It often happens that the necessary actors compete for a coveted role in a major film. When Walt Disney started casting before Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first follow-up film in the Skywalker Saga, could J.J. Abrams choose from many faces.
In the end, of course, it became the unknown British actress Daisy Ridley and she recently appeared in the very last film in the saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It didn’t matter much if the role was to actress Jessica Henwick gone.
Six month process
This British actress, too, came a long way to play the mysterious Rey character. In conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Henwick said she spent no less than six months in the casting process for The Force Awakens. It wasn’t Henwick, but Abrams gave her a role in the film, as Resistance pilot Jess Pava.
“At the end, JJ said,” I want you in the movie and I want to write a character for you. ” This is how Jess Pava was born. It was a very long experience, “ said Henwick. “I’m such a big JJ fan. So I was a mess at the end of those six months.”
Henwick is doing very well in Hollywood. She already had roles in the Marvel series Iron Fist, in HBOs Game of Thrones and 2020 films like Underwater and Godzilla vs. Kong. She also has a role to play in The Matrix 4.