The Metro: BIllie Lourd Auditioned For The Role Of Rey

Now here’s an interesting piece of news over at The Metro (and is it perhaps a clue to a certain characters heritage?) Billie Lourd, daughter of Carrie Fisher, auditioned for the role of Rey in The Force Awakens.

Billie Lourd has revealed how she was asked to audition for the role of Rey by JJ Abrams as he was unable to find a lead actress.

Lourd, the daughter of Carrie Fisher who played Princess – and later General – Leia in the film series, later took on a smaller role as a lieutenant and junior controller in the Resistance, and which allowed her to spent more time on set with her mother.

‘J.J. Abrams called me to come in for Star Wars because he couldn’t find someone for the lead,’ said Lourd speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

‘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 lines and I was super excited, didn’t know what was going to happen.’

Mark Newbold
Former Daily Content Manager and Program Director for Jedi News and the podcast network. Co-host RADIO 1138 and Take Cover on the Jedi News Network.