The new Star Wars cast list was released on April 29 and the female lead is getting a lot of attention.
Out of all the talent, the one who is virtually unknown is Daisy Ridley.
The British starlet is setting Hollywood abuzz with the question of who she is.
1. She’s a Complete Unknown
Soon after her new role was announced, her imdb page was updated to include that she’s best known for Star Wars: Episode VII.
Here’s a tweet Sophia Carr-Gomm, Ridley’s costar in Mr. Selfridge , sent to celebrate the show’s wrap party.
— Sophia Carr-Gomm (@SophiaCarrGomm) October 20, 2013
That clicking noise you hear is the Internet collectively scrambling to google Daisy Ridley.
— Matt Jacobs (@tarantallegra) April 29, 2014
Out of the entire cast, Deadline reported that Ridley is definitely the one generating the most buzz:
The biggest reaction so far has been to Ridley — a Brit actress who has been in a handful of UK series including Mr Selfridge — both because she is fairly unknown and because she’s the only new face keeping this from becoming a total sausage party.
2. There’s Talk She’ll Play Han Solo’s Daughter
There’s already speculation that she will play Han Solo and Princess Leia’s daughter, Jaina Solo, simply because she is sitting between Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in the above photo, taken at the table read.
Ridley’s father, Chris, told the Mirror about his daughter’s rapport with Ford:
She came home and said she’d had coffee with Harrison Ford and he said, ‘Don’t call me Mr Ford! Call me Harrison’
Daisy Ridley sitting inbetween Ford and Fisher? She must be their daughter #StarWarsEpisodeVII
— FridayFilmClub (@FridayFilmClub) April 29, 2014
3. She’s British
Since her Artist Films showreel has been removed from YouTube, this is one of the only videos of her that are available.
London-based Jonathan Arun is her agent.
Her profile page on the agency’s site describes the accents she can take on as Cockney, Dublin, London, Northern, RP, with London and RP being her native dialects:
Daisy Ridley was cast as Jessie in ‘Youngers’ for Big Talk Productions straight out of school. She then played the guest lead role of Fran in the long running BBC TV series ‘Casualty’. This year Daisy has shot the guest role Roxie Starlet in the second season of the ITV series ‘Mr Selfridge’, Charlotte in ‘Toast of London’ for Channel 4/Objective Productions and the guest lead Hannah Kennedy in ‘Silent Witness’ for the BBC. All of which are due for transmission early 2014. Daisy has just been offered a good role in the next ‘Inbetweeners’ movie which she will begin shooting in Jan 2014.
It also lists her physical characteristics:
Height: 5’7 (170cm)
Playing Age: 16 – 20
Eye Colour: Hazel
Hair Colour: Brown
Hair Length: Mid Length
Appearance: White, Eastern European, Mediterranean
4. She’s Dating an Actor
5. She Had a Twitter Page…& a Fake One
— Annie Le Gresley (@AnnieLeGresley) November 29, 2012
— Daisy Ridley (@daisyjazz) April 30, 2014
Her assumed Twitter page, @daisyjazz, has been deleted.
No distraction for Star Wars' Daisy Ridley. Her twitter account @daisyjazz has been deleted.
— Logical Chaos (@logical_chaos) May 1, 2014
There was already an impersonator out in the Twitterverse.
This account, that was created on April 29, got over 2,000 followers. It has since been suspended.
Overwhelmed by all the support. This is the greatest day of my life. I'm told I can't say who I'm playing yet, but it's exciting!
— Daisy Ridley (@DaisyRidley) April 29, 2014
Ridley herself responded to the fakeness, with this tweet, which also included an Instagram picture:
We can't believe this is real and we also don't really like all the fake that are already on twitter http://t.co/NhopvLm6Wf
— Daisy Ridley (@daisyjazz) April 30, 2014
Her Instagram profile contains this tongue-in-cheek tagline:
British. That’s all you really need to know.
6. She’s a Triple Threat
According to the profile on her agent’s site, she’s a singer and a dancer too! In the above clip, we see her singing “Moon River.”
In fact, she attended a performing arts school called Tring Park in Hertfordshire, England.
Donna Hayward, a director at the school, told the Mirror:
I’m not surprised she has got this part. There was always something very special about her. She was always very feisty, but nicely feisty, very clever, independent. If she sets her mind on doing something she’ll achieve it.
Upon hearing the casting news, her alma mater tweeted:
— Tring Park School (@TringPark) April 30, 2014
Here’s the list of her talents in the arts:
7. She Was Called the ‘Biggest Curveball’ in the Cast
Film Divider described the choice of Ridley as “the biggest curveball in the Episode VII cast,” echoing the sentiments of the rest of the Twittersphere.
In addition to Ridley’s obscurity, the news came as a shock since there was talk that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o would be cast in a leading role.
In fact, on March 14, Latino Review said:
We can report that there’s a recent Oscar winner who has been reading for a part for over the past month and she’s extremely close to signing onto the movie: 12 Years A Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o.
A source told The Hollywood Reporter that there’s still another female role to be cast in the flick.
Nyong’o may be the one who won that role. However, there’s also another British actress, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, who has been mentioned as a contender.
The other names attached to the film are John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
8. Her Sister’s a Model
— Kika-Rose (@kika_rose) June 14, 2013
According to the Mirror, her mother, Louise Fawkner-Corbett, is a publicity manager.
9. Her Dad Has Been ‘Sworn to Secrecy’
— Mirror TV (@MirrorTV) May 1, 2014
Her father, Chris, was interviewed by the Mirror. The 73-year-old told the paper that his daughter got the role in Star Wars recently.
They take out an option on you, they sign you and narrow it down. There are various stages,” he revealed. “Then it goes the other way and there is a result. But I’ve been sworn to secrecy.
Although he acknowledges that she her schedule is quite grueling, he’s confident of his daughter’s abilities.
“But if anyone can handle it, she can. They train from morning till night learning all the things they do…She’s managing very well but she’s very tired,” he said.
10. Her First Movie Role Comes This Summer
Her first big-screen part will be in Inbetweeners 2, released on August 6 in the UK and Ireland.
— Daisy Ridley News (@DaisyRidleyNews) May 1, 2014