Daisy Ridley Roundup: January 2015

2015Here’s the first Daisy Ridley Roundup for 2015. With the debut of The Force Awakens teaser trailer in late November, and Ridley flashing across the screen in some kind of cross between a podracer engine and swoop bike, her appearance on “Who is hot” lists was inevitable. At #20 of 25, EW.com says:

Not much is known of Ridley’s Rey except that she is a certified badass on a speeder. But, as a little-known actress whose biggest credit of 2014 was Mr. Selfridge, Ridley is—like fellow ”Break”-out John Boyega—one of the cast members best positioned to become an overnight sensation.

Phil Noto fan Ep7 poster

The trailer has certainly inspired a lot of fanart. Some who have already honed their talent, professional licensee artists like Grant Gould or Phil Noto, have created stunning proofs of concept. Others are testing their artistic wings while inspired by the franchise. While fan art is the easiest to spot and share, there is also early fan fiction, droid building, and cosplay inspired by 88 seconds of film. Here’s a reminder that it all is inspired by the same passion for the franchise and should all be treated with the same regard.

Gould Rey Concept

Some fans mix their sense of wit with the new Star Wars material to make a statement about the world we live in, like Josh Cagan.

Rey speeder patriarchy

Others, like Todd at TeeOhDoubleDee, create fan art that tells a little story.

Inspired by the film teaser of Star Wars - The Force Awakens

In an early Ridley Roundup, I speculated stunt actress Chloe Bruce might be doubling for Ridley in the movie. Daisy Ridley News shared this shot from the cast party with the two ladies celebrating Episode VII’s wrap!

Daisy Chloe wrap party

top image via StarWars.com

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Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.