Underwater Actress Almost Played Star Wars' Rey After Grueling 6-Month Audition

by Jeremy Spirogis
Underwater Actress Almost Played Star Wars' Rey After Grueling 6-Month Audition

Once you come to like a star in a job, it is exhausting to think about anybody else taking part in that character. But it is enjoyable to listen to concerning the castings that just about occurred. Star Wars: The Force Awakens launched the ultimate act within the Skywalker Saga with Rey because the central character. Daisy Ridley ended up getting the function, however so many different actresses needed it. One of these actresses was Jessica Henwick.

The Iron Fist and Game of Thrones alum is now starring in Underwater with Kristen Stewart. While speaking about her new sci-fi film, Jessica Henwick discussed how she ended up in The Force Awakens as Jess Pava, and what occurred to Pava after her look. Turns out, J.J. Abrams wrote the character of Jess Pava for her after breaking her coronary heart when she did not get the function of Rey after a six-month audition.

I can solely think about the frustration. Six months of auditions was most likely a number of callbacks, every one dangling the hope. It’s cool that she obtained to be in a Star Wars film in any respect, and Jess Pava developed her personal little fan base even with such a small look. But Rey. Rey is the primary character of the brand new trilogy. Do you suppose Abrams knew when he was casting Rey that he deliberate to do THAT with Rey’s dad and mom?

Anyway, Jessica Henwick might not have gotten to steer the brand new Star Wars films, however she does have a job arising in Godzilla vs Kong and she or he performed Colleen Wing in Iron Fist and The Defenders. She additionally performed Nymeria Sand on Game of Thrones, and she or he’s now in theaters as Emily Haversham in Underwater. She’s positively getting her title on the market.

But these sorts of almost-played tales make me consider different shut castings. Apparently Leonardo DiCaprio was provided Anakin Skywalker. Paul Walker reportedly needed the job (by way of TIME) and was bummed to not get it. Ryan Phillippe even examined for the function, which finally went to Hayden Christensen.

Christopher Walken was reportedly nearly Han Solo as an alternative of Harrison Ford. Kurt Russell mentioned he auditioned for Luke Skywalker and Han Solo and took himself out of the working to do one thing else. Sylvester Stallone mentioned he auditioned for Han Solo and George Lucas did not even take a look at him. Al Pacino mentioned he was additionally provided Han Solo, however he mentioned he was provided the whole lot at that time in his profession after The Godfather.

Jodie Foster reportedly turned down the possibility to play Princess Leia, and Laverne & Shirley‘s Cindy Williams was additionally within the working. Rooney Mara nearly performed Jyn Erso in Rogue One, though she did not get very far in that casting course of due to a scheduling battle.

And Rey? Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher’s personal daughter — who additionally ended up with a brand new function within the Star Wars sequels — mentioned she met with J.J. Abrams to debate the function of Rey. The nice Saoirse Ronan reportedly auditioned for Rey as nicely, and mentioned she had such a good time auditioning and pretending to take a lightsaber out of a bag that the expertise was sufficient by itself.

J.J. Abrams appeared to create a number of little roles for varied actors who did not make the minimize for giant roles, or who perhaps did not have time for them — from Jessica Henwick and Billie Lourd to Dominic Monaghan and Keri Russell’s new characters in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It’s potential one of many new characters will find yourself with a derivative, for the reason that film left room for some.

Jessica Henwick can now be seen in Underwater, which was really filmed just a few years in the past and is just simply now releasing in theaters. Maybe J.J. Abrams can put in a very good phrase for her to be in Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian Season 2?

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