In a new clip from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens documentary, fans will be able to see part of the audition tape that led to Daisy Ridley securing the role of Rey.
The torturous scene, which seems to be similar to the moment Kylo Ren attempts to break into Rey’s mind while on board Starkiller Base, was used to see how vulnerable Ridley could get, according to director J.J. Abrams. In the clip, Ridley has tears streaming down her face and was instructed to do the scene over and over again so Abrams could gauge the actress’ abilities.
The clip mentions that because they needed a fresh face to restart the Star Wars franchise, finding an actress who could pull off vulnerability in one scene and and transform completely in the next proved to be rather difficult. When Abrams saw Ridley’s audition, however, he knew he had to cast her in the role.
The documentary will be included in the Blu-ray version of The Force Awakens, which is available online and in stores April 5.
Watch: Daisy Ridley’s audition for ‘The Force Awakens’
Yeah, everyone has seen this. But here it is anyways! I didn’t care about it until I actually watched it. Pretty rad. Reminded me of how much I enjoyed Ridley’s performance as Rey Skywalker (I’m kidding). 10/10, do anticipate Episode VIII.