At the Star Wars Celebration 2023 Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced three new Star Wars films, one of which will see the return of Rey Skywalker, played by Daisy Ridley.
The franchise has been focused on the small screen since 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker, with all eyes on shows like The Mandalorian, Andor, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Now, however, fans can cast their eyes on the future with a little more clarity on where the cinematic side of Star Wars is going.
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But now the film has been announced, what will it be about? And when could we see it?
Here’s everything you need to know about Daisy Ridley’s Star Wars return.
Possible release date for Daisy Ridley’s new Star Wars film
An official release date for Rey’s return has yet to be announced, but this shouldn’t come as a surprise given the recent turmoil, with Damon Lindelof leaving the project and Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight working on the script.
While no release date was offered, speaking exclusively to Yahoo UK, Kennedy revealed that the script was close to being finished, saying, “We’ve just reached a point now where we have a great writer in Steven Knight , he’s come on board and we’re going to see a script probably in the next month and a half that we’ve been working on for quite some time. So we’re getting closer together.”
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It is said to be the most likely Star Wars film to hit the big screen next, with Disney claiming a December 2025 release date for an untitled Star Wars film.
The film with Daisy Ridley Rey
The story will take place 15 years after the events of Episode IX as Rey Skywalker tries to build and train a New Jedi Order.
Speaking to IGN at Star Wars Celebration, Kennedy said, “Well we’re 15 years out from Rise of Skywalker, so we’re post-war, post-First Order, and the Jedi are in trouble.
“There’s a lot of discussion around, ‘Who are the Jedi? What are they doing? What’s the state of the galaxy?’ She (Rey) wants 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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The New Jedi Order is an uncharted end to the existing Star Wars canon under the Disney banner, but it has significant roots in the now-defunct Expanded Universe books.
Published between 1999 and 2003, the New Jedi Order books follow Luke Skywalker, along with the New Republic, as they fight against the threat of the Yuuzhan Vong – a race of rogue aliens who want to take over the galaxy.
It remains to be seen whether the upcoming film takes any beats from these books or opts for a completely original story.
Who will star alongside Daisy Ridley and Rey is back?
Daisy Ridley will be returning as Rey Skywalker, last seen in The Rise of Skywalker. It is unclear if she will be joined by her sequel trilogy co-stars Oscar Isaac and John Boyega.
Speaking to Variety at the Star Wars Celebration, Kathleen Kennedy spoke about Ridley’s excitement to return to the franchise, saying she was “out of her mind”.
She went on to elaborate on Ridley’s attendance at the conference, “It was a simple phone call. I started out saying, ‘Hey, I think we’re getting close to being ready.’
“We’ve been talking a lot about what we’re doing in the film space, and I said, ‘I think we’re getting close to being ready. How would you like to go to Celebration?’ That was really the beginning of it. She was crazy excited.”
No other cast details are known at this time, but there is a possibility that we will see Grogu, with the story taking place about 45 years after the events of The Mandalorian, and the focus on the New Jedi Order.
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This would make Grogu around 90 years old – the same age that Master Yoda became a Jedi Knight in the current canon.
Who is directing?
Documentary Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who recently worked on the series Disney + Ms. Marvel is leading the untitled project, based on a script by Steven Knight, who took over from Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
The Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker has won two Academy Awards for documentary shorts, and brings a humanistic style to a galaxy far, far away.
Obaid-Chinoy will also celebrate being the first woman to lead a Star Wars project, as well as the first person of color.
Is there a trailer for Daisy Ridley’s Star Wars return?
There is no trailer for the project and it is unlikely that there will be one for the foreseeable future until production begins.
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