Best known for her time on Netflix’s Iron Fist, Jessica Henwick reveals that she auditioned for six months for the role of Rey in The Force Awakens.
This past October, Henwick also landed her most significant role to date as a lead character in the highly secretive Matrix 4, alongside original cast members, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.
Jessica Henwick had a six-month-long audition to play Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Iron Fist star went through a long process for a chance to potentially star in the new Star Wars trilogy.
In an interview, Henwick said that she was “a mess” after those six months, as she became emotionally invested in the character after going through such a lengthy audition process.
The role of Rey would eventually go to Daisy Ridley. However, director J.J. Abrams did decide to write a character for Henwick. She was eventually cast in The Force Awakens as X-wing pilot Jess Pava. She can be seen fighting alongside Oscar Issac’s Poe Dameron.
Star Wars isn’t the only franchise known for their lengthy audition process. Most big-budget films and popular franchises are notorious for being very thorough when casting.