There’s no denying that Daisy Ridley completely won us over as the determined Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but now, you can see the exact moment she won over casting directors as well.
Ridley’s audition tape is included in the Stars Wars: The Force Awakens Digital HD and Blu-ray DVD. Thanks to BuzzFeed, you can watch the new, behind-the-scenes footage early.
The clip, which you can watch here, starts off with director J.J. Abrams explaining what producers were seeking when it came to tracking down their perfect Rey.
“What we were looking for was someone new and this character needed to be vulnerable and tough. Sweet and terrified, and to find someone that no one knew who could do all these things took a lot of looking,” explains Abrams in the clip.
According to the director, despite seeing a slew of actresses, when they saw Ridley, they knew she was it. After seeing Ridley’s tape, it’s not hard to see why. Casting directors asked the actress to perform a torture scene and it’s safe to say she completely knocked it out of the park!
“She just blew my mind— she’s reading this depth of struggle and tears are streaming down her face,” said Abrams. “I thought, ‘This is unbelievable!’”
Unbelievable is definitely a great word to describe it! We can’t wait to see Ridley in action as Rey again when the next Star Wars film hits theaters in 2017!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available on Digital HD on April 1 and on Blu-ray April 5
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