Daisy Ridley’s powerful Star Wars audition shows exactly why she landed the role of Rey

"She just blew my mind," says Episode VII: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams

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The Force is certainly strong in actress Daisy Ridley, with Episode VII: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams admitting she blew his mind in her first audition. 

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“What we were looking for was someone new,” he explained, ahead of footage of Ridley acting out a torture scene. “This character needed to be vulnerable and tough, sweet and terrify. To find someone that no-one knew who could do all these things took a lot of looking.

“We were very lucky to find some great people. But the truth is, it wasn’t until we found Daisy that we just felt like she was capable of doing all of these things this character required,” he added. 

When Ridley set about performing what would become an intense scene between Rey and Kylo Ren, Abrams admitted he sat back and thought “Oh my god”. 

How did Daisy Ridley get her part in the UK's biggest film of all time? Watch her powerful audition for The Force Awakens, below. Available on digital download April 11 and on Blu-ray on April 18

Posted by Star Wars on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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The clip has been shared ahead of the DVD/Blu-Ray release on April 18th, which will feature more behind-the-scenes clips from the record-breaking film.