re going.”

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Kennedy has since revealed more details about the film in a June 2023 interview with Games Radar. “Rey has made a promise to Luke and that’s really the core of where we’re going and what this story will be,” she told the publication. “I think it offers just tremendous opportunity to introduce new characters and start with something fresh, because we culminated with what George [Lucas] was creating, and now we take all of that and move it to the next chapter.”

Cast

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So far, Ridley is the only cast member who is officially signed on to the project. However, there’s a chance that Mark Hamill could reprise his role as Luke Skywalker as a force ghost. “I don’t know if we’ll spend a lot of time in flashbacks or [on] Force ghosts or things like that, but certainly, the spirit of what he represents to her is going to be significant,” Kennedy told IGN about Hamill’s potential involvement in the film.

Release Date

Ridley’s movie is one of three new Star Wars films that are set to release on May 22, 2026, Dec. 18, 2026, and Dec. 17, 2027. While it’s unclear which date is attached to Ridley’s film, it’s possible her project could come out as early as May 2026 since it appears to be farther along in pre-production with all of the new details coming out recently.

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