Daisy Ridley Updates: April 29th – May 5th, 2014

Information on Daisy Ridley will be updated as found.

  • On April 29th the cast of Episode VII was announced by Lucasfilm with a black and white image from the table read. Daisy Ridley is positioned between Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.
  • The Hollywood Reporter has published an article giving insights into the Episode VII casting process. It says,” Although Abrams began meetings as early as August, sources say he didn’t cast the British newcomer Ridley — one of the first leads to be chosen — until February.”
  • From the Mirror, which calls her part “half-royalty, half-action hero,” we hear from her father.

Dad Chris, a 73-year-old photographer and father of five, said Daisy landed  the Star Wars role very 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.”

The proud dad says Daisy is already developing a close working relationship  with her most famous co-star.

“She came home and said she’d had coffee with Harrison Ford and he said, ‘Don’t call me Mr Ford! Call me Harrison’,” said Chris.

“He’s a very sweet guy, though he looks terribly grumpy. She said he looks much better than he does in films and he’s a much nicer guy.”

Asked if Daisy was a Star Wars fan her dad said: “She is now!”

Last updated: May 1 at Noon EST

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