‘Star Wars’: ‘Iron Fist’ Actress Jessica Henwick Almost Played Rey

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.

Are you excited to see Iron First star Jessica Henwick in The Matrix 4? Do you think the Iron Fist star would have made a good Rey in Star Wars? Comment below and let us know!

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

New ‘Titans’ Photos Show Off Aqualad And The Original Team

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Titans Aqualad 01DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, "Aqualad".

"Aqualad" will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.

These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.

You can check out the rest of the gallery for "Aqualad" by clicking "Next".

Here is the official synopsis for season two:

In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.

Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

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