Daisy Ridley’s ‘Disturbing’ Audition Landed Her Iconic Role Of Rey In Star Wars

by : UNILAD on : 19 Nov 2017 20:31

A behind the scenes clip from Star Wars: The Force Awakens shows Daisy Ridley’s incredible acting capabilities.


It goes without saying the actress is good at what she does, otherwise she wouldn’t have pursued a career within the industry, but this audition footage is something else.

In the extras section of the Blu-ray edition of the film, fans can feast on a sneak-peek at the sheer skill displayed by Ridley when she had to act out the scene where Kylo Ren interrogates her character Rey.

Watch it here:


Director JJ Abrams says:

What we were looking for was someone new, and this character needed to be vulnerable and tough and sweet and terrified and to find someone no one knew, who could do all these things, took a lot of looking.

We were very lucky to find some great people but the truth is, it wasn’t until we found Daisy we felt like she was capable of doing all those things the character required.

When we brought her in, we asked her to do this scene, this torture scene and she just blew my mind. She’s reaching this depth of struggle and tears are streaming down her face.

I thought, ‘This is unbelievable’. I asked her to stop and gave her a few adjustments to make and she just did it again and I thought, ‘Oh my God’.


The Last Jedi has received its fare share of flak since its release, with one fan being left so angry after watching it, he decided to set up a petition on Change.org calling on Disney ‘to strike Star Wars Episode VIII from the official canon’ so the events of the film would never happen in the saga.

Instead it would just be a standalone film despite its ties to the rest of the series.

Only a week after the release of The Last Jedi, Star Wars fanatic Henry Walsh has called for the instalment to be remade in order to save ‘the legacy of Luke Skywalker’.

On the petition site, Walsh wrote:

Star Wars has long been a story about two things – the Jedi and Luke Skywalker. After over 260 novels where we could follow the adventures of that great hero you, the Walt Disney Company decided to strike all of that from the official canon and wiped out three decades of lore.

We were excited to see Episode VII to see how our heroes’ lives turned out since you took away what we knew. We saw the death of Han Solo, we saw less than a minute of Luke Skywalker.

Episode VIII was a travesty. It completely destroyed the legacy of Luke Skywalker and the Jedi. It destroyed the very reasons most of us, as fans, liked Star Wars. This can be fixed.


He continued:

Just as you wiped out 30 years of stories, we ask you to wipe out one more, The Last Jedi.

Remove it from canon, push back Episode IX and re-make Episode VIII properly, to redeem Luke Skywalker’s legacy, integrity, and character.

We stuck by you when you did things that hurt us before, so we ask you now, please don’t let this film stand. Don’t do this to us.

Don’t take something so many of us loved so much and destroy it like this. Let us keep our heroes.

Mark Hamill had two roles in The Last Jedi, didn’t you know.

I guess you should be passionate about the things which matter to you!