Iron Fist star Jessica Henwick revealed that she was in contention to play Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Jessica Henwick has catapulted to stardom thanks to her roles in Iron Fist and Game of Thrones, as well as Underwater which is currently in theatres. The Iron Fist star will also be starring in the upcoming The Matrix 4 and is set to join the MonsterVerse with Godzilla vs. Kong. Jessica Henwick also starred as X-Wing pilot Jessika Pava in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a character that was met with considerable acclaim. While her role in the Star Wars film was brief, Iron Fist star Jessica Henwick was praised for portraying the first female X-Wing pilot fans had ever seen on the big screen.
However, the Iron Fist star revealed this past weekend that she almost played Rey, the role that eventually went to English star Daisy Ridley. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Jessica Henwick revealed that the role of Jessika Pava was written for her after she was passed on for the role of Rey in the Star Wars revival film.
“Oh my God, dude. That was f***ing six months. That was a long one. I was auditioning for a different character, actually, so I spent six months auditioning for that character. And then, at the end, J.J. said, “I want you to be in the film, but I want to write a character for you.” That’s how Jess Pava was created. So, it was a very, very long experience. It’s hard because I’ve been doing this long enough to know that you go in, audition, put it to the back of your mind, don’t think about it and don’t get emotionally invested. But, after six months, you can’t help but just desperately want it. I’m also such a big J.J. fan. So, I was a mess at the end of those six months. “
The editor’s note reveals that the character the Iron Fist star spent six months auditioning for was none other than Rey. The role of Rey is one that no one would want to pass up, so Jessica Henwick’s disappointment is certainly felt. However, Jessica Henwick seems grateful that the role of Jessika Pava was created for her in the Star Wars universe. She mentioned how fans have been asking her if Jessika Pava is still alive in the Star Wars universe and she answered with a resounding yes.
“Yes! Jess Pava is alive and well. You can read up on all her adventures in new spinoff comic books. So, don’t worry, she’s doing great. She’s living her best life.”
Many have criticized Disney for touting themselves as being bastions of diversity when it comes to the Star Wars franchise despite three of their recent female leads being white and English. Having a person of color such as Iron Fist star Jessica Henwick in the lead Star Wars role would have put the naysayers at bay and would have potentially made the franchise more interesting. Beyond the Iron Fist star’s brief appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jessica Henwick didn’t appear in any of the subsequent Star Wars films, despite being a favorite of fans. Regardless of the choices made in the past, Iron Fist star Jessica Henwick is poised to take on the industry by storm, with or without Star Wars.
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Here is the official synopsis for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:
Lucasfilm and director J. J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.
Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is currently in cinemas.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter