Star Wars Casting
On April 29th, 2014, Daisy Ridley’s life changed considerably – and there isn’t a single person on this planet who could have seen it coming. While hundreds of reports had been published about the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the run-up to the official announcement, there was never a single mention of the possibility that she would land the female lead. In fact, there weren’t really many reports that even suggested that the film would have a female lead (most were focused on the character who would ultimately be played by John Boyega). But she was seated right next to Harrison Ford and chatting with Carrie Fisher in the legendary photo from the first table read:

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam...

Posted by Star Wars on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

As you can see from that post, Daisy Ridley’s name was listed as the second in the cast – but completely lacked any and all details regarding who she would be playing. Could she be the daughter of Han and Leia? Or could she be a brand new villain being introduced to the Star Wars? Back then, we had absolutely no idea – and the truth is that we still don’t really have a full grip on exactly what’s going on with her character (Force Awakens still has no detailed plot synopsis). That being said, over the last year and half we have seen enough footage in various trailers and television spots and learned enough information from interviews to start gaining an understanding of who Rey is and how she may fit into the larger Star Wars universe.

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