Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd auditioned for Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The daughter of the late Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd, auditioned for the part of Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi on the not too far distant horizon, the usual Star Wars chatter is only going to increase, and we have learnt an interesting little piece of behind the scenes history this week thanks to Billie Lourd.

Lourd, speaking on The Ellen Show, revealed that director of Episode VII, J.J. Abrams, asked her to come in and read for the starring role of Rey, which would eventually go to Daisy Ridley.

J.J. Abrams called me to come in for Star Wars because he couldn’t find someone for the lead,” Lourd explained. “He ended up finding Daisy Ridley who’s an incredible actress, so talented. But I went in and he ended up giving me this tiny role with a couple of lines. I was super excited.
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