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Watch Daisy Ridley’s Raw ‘Force Awakens’ Audition

Actress pushes through intense torture scene in clip from ‘Episode VII’ DVD documentary

Daisy Ridley; J.J. Abrams; Star Wars the Force AwakensDaisy Ridley; J.J. Abrams; Star Wars the Force Awakens

Actress Daisy Ridley delivered a striking, emotional performance during her audition for the part of Rey in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

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Footage from Daisy Ridley’s emotional audition for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available to watch in a preview clip from a documentary that will appear on the upcoming DVD release.

Director J.J. Abrams tasked the relatively unknown actress with reading from a difficult scene in which Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) interrogates and tortures Ridley’s character, Rey. Not only was Ridley able to channel a visceral combination of anger and fear on command — she did it multiple times as Abrams gave her notes.


“She just blew my mind,” Abrams said. “She’s reaching this depth of struggle and tears are streaming down her face, I thought, ‘This is unbelievable.'”

The Force Awakens arrives on DVD and Blu-ray April 5th. The home editions boast a bevy of bonus features, including deleted scenes and a documentary chronicling the making of the film. Featurettes on the first Force Awakens table read, the making of BB-8 and other new creatures and an in-depth look at the climactic lightsaber fight between Rey and Kylo Ren will also be available.

Production on the follow-up to The Force Awakens began in February with Rian Johnson directing the as-yet-untitled Episode VIII. Per Entertainment Weekly Driver spoke about the directorial change at a screening of his new movie, Midnight Special.

“Their temperaments are different,” Driver said of Abrams and Johnson. “I feel like there was so many moving pieces in the first one — just trying to solve it and set the vocabulary for what it was. There’s a lot of that anxiety that’s gone, because people have developed a language. I think it’s more of a testament to Rian coming into something very established and making it [his own]. I can’t wait to get on set, just because he’s so unassuming and intelligent and approachable. The script they’ve come up with is really great.”


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