Daisy Ridley's 'Star Wars' Audition Gets New Behind-the-Scenes Clip

"It wasn't until we found Daisy that we just felt like she was capable of doing all these things this character required," explained J.J. Abrams.
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Disney has pulled back the curtain on how Daisy Ridley was cast for the lead in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

J.J. Abrams revealed in a video on Friday, part of the home-video release of the film, that "what we were looking for was someone new. This character needed to be vulnerable and tough, sweet and terrified. And to find someone that no one knew who could do all these things took a lot of looking."

In the short video, audiences watch Ridley cry in multiple takes of her audition for the part of heroine Rey.

"When we brought her in, I asked her to do this one scene. It was this torture scene, very intense, and she just blew my mind. She's reaching this depth of struggle, and tears were streaming down her face, and I thought, 'This is unbelievable.' " said Abrams. "I asked her to stop, gave her a couple of adjustments, do it again, and she did it again. I thought, 'Oh, my God.' "

Though Abrams said that the team was "very lucky to find some great people" for the leading-lady role, he added, "It wasn't until we found Daisy that we just felt like she was capable of doing all these things this character required."

Watch Ridley's audition below.

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