Daisy Ridley Was Not The Original Rey in Star Wars- Jennifer Lawrence and 4 Other Actresses Nearly Derailed Her Career in $10B Franchise

Daisy Ridley Was Not The Original Rey in Star Wars- Jennifer Lawrence and 4 Other Actresses Nearly Derailed Her Career in $10B Franchise
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Daisy Ridley has gone from rags to riches with her internationally recognized role as Rey in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Given the stardom and influence she gained in Hollywood after its release, it is a sure fact that the popular franchise still has a prominent fanbase with many stars still wanting to get associated with it.

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Daisy Ridley as Rey Skywalker
Daisy Ridley as Rey Skywalker in Star Wars sequel trilogy

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Other Actresses Who Got Considered for Daisy Ridley’s Rey Role

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games franchise.
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games franchise.

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Jessica Henwick had to audition for six months for the role. After much consideration, Abrams felt that she would be more suited for Jess Pava’s role which she ultimately played in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 

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Even Hunger Games star, Jennifer Lawrence was also a candidate for the popular role. Despite being on the shortlist, the director chose not to take her audition since he wanted a new face for the role.

Shailene Woodley also auditioned for the part when she was starring in the ABC Family drama series The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Even Little Women star, Saoirse Ronan was considered for the role and was quite disheartened when she did not bag the part.

J. J. Abrams Highly Considered Elizabeth Olsen for Rey Role

Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch
Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch

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Ultimately, Ridley held the lightsaber by debuting in 2015’s The Force Awakens with new faces including John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver. She was seen reprising her role in 2017’s Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi and 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker.

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She will return to the franchise leading a new film that will take place after the events of the 2019 film.

The Star Wars sequel trilogy is streaming on Disney+.

Source: Cheatsheet

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